2018 NCAA Basketball Championship Odds & Picks

2018 NCAA Basketball Championship Odds & Picks

With the college basketball regular season virtually complete and conference championship play set to get underway in a mere matter of days, it’s a perfect time to offer up some expert analysis and free picks on the college basketball odds to win the quickly approaching March Madness national championship.

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NCAA Basketball Championship Odds & Picks

The 5Dimes Favorite Pick To Win: Michigan State +550

There’s a reason the Spartans (28-3) are the top favorites on the board college oops bettors. Well, there are several actually. The Spartans possess a wealth of size and athleticism that you just don’t see on many teams, even in today’s athletically-crazy times, where every player seems to be some sort of athletic freak of nature. Michigan has a whopping five players averaging double figures in scoring and they rank 31st in scoring (82.1 ppg) and an even more impressive 19th in points allowed (64.6 ppg).

The Spartans also have at least three sure-fire NBA performers in forwards Miles Bridges (16.8 ppg), Nick Ward (13.0 ppg) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (11.4 ppg) and that doesn’t include their pair of blossoming sophomore backcourt starters in point guard Cassius Winston (12.5 ppg) and shooting guard Joshua Langford (12.2 ppg).

The Smart Pick To Win The 2018 NCAA Basketball Title: Villanova +600

It looks like the Villavona Wildcats (25-4) are in the midst of some shocking struggles that have seen the previously top-ranked team in the country drop three of their last six games at the time of this writing, but I haven’t lost faith that they can beat any team in the country and you shouldn’t either. The Wildcats rank first in the nation in scoring (87.5 ppg) and outscore their opponents by a whopping 16.3 points per game as they limit the opposition to 71.2 points per contest. Villanova is the only team in the country that I can think of that has an insane six…repeat…six, double-digit scorers. The Cats can score from the perimeter and down low and are both, mature and well-coached. Make no mistake about it, Villanova is going to be difficult to dispatch once March Madness gets underway, if not impossible.

The Longshot Pick To Win The NCAA Basketball Championship: Wichita State +2000

Wichita State entered the regular season as one of the top favorites to win the national championship, but right about now, they are most definitely reminding everyone of that fact as they’ve won six straight and eight of their last nine games. The Shockers are ranked a stellar 16th in scoring (84.2 ppg) and limit the opposition to 71.1 points per game defensively. Wichita State is ranked 29th in field goal shooting percentage (48.3%) and 28th in three-point shooting (39.4%) while also ranking 58th in defensive field goal percentage (41.8%). The Shockers have four players averaging double figures in scoring and a whopping five more that each average at least 5.1 points per contest, so they’ve got plenty of offensive firepower, not to mention that head coach Gregg Marshall is now, clearly established as one of the most elite college hoops coaches in the nation. The Shockers have the look of a dangerous team right about now, even if they’re not exactly the longest of longshots!

The Rest of the Field:

  • Duke +650
  • Virginia +700
  • Purdue +1200
  • Kansas +1600
  • North Carolina +2000
  • Xavier +2000
  • Gonzaga +2500
  • Arizona +2500
  • West Virginia +2800
  • Cincinnati +3300
  • Kentucky +4000
  • Michigan +4000
  • Auburn +4500
  • Texas Tech +5000
  • Rhode Island +6600
  • Ohio State +6600
  • Oklahoma +8000
  • Missouri +8000
  • Tennessee +8000
  • Florida +8000
  • Florida State +10000
  • Louisville +10000
  • Texas A&M +10000
  • Saint Mary’s +10000
  • Seton Hall +10000
  • Miami Florida +15000
  • Houston +15000
  • Butler +15000
  • Clemson +15000
  • Nevada +17500
  • NC State +20000
  • Texas +20000
  • UCLA +20000
  • USC +20000
  • Arkansas +20000
  • Arizona State +25000
  • Creighton +25000
  • TCU +25000
  • Temple +30000
  • Oregon +30000
  • Penn State +30000
  • Alabama +30000
  • Kansas State +30000
  • Virginia Tech +30000
  • Middle Tennessee +40000