January 24, 2022

Upsets & Sleepers? There are always a few

2 min read

We know odds makers are all over the 34-0 Wildcats to with the Big Dance but every year a few sleepers and outsets pop up that have oddsmakers scratching their heads.

In 2015 there is no exception to the above statement the only problem being who will the team or teams be and how can we find those to help us with our brackets.

The first round has concluded and as we bounce the call into round # 2 we can’t help but look at Texas over Butler as one of those possible upset games.

Americasbookie has the current line set at #11 seed Texas as a (-2) favorite over the #6 ranked Butler.. Keep in mind you can open up your betting account in less than 5 minutes with one simple call or by going to www.americasbookie.com

You may look at this match up and wonder why an #11 seed when Butler had a great 12-16 record in the big east and pulled off shocking wins over North Carolina and Georgetown?

Just over to Texas who was ranked in the top ten coaches polls prior to the season beginning and won 14 of their first 15 games and that first loss came at the hands of the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats.

Since losing to Kentucky the steam was taken out of Texas and the downward spiral began and they we 4-11 in the next 15 played.

Now your sitting there wonder where and why would we take an 11 ranked team who struggled down the stretch? Grab your pen and follow along as numbers don’t lie,well at least we hope history will repeat itself.

11 vs. 6

There have been forty-one 11 seeds that have defeated 6 seeds in the first round:
Year Winner Loser Score
2014 Tennessee Massachusetts 86-67
2014 Dayton Ohio State 60-59
2013 Minnesota UCLA 83-63
2012 Colorado UNLV 68-64
2012 North Carolina State San Diego State 79-65
2011 Marquette Xavier 66-55
2011 Virginia Commonwealth Georgetown 74-56
2011 Gonzaga St. John’s 86-71
2010 Washington Marquette 80-78
2010 Old Dominion Notre Dame 51-50
2009 Dayton West Virginia 68-62
2008 Kansas State So. California 80-67
2007 Winthrop Notre Dame 76-64
2007 Virginia Commonwealth Duke 79-77
2006 UW-Milwaukee Oklahoma 82-74
2006 George Mason Michigan State 75-65
2005 UAB LSU 82-68
2003 Central Michigan Creighton 79-73
2002 Wyoming Gonzaga 73-68
2002 Southern Illinois Texas Tech 76-68
2001 Georgia State Wisconsin 50-49
2001 Temple Texas 79-65
2000 Pepperdine Indiana 77-57
1998 Washington Xavier 69-68
1998 Western Michigan Clemson 75-72
1996 Boston College Indiana 64-51
1995 Texas Oregon 90-73
1994 Pennsylvania Nebraska 90-80
1993 Tulane Kansas State 55-53
1991 Creighton New Mexico State 64-56
1991 Connecticut LSU 79-62
1990 Loyola Marymount New Mexico State 111-92
1989 Minnesota Kansas State 86-75
1989 Evansville Oregon State 94-90 (OT)
1989 South Alabama Alabama 86-84
1989 Texas Georgia Tech 76-70
1988 Rhode Island Missouri 87-80
1986 LSU Purdue 94-87 (OT)
1985 Boston College Texas Tech 55-53
1985 UTEP Tulsa 79-75
1985 Auburn Purdue 59-58

I feel Texas and their size will prevail and allow them one more game prior to what I see as their exit point in the tournament.

My Second Round picks are: Kentucky,Maryland, Notre Dame West Virginia,Texas,Purdue.

See you in the round of 32.

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