As this year’s calendar was turning the page to March, speculation started to ramp up for this season’s Final Four of the annual men’s basketball NCAA Tournament. At that time, no one knew the extent of damage the lurking coronavirus would go on to wreak on the entire country as well as the entire world.
Two weeks later, the NCAA pulled to plug on the entire collegiate spring sports schedule. As the various conference tournaments were just getting started, the 2020 NCAA Tournament was cancelled in its entirety. This dealt a major blow to college basketball fans and bettors alike.
The Baylor Bears were the most captivating team in the nation for most of the regular season in the midst of an extended 23-game winning streak. Three losses in their last five games dropped this Big 12 power to No. 5 in the AP Top 25.
The Mountain West Conference’s San Diego State Aztecs remained undefeated through their first 26 games. Their overall resume was good enough to finish sixth in the final AP poll.
Two teams that were poised for a possible Final Four run at March Madness 2020 were the ACC’s No. 4 Florida State Seminoles and the SEC’s No. 8 Kentucky Wildcats. Given the overall results of this year’s season, the list of potential Final Four teams was much deeper than usual.
Unfortunately, sports bettors never got a chance to bet on their top picks. However, College Hoops 24/7 used a computer simulation to project the 2020 Virtual Final Four. The basis was fan votes on Twitter so take these results with a grain of salt.
How the College Hoops 24/7 computer simulation looked:
►Kansas, as the consensus favorite to win the national title was stunned by the Eastern Tennessee State Buccaneers in the Elite 8. Playing out of the Southern Conference, they won their final 12 games of the season as part of an overall record of 30-4.
►The other half of the Final Four matchup on the left side of the bracket was the Big Ten’s Michigan State Spartans. As one of the top teams in the nation early in the season, they fell out of favor with an early February swoon. Michigan State started to build some momentum towards the end of the season, so this pick is not too much of a reach. The Spartans knocked off Villanova in the Sweet 16 and Dayton in the Elite 8 during this virtual run to the Final Four.
►San Diego State played true to form in its virtual Final Four run with victories against Maryland in the Sweet 16 followed by a victory against the Xavier Musketeers in the Elite 8 round. The Big East’s Musketeers knocked off Gonzaga in their Sweet 16 matchup.
►Kentucky was touted as a dangerous team heading into this year’s tournament. Virtually, the Wildcats came through with a Final Four run that was highlighted by wins over Florida State and Baylor.
A big part of the services that my marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for sports betting websites. I have been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.
It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.
The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.
My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.
I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.