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March Madness Picks: The Anatomy of a Championship TeamOne of the goals for many people when they do their March Madness betting is to identify the champion. This makes sense because you can make a lot of money in a lot of different ways when you ID the right team. You could win your pools by picking the champ, and you can even place futures bets on the champion of the tournament. With that in mind, it might make some sense to identify those factors that usually lead to success in March Madness.

Most championship teams have a combination of good offense and good defense. This might seem intuitive, but it is important to recognize that some teams are only good at one or the other. In the tournament, you need both of these things. Some nights, the shots will not fall, so a team without a defense will have trouble hanging around. Look for teams that have demonstrated good play on both sides of the ball.

In addition, you should not get caught up in picking teams based upon veteran play. In the past, we have seen many freshmen help their teams make runs to the title. Look for teams that take care of the ball and get to the free throw line. Whether they are senior-laden or young is not a concern to you. What should matter is how efficiently they put the ball in the hoop and how often they stop others from putting the ball in that hoop.