2018 March Madness Betting Predictions: Sweet 16.

2018 March Madness Betting Predictions: Sweet 16

Written by on March 19, 2018

After a wild opening week, we are down to the Sweet 16 in the college basketball tournament. It has been one of the more memorable affairs to date, with the top teams dropping like flies, including a #1 team, Virginia, going out in the opening round for the first time in tournament history. The upsets have busted a ton of March Madness betting brackets and made some bettors a little gun shy, but there is still money to be made over the next couple of weeks, which means it’s time to look ahead and make some NCAA Basketball betting predictions. I am going to quickly cover all 8 games in this round, going by region and making SU picks in each. We will talk about potential parlays for this round in another post.

2018 March Madness Betting Predictions: Sweet 16

  • Season: 2017–18
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South Region

We start out with a pair of Wildcats going head to head, as Kansas State and Kentucky hook up in the Sweet 16. Kansas State benefitted from Virginia going down in Round 1, and may finally have met their match here, as Kentucky came into the tournament hot and have just kept rolling. Kentucky to win. In Loyola-Chicago, we have our Cinderella team, and they have what looks to be a potentially winnable game against Nevada in this round. This is, in my opinion, going to be an incredibly close one, but I have Nevada coming out on top.

West Region

Florida State comes into the Sweet 16 on a high after taking out top-seeded Xavier in the previous round, but they cannot afford any sort of letdown against a Gonzaga team that has looked very good through the opening two rounds. I’m sticking with the Bulldogs to win this by a 7-10-point margin. The Michigan Wolverines needed a buzzer beater to get past Houston in the last round and will now go against the Texas A&M Aggies in the Sweet 16. That little scare should be enough to drive them forward to bigger and better things, including a win over the Aggies in this one.

East Region

Of the 16 teams left in the tournament, it can be argued that the Villanova Wildcats have looked the most impressive from top to bottom, winning in blowout style in the opening two rounds. They will next go head to head with the West Virginia Mountaineers who have also won big in their first two games. I think Villanova continue to roll. Villanova remains as one of the 2018 March Madness Betting favorites to win it all. Both Texas Tech and Purdue had to overcome tight battles in the last round after breezing through Round 1 and will now meet in what looks to be one of the best match-ups of this round. Since I have Purdue winning it all, I need to stick with them here.

Midwest Region

Kansas got off to a slow start in the opening round before waking up and taking down Penn State, which they then followed up with a tight win over Seton Hall. Next p will be the Clemson Tigers, who appear to be getting better as the tournament progress, destroying Auburn in the last round. Another close one here, but Kansas survives. We knew all about Duke’s offensive capabilities prior to the start of the tournament, and they have not been shy in showing that off in the opening two rounds, which is why they remain as one of the 2018 March Madness Betting favorites. They will next face Syracuse, a team that plays great D but does not score much. How are they going to stop that Duke offense? The answer is that they won’t.

Last 10 NCAA Basketball Champions

  • 2017: North Carolina
  • 2016: Villanova
  • 2015: Duke
  • 2014: Connecticut
  • 2013: Louisville
  • 2012: Kentucky
  • 2011: Connecticut
  • 2010: Duke
  • 2009: North Carolina
  • 2008: Kansas