March Madness

A (Un)Scientific Approach to picking the 2018 March Madness Champion

by John Ewing • April 5, 2017

North Carolina is the reigning college basketball champions after defeating Gonzaga in the title game on Monday. Now that the season is over we can look ahead to next year. Kentucky, North Carolina and Duke are the favorites but which team will win it all? Here is an unscientific approach to picking the 2018 March […]

2017 College Basketball National Championship Game Preview

by John Ewing • April 2, 2017

North Carolina defeated Oregon and Gonzaga bested South Carolina to advance to the national championship game. This is the Tar Heels second straight title game and the Zags first appearance. Here is everything you need to know about the big game on Monday. Betting Line The lookahead lines leading up to the Final Four had […]

South Carolina: Moneyline Rollover vs. Future Bet

by John Ewing • March 30, 2017

The Gamecocks are the Cinderella team of the 2017 NCAA tournament. Upsets over Duke, Baylor and Florida have propelled the school to its first ever Final Four. South Carolina is on a magical run and you might be tempted to place a bet on Frank Martin’s team +950 to win the title. However, before you do, […]

How many upsets will there be in the Sweet 16?

by John Ewing • March 21, 2017

Fans love the NCAA tournament because of the Madness. The Big Dance started relatively tame but chaos broke out when Villanova, Duke and Louisville all lost over the weekend. How many upsets will there be in the Sweet 16? To answer that question we pulled every Sweet 16 game since 1985, when the field expanded […]

2017 Sweet 16 Value Bets

by John Ewing • March 21, 2017

We started with 68 teams, now less than a fourth of the squads remain after two rounds. Heading into the Sweet 16 what teams have value to win the college basketball championship? To determine if a team has value we look at what their current odds are to win the NCAA championship at 5Dimes and […]

Biggest Upsets in First Round of NCAA Tournament

by John Ewing • March 15, 2017

Wild upsets put the Madness in March. The Big Dance tips Thursday but before it does lets look back at some of the biggest upsets in the First Round of the NCAA tournament. Bet Labs database goes back to the 2004-05 season. No. 2 Missouri vs. No. 15 Norfolk State – 2012   When Norfolk […]

Trend of the Week: 5-seed Virginia vs. 12-seed NC Wilmington

by John Ewing • March 15, 2017

Context According to the American Gaming Association there will be $10.4 billion bet on the NCAA tournament. The public will wager most of that money. March Madness is the best time of the year to be contrarian. On Thursday 5-seed Virginia and 12-seed NC Wilmington will meet in the First Round. Squares are betting one […]

Will there be a perfect bracket?

by John Ewing • March 14, 2017

For many fans of March Madness the Holy Grail of the NCAA tournament is a perfect bracket. Is 2017 the year, will there be a perfect bracket? Will there be a perfect Bracket on ESPN (5Dimes): Yes +4000, No -10000 1-in-135 billion chance of perfection — Bet Labs Sports (@Bet_Labs) March 8, 2017 […]

2017 NCAA tournament: which region is the toughest?

by John Ewing • March 14, 2017

Which region is the toughest? What 1-seed got the best draw? We could argue these questions until we are blue in the face or we could turn to math for the answer. Using the Bracket Simulator we ran 10,000 simulations on a neutral court of every 1-seed against each 2-seed, 3-seed and 4-seed in every […]

NCAA Tournament Betting Trends

by John Ewing • March 13, 2017

Before you fill out your bracket or place a bet, here are betting trends to know for the 2017 NCAA tournament. There is incredible power in understanding how teams, players, leagues and markets have reacted to various scenarios. Using Bet Labs massive database of proprietary sports betting information you can easily build and explore data-driven […]