Updated 2019 College Basketball Championship Odds - March 19th

Updated 2019 College Basketball Championship Odds – March 19th

Whether you like one of the top favorites, a middle-of-the-pack contender or a straight-up longshot, to win the 2019 March Madness national championship tournament, the expert college hoops insight that you’re about to get on the most recent College Basketball Championship futures odds to win it all this season is going to both, inform and entertain.

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Now, with the start of the 2019 national championship tournament set to get underway in just over 48 hours, let’s get down to business.

Updated 2019 College Basketball Championship Odds – March 19th

Odds to Win 2019 College Basketball Championship

The Favorites

  • Duke 11/5
  • Gonzaga 5/1
  • North Carolina 6/1
  • Virginia 8/1
  • Kentucky 12/1
  • Michigan State 15/1
  • Tennessee 16/1
  • Michigan 18/1
  • Texas Tech 20/1

Analysis: Duke Blue Devils (29-5) is looking solid again as prohibitive favorites after winning three straight and five of their last games overall. The Blue Devils beat North Carolina 74-73 in the ACC semifinals to record their first win over the Tar Heels after suffering a pair of regular season losses. With a trio of sure-fire first round NBA picks on their roster, I’m thinking the only thing that could derail Duke’s title hopes is a lack of quality bench performers – and an experienced team that plays defense and shares the ball.

Despite their stunning West Coast Conference loss to St. Mary’s where they were held to a pitiful 47 points, I’m thinking Gonzaga (30-3) remains a serious threat to Duke – and everyone else – as far as being a legitimate championship favorite is concerned. The Bulldogs still lead the nation in scoring while allowing just 65.1 points per game defensively.

While North Carolina (27-6) fell to Duke in the ACC conference championship tournament this past weekend, the Tar Heels are looking quite dangerous from where I’m sitting, seeing as how they’ve beaten Duke twice this season while recording a bunch of other quality wins over top title contenders like Gonzaga, NC State (twice), Louisville (twice) and a handful of other title hopefuls. The Heels lead the nation in rebound and that will be crucial come tourney time, when extra possessions means extra chances at scoring opportunities and fewer for their opponents.

In the case of Virginia (29-3), while I don’t see the Cavaliers losing in the first round like they did a year ago to become the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed, I’ve got concerns about Virginia and you should too simply because the Cavs often struggle to score despite owning the nation’s best defense, as evidenced by their 69-59 ACC quarterfinal loss to Florida State the last time out.

Despite their SEC tournament loss to Tennessee (29-5), Kentucky (27-6) looks like a dangerous team that could make a deep tourney run. While I’m expecting the Wildcats’ lack of experience to do them in at some point, again, this team is dangerous simply because of the elite caliber of players that John Callipari gets every year.

Oh, and speaking of Tennessee, the Vols just don’t look or feel quite as dangerous as they once did after watching them struggle through their embarrassing 20-point SEC tourney loss to Auburn in the championship game.

Middle of The Pack Contenders

Analysis: Despite suffering a humbling 69-57 loss to Cincinnati in the AAC championship tournament, I like third-seeded Houston (31-3) a lot in the bottom of the Midwest bracket. Right now, I believe the Cougars could very well upset No. 2 Kentucky if they meet in the third round. Houston ranks eighth nationally in points allowed (61.2 ppg) and that kind of defense will give the Cougars a shot to beat anyone.

Longshots

Analysis: While I’ve got No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 7 Nevada as my top two picks to win the West region, I’m going to say that No. 6 Buffalo (31-3) is as good of a long shot title hopefuls as anyone. The Bulls are one of the hottest teams in the nation right now, having won 12 straight games and 14 of their last 15 games overall. Not only that, but Buffalo also averages a stunning 84.9 points per game to rank a stupendous fifth nationally in scoring.


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