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2009 NCAA Brackets: Which Teams Will Be Top Seeds?

Written by:
Tyrone Black
Published on:
Mar/15/2009

When it comes to determining the 2009 NCAA brackets possibilities, one typically starts at the top, where we already have some idea of which teams will be named top seeds.

But even that's become a bit difficult over the past few days.

"We've witnessed quite a few upsets of teams that are expected to be named as top seeds," said Don Shapiro of Gambling911.com.  "This actually will make the 2009 NCAA Tournament all the more interesting for the gambling public and online bookmakers - the idea that a number of these teams appear vulnerable."

Just how crazy was it?

Regular season champions and the team favored to win the 2009 NCAA Tournament, North Carolina, Michigan State, Kansas, Oklahoma, UConn and Pittsburgh all lost their respective games these past few days leading into the tournament.

Because of these upsets, things just became a little less predictable at the top.

Memphis is now within striking distance of a number one seed.  Likewise, Duke may also find itself among the top seeds.

Despite their loss the other night, North Carolina should still seal a number one seed.  Louisville is almost a "lock". 

When it comes to the 2009 NCAA brackets, history is on the side of the top three seeded teams.

In the last 20 years, No. 1 seeds have won 70% of the NCAA tournament. No. 2 seeds have won the title 10% of the time - Duke won as a No. 2 seed in 1991 and Kentucky won as a No. 2 in 1998.

Interestingly, No. 3 seeds have actually won 15% of the last 20 NCAA tournaments. Michigan was a No. 3 in 1989; Syracuse was a No. 3 in 2003; and Florida was a No. 3 in 2006.

Add it all up, and 95% of the last 20 tournaments have been won by one, two, or three-seeds.

You can place your 2009 March Madness bets at BetUS.com

Tyrone Black, Gambling911.com

 

 

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