With the start of the 2018 NCAA Tournament just over 24 hours away, what could be better than some expert March Madness betting tips from the pros? Here are some expert picks, along with some College Basketball betting trend tips I searched far and wide for and that I think you’ll enjoy.
2018 March Madness Betting Tips from the Pros
12-seed in the Sweet 16?@CaseyStern reveals his bracket.Be sure to play along with your own!👉 https://t.co/uJRP5hzqb3 pic.twitter.com/pFwxlAQ6g9— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) 14 de marzo de 2018
- Season: 2017–18
- Begins: March 13th
- Ends: April 2nd
- Teams: 68
- TV: CBS, TBS, TNT
- Live Streaming: MM Live
- Finals Venue: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Gary Parrish, College Basketball InsiderDuke was my preseason No. 1 because the Blue Devils have the nation’s most talented roster and the GOAT of college basketball coaching on the sideline. None of that has changed. And though the Blue Devils certainly had their questionable moments this season, the truth is that they’re now third in offensive efficiency, seventh in defensive efficiency and very much capable of winning six games in this NCAA Tournament.
Matt Norlander, Senior College Basketball WriterThe NCAA Tournament is a fickle, fun, unforgiving beast. Its best feature and most intimidating one is a do-or-die element. Because of this, I don’t always pick the team I think is best to win the national title. But I am going to Virginia. I think Virginia is the best team in college basketball. It has size, strength, length, discipline and is the toughest team to score on. Tony Bennett is about to have a career-changing next three weeks.
Reid Forgrave, Senior Basketball WriterThe Wildcats were my March Madness betting pick in the preseason. They’re still my title pick. This feels like the perfect Jay Wright roster, with a point guard in Jalen Brunson who has a mind-meld with his coach and a wing in Mikal Bridges who is the closest thing college basketball has to Paul George. The team fits together perfectly and can really shoot the 3.
Alex Kirshner / SB NationNumber 12 Davidson over Kentucky, No. 12 New Mexico State over Clemson, No. 12 Murray State over West Virginia and No. 11 San Diego State over Houston.
Sports IllustratedMichael Beller: Final Four – Virginia, Michigan, Villanova, AuburnDan Greene: Final Four – Virginia, Gonzaga, Villanova, DukeJeremy Woo: Final Four – Arizona, UNC, Villanova, Michigan State
ESPNJay Bilas: NCAA Champion – Michigan State
Best coaches ATS in the tournament1. Chris Mack, Xavier (12-4)2. John Beilein, Michigan (15-7)3. Sean Miller, Arizona (18-10)4. Gregg Marshall, Wichita State (12-7)5. Matt Painter, Purdue (12-7)
Best against the spread teams in 20181. Michigan (22-11-1)2. Villanova (22-12)3. Virginia (21-8-1)4. Xavier (21-12)5. USC (21-13)
Best over teams1. Villanova (23-11)2. TCU (21-10)3. Wichita State (20-10)4. Montana (19-12)5. Seton Hall (19-12)
Best under teams1. Saint Marys (21-7-1)2. CS Fullerton (19-8)3. Ohio State (21-9)4. Virginia (20-10)5. OK State (19-10-1)Okay, here are some final March Madness Trends I’ve found just for you MYBookie college basketball betting faithful!
8-9 Underdogs Own the First RoundYou may not have known it before, but you do now! The underdog in the Round of 64 matchups between No. 8 and 9 seeds has gone 22-10-3 ATS in the first round since 2009.
Not the Fantastic Four?The last time all four No. 1 seeds reached the Elite Eight was 2016. Before then, it was almost a decade ago, back in 2009.
Boo-Hoo No. 2!In the last 21 NCAA Tournaments, just once, have all four No. 2 seeds reached the Sweet 16!
Last 10 Teams to Win the NCAA Championship
- 2017: North Carolina
- 2016: Villanova
- 2015: Duke
- 2014: Connecticut
- 2013: Louisville
- 2012: Kentucky
- 2011: Connecticut
- 2010: Duke
- 2009: North Carolina
- 2008: Kansas