March Madness is almost upon us here at HRWager. The mid majors had a very bumpy road. Twelve tournaments so far have seen only one number one seed grab that automatic bid. Now we have an interesting situation developing. Does the committee take the usual route in placing Power Five afterthoughts in the tourney or do they go for the little men this year? Join us here at HRWager as we make the case for Monmouth and others to make the field this year.
March Madness : Scrubs or Potential
The eyeball test can easily be applied to major schools for their inclusion or not in the tourney. Young teams that come on late in the year should be included from the Power Five and beyond. They have the talent and have learned what it takes to win at the college level. That should be it. Do I really want to see a Syracuse, Michigan, Florida, or Oregon State team that have little to no chance? Give me the smaller teams with the shock the world potential for the first few rounds. More compelling television than the crumbs left on the table from the Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12, or SEC conferences!
Monmouth in Particular
Here is the resume of Monmouth (27-7).
- Wins over USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, and Georgetown
- 13-4 on the road with 4-2 on neutral court
- X-factor of bench for additional ratings boost seen here
Thank you to John Henry on Youtube for posting this.
To be balanced, Monmouth had some bad losses to under 200 RPI teams and did not win their conference tournament. However, they have much more upside than the average teams in larger conferences. With the inclusion of these smaller schools, the entertainment and profitability of March Madness increases for both the casual fan and serious basketball handicapper. Good fortune in your sports investments today and we will see you later on here at the HRW.