With the NFL season almost over, it is time to turn our focus to college hoops. March Madness is around the corner. Here are the odds and picks you should keep an eye on.
2018 College Basketball Title Odds & Picks
- Duke +500
- Villanova +500
- Michigan St +525
- Wichita St +1200
- Virginia +1400
- Purdue +1400
- Arizona +1400
- Kentucky +1600
- Kansas +1600
- West Virginia +2000
The Favorite Pick To Win The 2018 NCAA Basketball Title: Duke +500, Villanova +500
When the young Duke Blue Devils play together, they’re a tough team to beat. Unfortunately, Duke’s got the same issues this season as they’ve had the past 3 seasons. First, they’re not a deep squad. Duke must rely on no player getting hurt. Second, they’re not an experienced squad. Coach K has decided to rely on freshmen…again. Finally, they don’t play team defense nearly well enough to win the NCAA Tournament.
On the surface, Villanova looks like a much better choice than the Duke Blue Devils. Coach Jay Wright preaches defense. The Wildcats have responded. They allow less than 70 points per game. But, Villanova suffered a serious injury on Jan. 24. Phil Booth is out indefinitely due to a broken hand. Booth injured his shooting hand.
Without a timetable on Booth’s return, Nova could be in some trouble. Booth averaged 11.6 points, 3.2 assists, and 3.3 boards per. Those aren’t stunning numbers. He was an integral part of Wright’s rotation, though.
The Expert Pick To Win The 2018 NCAA Basketball Title: Virginia +1400
Is Virginia’s the team to beat? The odds are ridiculously high for the best defensive team in college basketball. Virginia ranks first in points allowed per game. They rank in the Top 7 in three-point percentage allowed. They rank in the Top 4 in field goal percentage allowed.
Don’t sleep on the Cavaliers’ defensive rankings. Virginia plays in the deep ACC where North Carolina, Duke, Louisville, Syracuse, and Notre Dame all play. Virginia forces you to play slow. That allows the Cavaliers to take advantage of younger, inexperienced teams that like to push the pace.
If you take bad shots, the Cavaliers make you pay.
The Longshot Pick To Win The 2018 NCAA Basketball Title: West Virginia +2000
The Big 12 is deep. That’s one of the reasons I like West Virginia at 20 to 1. The Mountaineers will have gone through a tough conference schedule before entering the NCAA Tournament in March. If their best player, Jevon Carter, remains healthy, Bob Huggins’ squad will have a shot to win it all.
Carter averages close to 17 points, around 5 boards, and 6 to 7 assists per game. That 6’ 2” guard has a legit big in Sagaba Konate to dish the rock too. Konate averages close to 10 points and around 8 boards per game. The odds are more than fair on the Mountaineers to win the NCAA Championship.