2018 March Madness Betting Predictions: Final Four, Elite 8 & Upsets

2018 March Madness Betting Predictions: Final Four, Elite 8 & Upsets

Written by on February 23, 2018

If you’re a March Madness betting buff that is making preparations for the quickly approaching 2018 edition, then you’ve come to the right place. If you’re looking for some helpful collegiate hoops insight that will help you in your efforts to cash in early and often come tourney time, then consider your ticket punched! Thanks to the handful of first-round upset predictions, Elite 8 picks and a brief look at my NCAAB Betting favorites for the Final Four, you’ll be well-armed with expert information that could help you strike pay dirt from beginning to end this March Madness.

2018 March Madness Betting Predictions: Final Four, Elite 8 & Upsets

First Round Upsets

Florida Gulf Coast (21-10) over Xavier (25-4)

If the name of Florida Gulf Coast sounds familiar, it should, seeing as how the Atlantic Sun-based Eagles already made one Cinderella run back in 2013 as a No. 15 seed. This season, Florida Gulf Coast could very well take down an Xavier team that may have reached No. 4 in the nation, but one that is super dependent upon star guard Trevon Bluiett has a great game. The Eagles can score the ball with the best teams in the nation (80.3 ppg, 45th) and they have a big-time leader in senior point guard Brandon Goodwin (17.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.8 apg). It could happen!

Kansas State (20-8) Over Kentucky (19-9)

I don’t know why I even have this matchup as a possible upset, seeing as how K-State has a better record than Kentucky, but it would go down as just that! K-State is very good and well-rounded with four double-digit scorers while Kentucky has a bunch of high school All-Americans that still haven’t figured out how to either play together or sacrifice.

Western Kentucky (21-7) over TCU (19-9)

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers beat previously No. 3 Purdue 77-73 and almost beat previous, No. 1 Villanova before falling 66-58 and that alone should tell you they can beat any team in the nation! Western Kentucky has a nice mix of youth and veteran leadership – and is extremely well-balanced with five players that average double figures in scoring. TCU can score the ball like crazy as they rank 12th nationally (84.6 ppg) but they also leave a lot to be desired defensively as they give up 76.9 points per game defensively. At the time of this writing, the Horned Frogs had lost five of 10 so I could see an upset happening!

Elite 8

Virginia (25-2) vs. Cincinnati (24-4)

Cincinnati’s got defense, but they’re a little inconsistent offensively and they’ll find scoring really tough against Virginia, which is why they’ll go no further than the Elite Eight if that!

Villanova (25-3) vs. Duke (23-5)

This should be the best Elite 8 game on the board as the nation’s top two offenses go at it. In the end, the more mature – and much deeper – Villanova Wildcats should advance! Villanova is one of the 2018 March Madness Betting favorites.

Michigan State (27-3) vs. Kansas (22-6)

This matchup should be a thriller, but Michigan State’s focus and almost unrivaled athleticism should get them by!

Purdue (25-5) vs. Wichita State (22-5)

No one is paying attention to Wichita State, but everyone should be. The Shockers will reach the Elite Eight, before Purdue’s superior athleticism brings an end to their postseason party!

Final Four

I’m going with a Final Four featuring Virginia, Villanova, Michigan State and Purdue. In the case of the currently, top-ranked Cavaliers, they play some defense and hold opponents to numbers that no one’s seen since before the advent of the shot clock! No. 2 Michigan State just has a boatload of tall athletic players that make life tough on their opponents and three guys that have sure-fire NBA performer written all over them. In the case of currently, third-ranked Villanova, the Wildcats are mature and super versatile with a whopping six players that all average double digits in scoring for the nation’s best offense. Last but not least, I like Purdue to round out my Final Four. They’re athletic, can score the ball (81.2 ppg) and play defense kinda’ like Virginia (64.3 ppg).