Looking Ahead to 2018’s March Madness Betting Favorites
Posted by: Sebastian Morera
Today marks the official start, or countdown, to this year’s March Madness betting action. In short, the NCAA committee will meet today to decide this year’s bracket. It’s an important date but even more important is for NCAA betting players to use this time to size up this year’s field. Moreover, figuring out this year’s March Madness betting favorites is paramount. Let’s take a look at the contenders most likely to be pegged as a 2 team teaser favorites this time around.
Possible March Madness Betting Favorites
One could argue that the Blue Devils have more NBA-talent than any other contender on this list. Led by Marvin Bagley II and Wendell Carter Jr., Duke is one team no one wants to face in the tournament. Bagley is throwing down 20.7 points and 11.2 rebounds per matchup while Carter is close to averaging a double-double as well. Ultimately, the Blue Devils were able to manhandle a tough ACC schedule to finish 2nd in the conference. As usual, they’ll be one of this year’s March Madness betting favorites.
Nova’s diverse scoring options make them a threat to any team they encounter in the tournament. The only question is whether or not this threat is serious enough to garner favoritism from top sportsbook players. Well, considering that 6 players are breaking double digits each game; it might just be. Leading the charge is junior guard Jalen Brunson, who is draining 19 per outing. The biggest criticism of Villanova is of how they finished the regular season. Specifically, seeing the Wildcats get upset by Creighton left some bettors disconcerted. All in all, there might be some better options for NCAA bettors to take advantage of.
Although Michigan State just suffered a disappointing loss to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament, they should still be one of this year’s March Madness betting favorites. The Spartans finished the year with a 29-4 record. Those 4 losses came at the hands of Michigan twice and one each to Ohio State and Duke – all of which are dominant programs. Miles Bridges leads Michigan State in this year’s tourney. With 16.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, Bridges is a great option to herald a team. The strongest facet of this team is their offensive versatility, with 5 players putting up 11 or more.
There’s no beating around the bush; the Cavaliers will likely be the No. 1 seed. In addition, Virginia is likely to open as this year’s biggest March Madness betting favorite. Without a doubt, the Cavs’ 28-2 overall record and 17-1 tally in conference play makes their prowess evident. The two losses on the season, versus West Virginia and Virginia Tech, don’t reflect all that negatively on this season’s body of work. With one of the best defenses in the nation, every NCAA betting player knows they have what it takes to get it done. Offensively they’re not to be trifled with either as they wield a dominant three-point shooting percentage. If you’re looking to back the clear-cut favorite in this year’s NCAA Tournament, then you’ll be picking Virginia to win it all. If however, you’re looking for a sleeper to back, you’ll probably shy away from the Cavaliers.