My brothers and I are ramping up to our 4th annual March Madness Betting, Eating and Drinking Extravaganza. After Super Bowl we go into full on College basketball mode. We watch as many games as possible, watch the conference tournaments, and compile all kinds of data for each team when the field of 64 is announced. We have a spreadsheet with about a dozen categories for each team, and each category is given a certain amount of weight in the final ranking of each team. The funny thing is, when we get all the data in and let the computer do its thing, we can almost predict the line of prospective game. My point is, that the brains in Vegas are the best at handicapping, and beating Vegas, over the long haul, is ridiculously tough. Whatever research we may be doing, they are doing more, and have more resources to draw from. 2 years ago we all scored BIG on Mercer over Duke. Our numbers told us that Mercer had a very decent shot of knocking off Duke, and that's just what happened. We all bet big and scored. Since then we have found ourselves chasing the big money line score. Looking for an underdog to shock the world and and pay a +700. As you can imagine, we've not had another big hit. But, we have found ourselves chasing it. Obviously every year there are underdogs who win, but it is getting more obvious to us that trying to sniff out these games may not be the best use of our time and money. We've been told to stick to points bets, and use our data to pick the favorites or underdogs who will cover. Another thing that is getting obvious is to stay away from games where our prospective team is playing. Betting on the game just cuz you're a fan is stupid. It's tough to place a bet against your team. You want to cheer for them. So I guess I'd like to hear some others' strategies. Do you have a plan for the whole weekend that you stick to? Do you bet as many games as you can, or do you go big on just a few games? Thanks in advance, and hey, it's less than 50 days until the Madness begins!