The NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament field is set. Villanova is the college hoops betting odds favorite to win the title at +465, followed by Virginia at +570 and Duke at +775. Who else has a hot at winning the glory of March Madness? Let’s find out.
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2018 College Basketball Title Odds & Picks
- Villanova +465
- Virginia +570
- Duke +775
- Michigan State +940
- Kansas +1350
- Cincinnati +1350
- Purdue +1350
- North Carolina +1575
- Michigan +1675
- Arizona +2150
- Xavier +2150
- Gonzaga +3000
- Tennessee +4300
- Kentucky +4400
- West Virginia +4400
- Wichita State +5400
- Texas Tech +6500
- Auburn +8000
- Ohio State +11000
- Houston +11000
2018 College Basketball Title Betting Favorites: Villanova +465
Villanova is the best team of the favorites. At +465, Nova offers fair odds. The issue with backing Villanova is that they don’t seem to have that one player to carry them all the way to another title. Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins were those two guys when Nova won the title in 2016. Nobody seems to be that guy this season.
2018 College Basketball Title Smart Pick: Virginia +570
+570 on the best defensive team in the nation? Really? It’s true that the Selection Committee didn’t give the Cavaliers any help. Both Kentucky and Arizona are on Virginia’s side of the bracket. So are tough teams Kansas State and Creighton.
But, the odds are out of this world because no team in any region plays defense as well as the Virginia Cavaliers. Virginia allows 53.4 points per game on average. Opponents average less than 38% from the field versus UVA. From the 3-point line, opponents only average 30.3%
The Cavaliers are worth a bet at +570 .
2018 College Basketball Title Longshot Pick: Arizona +2150
The Arizona Wildcats appear to have melded as a top college basketball team. Zona’s biggest asset is center DeAndre Ayton. Ayton’s skilled enough to not only dominate on the blocks but to also drain 3-point shots. He’s got excellent footwork for a freshman center. However, Ayton isn’t the Wildcats’ only weapon. Dusan Rustic, the center power-forward, feeds off Ayton and Ayton feeds off Rustic.
If you can handle Zona’s big men, you must deal with sharp shooter Allonzo Trier, bulldozing small forward Rawle Alkins, or point-guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright. Zona’s loaded. They’re also inspired after having to deal with a seemingly false accusation about their coach, Sean Miller.