After a long hiatus, we will finally get March Madness back this weekend after it was canceled last year due to the emergence of the COVID-19 virus in the United States. It was a very sad moment a year ago when we saw all sports leagues shut-down, and we were robbed of what was sure to be an amazing tournament season last year. It seems as though we have advanced enough through this crisis to get a tournament this year, and boy are we in for a good one.

For the first time since 2005, the Illinois Fighting Illini are a number-one seed in the NCAA Tournament. They dominated through their season, finishing only behind Michigan in the Big Ten Conference (which is up for debate, quite frankly). They romped through the Big Ten Tournament, eventually beating the Ohio State Buckeyes in the conference final 91-88 to claim their first Big Ten title since that ’05 season.

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Best Underdog Bet

#13 Ohio +7.5 vs. #4 Virginia

I like Ohio for many reasons against Wichita State. Ohio point guard Jason Preston has racked up the 10th-highest assist rate in college basketball, and he’ll be key to a sped-up tempo that will make Virginia have to be uber-efficient, as they rank near the bottom of the NCAA in pace. Preston will dominate the Cavaliers’ Kihei Clark in the halfcourt.

Preston leads an Ohio offense that boasts the 56th-highest 3-point percentage (36.6%) in the country, and it’s perimeter offense will be critical against Virginia’s pack-line defense that will be looking to guard the paint.

Virginia is also dealing with COVID issues right now after someone in their program tested positive for the virus. It doesn’t really matter who exactly suits up for head coach Tony Bennett’s team this weekend, as whoever does will have had only one day of practice in Indianapolis. That doesn’t exactly make me very confident that they will be ready for this sharpshooting Ohio team. They are a live dog for sure against the Cavaliers in the round of 64.

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Matt Horner
Graduated magna cum laude from Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a degree in sports journalism. Lifelong Chicago sports fan and avid gambler. Not afraid to take the under.