1st round Upsets that May Change your 2018 March Madness Betting Plan

1st Round Upsets that May Change Your 2018 March Madness Plan

Written by on March 13, 2018

Selection Sunday is in the books and the official March Madness bracket has now been released. The action begins on Tuesday and Wednesday with the First Four play-in games, after which the true madness begins with the first round on Thursday. We already know what most of the match-ups will be, and we already know that all the #1 seeds will be moving on, as a #16 has never yet beaten a top seed. If it’s March Madness upset picks you are looking for, you need to probably look a little deeper in the bracket. We have picked a few games that may deliver an upset and give your bankroll a boost, no matter what the March Madness betting lines might say.

1st round Upsets that May Change your 2018 March Madness Betting Plan

  • Season: 2017–18
  • Begins: March 13th
  • Ends: April 2nd
  • Teams: 68
  • TV: CBS, TBS, TNT
  • Live Streaming: MM Live

Top NCAAB Betting Predictions for 2018 March Madness First Round

#10 Oklahoma Sooners over #7 Rhode Island Rams

It’s easy to forget that the Sooners were ranked #4 in the country at one point, perhaps because they went out and lost 11 of their last 15 regular season games. Some have argued that there are teams more deserving of a tournament spot than Oklahoma, going as far as suggesting that they are only in because Trae Young is such a standout player. Deserving or not, it is that young man who could very well propel Oklahoma to a 1st Round win, and perhaps even more, when March Madness begins on Thursday.

Latest March Madness Betting Trends

  • Rhode Island is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Rhode Island is 20-3 SU in its last 23 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rhode Island’s last 5 games
  • Oklahoma is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Oklahoma is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games

#12 New Mexico State Aggies over #5 Clemson Tigers

If you are going to have any sort of success in the college basketball playoffs, you need to be solid on the defensive side of the court. The New Mexico State Aggies certainly bring that to the table, as they come into the tournament with the 19th best defense in the nation. They limit shots from the outside and force teams to beat them in the paint, a battle they seldom lose. The Aggies are going to need to take a good number of the 3-point opportunities presented to them to really put the pressure on them, and if they can do that, the upset alert may be on.

Latest March Madness Betting Trends

  • Clemson is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Clemson is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Clemson’s last 6 games
  • New Mexico State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

#10 Butler Bulldogs over #7 Arkansas Razorbacks

Butler, who recorded 20 wins this season, have already proven themselves to be a bit of a giant killer, posting wins over Villanova and Ohio State during the course of the regular season. Not only can the Bulldogs shoot the lights out when needed, they are also great on the offensive rebounds, which means that they get more than their fair share of second chances even when they are not shooting as efficiently as we know they can. Butler should be on your 2018 March Madness Betting plan Of the upset picks that we are sharing with you here today, this feels like the one that is most likely to hit. I will definitely be adding this to my betting slip and my bracket.

Latest March Madness Betting Trends

  • Butler is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 16 of Butler’s last 24 games
  • Arkansas is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Arkansas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

#11 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers over Miami Hurricanes

The Ramblers have a couple of things going for them that make them a legitimate 1st Round upset pick. The first is that they have a spectacular defense, with that unit showing what it is made of when holding the Florida Gators to just 59 points in a game played during the regular season. The other thing that you need to like is their ability to shoot from beyond the 3-point line, which is where they are going to need to be efficient to get past a big Miami Hurricanes defensive unit.

Latest March Madness Betting Trends

  • Miami is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Miami is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 11 of Miami’s last 16 games
  • Loyola-Chicago is 13-4 ATS in its last 17 games
  • Loyola-Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Loyola-Chicago’s last 5 games