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March Madness Dark Horses Who Could Win It All

These Teams Have Flown Under the Radar and Could Cause a Stir in the Highly Anticipated March Madness.

March Madness Dark Horses Who Could Win It All
Mark Sears #1 of the Alabama Crimson Tide - Brandon Sumrall/Getty Images/AFP

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If you’re seeking something a bit chalkier, then Alabama could be the ticket for you…

If you follow NCAA basketball then you already know the big names, the favorites that will surprise no one if they make a bid for the national championship. But what about those teams that few, if any, are convinced they’ve got the goods to take home the hardware? Below we discuss three relatively long shots that could surprise everyone but us!

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Washington State Cougars (+20,000)

This is our biggest long shot on the board as BetUS odds tell us the Washington State Cougars are +20,000 to win the championship. But should the Cougars be dismissed so readily by the oddsmakers? The team is ranked 21st in the nation and, as of this writing, has reeled off seven straight wins and 10 of their last 11 contests.

Even their head coach, Kyle Smith, said his team is acting like they’ve been there before.

I’m probably a little more surprised than they are. They don’t really know what they’re doing because they’re blank slates in this league. They just keep surprising me,” said Smith.

If we look ahead to the projected March Madness schedule the Cougars will likely be seeded as high as fourth or as low as eighth barring any late-season collapse.

The Cougars already have a 73-70 victory over No. 4 Arizona in the bank and they will be traveling to the desert on Thursday for a rematch. Assuming they don’t sweep the season series and drop their Thursday night showdown, this is still a team that is feeling it as the season winds down. Don’t discount the Cougars, after all, the price is right.

 

Gonzaga Bulldogs (+8000)

As we turn our attention to the Western Athletic Conference, we have our choice between the two top teams in the conference, St. Mary’s, and Gonzaga. Was there ever a time when these two weren’t at the top of the WAC?

As of this writing, St. Mary’s has a narrow edge with one more win but one more game played than Gonzo. The Gaels also notched a 64-62 win over the Bulldogs three weeks ago and are ranked 18th in the nation.

However, Gonzaga has the experience of going deep into this tournament and it was only two years ago they were a No. 1 seed in the West Region before getting ousted by Arkansas in the Sweet 16 and busting up everyone’s March Madness bracket. The Dawgs will meet the Gaels in their final game of the regular season and that’s when they will exact their revenge.

After that, anything can happen, and although they are being overlooked this year, we see them kickin’ ass and takin’ names. Let’s grab the +8000 of BetUS odds before the rest of the world notices.

 

Alabama Crimson Tide (+2500)

If you’re seeking something a bit chalkier, then Alabama could be the ticket for you. We can think of several other teams that the public will be pissing themselves to bet on like U Conn, Purdue, Houston, North Carolina, Kansas, and even Tennessee. But Alabama…not so much.

We’ll let Joe Q. Public and all his square friends send all that dough to the bookies while we side with a team that has a definite shot at the crown. Fortunately, the average recreational bettor, who suddenly becomes a college basketball wiz in March, doesn’t even consider Bama until sometime in September when 100,000 maniacs are packing Bryant–Denny Stadium screaming “Roll Tide.”

I’m here to tell you that this Bama squad is for real, making college basketball news as the No. 2 scoring team in the nation and averaging nearly 91 points per game. After three consecutive losses against top 10 teams earlier in the season, the Tide has won 10 of their last 12 games led by 6’1” guard Mark Sears, who has been an absolute assassin this season, shooting 51.6% from the field and over 45% from three-point land, along with 1.8 steals per game.

We’ll just sit back and chuckle as the chalk-eaters watch their bankroll and their brackets evaporate when Purdue chokes again just like they did last year when they became only the second No. 1 seed in history to get upset in the first round. While that’s happening, we’ll be cashing, and rolling with the Tide!

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