Expert NCAA Basketball Betting Upset Picks for 2018 March Madness

Expert NCAA Basketball Betting Upset Picks for 2018 March Madness

Written by on February 19, 2018

If you’re getting fired up for the 2018 March Madness national championship tournament and you’re looking for some NCAA Basketball betting upset picks, then have no fear, I’ve got you covered. Here’s an expert look at a half-dozen teams that are all flying under the radar on the national map, yet are all offering their own kind of upset value according to the latest NCAAB odds.

Expert NCAA Basketball Betting Upset Picks for 2018 March Madness

  • 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

Houston (20-5)

I love the upset value that a clearly under-appreciated Houston team is offering before March Madness. The Cougars just smacked around No. 5 Cincinnati to snap the nation’s longest winning streak at 16 games and they also pounded an excellent Wichita State team into submission 73-59 on Jan. 20. Houston ranks a fantastic 21st in points allowed (64.8 ppg) and they have the look of a squad that could pull off more than one upset come tourney time!

Complete Team Statistics

  • Average Score For: 76.73
  • Offensive rebounds: 12.12
  • Offensive Field Goal Percentage: 46.15
  • Average Score Against: 64.62
  • Defensive rebounds: 27.50
  • Defensive Field Goal Percentage: 38.98

Rhode Island (21-3)

The Rams aren’t getting a whole lot of love because they play in the understated A-10, but I don’t think anyone should be sleeping on Rhode Island right about now, particularly seeing as how they’ve got just three losses this season. The Rams limited the opposition to just 66.4 points per game (41st) while simultaneously putting up 77.3 points per game (85th). What I like most about the Rams is that they have eight guys that can put the ball in the bucket!

Complete Team Statistics

  • Average Score For: 77.20
  • Offensive rebounds: 11.08
  • Offensive Field Goal Percentage: 46.93
  • Average Score Against: 66.84
  • Defensive rebounds: 22.76
  • Defensive Field Goal Percentage: 45.07

Murray State (21-5)

So what, Murray State plays in the mid-major Ohio Valley Conference! The Racers have got some game at both ends of the floor as they average 80.2 points per game (47th) and limit their opponents to just 66.3 points per game defensively (39th). Jonathan Stark (21.3 ppg) and Terrell Miller (51.4 %FG) have got a major game if you haven’t seen either player this season! So what you don’t know much about the Southern Conference! The East Tennessee State Buccaneers could change that in a hurry come March Madness! East Tennessee State doesn’t have a prolific offense as they average a modest 76.6 points per game (104th), but they get it done at the other end of the floor in a big way by holding their opponents to just 65.5 points per game to rank 27th nationally. By the way, the Bucs have held three of their last 10 opponents to 56 points or less, so there’s that!

Complete Team Statistics

  • Average Score For: 80.00
  • Offensive rebounds: 10.70
  • Offensive Field Goal Percentage: 48.96
  • Average Score Against: 66.22
  • Defensive rebounds: 26.19
  • Defensive Field Goal Percentage: 41.15

University of Louisiana at Lafayette (22-4)

The Ragin’ Cajuns might be known more for their football program, but this year, UL Lafayette has got some serious game in roundball as well. The Sun Belt Conference leaders are rock-solid defensively in limiting the opposition to 70.3 points per game (127th), but it’s at the other end of the floor where the Ragin’ Cajuns are downright scary! UL Lafayette averages a stellar 84.2 points per game to rank 17th nationally and they’ve got four double-digit scorers that can all ‘go off’ whenever they need them to, not to mention four other players that can put the ball in the hole pretty consistently! Three starters shoot a blistering 54.1 percent from the field or better, so there’s that as well college basketball bettors!

Complete Team Statistics

  • Average Score For: 84.81
  • Offensive rebounds: 12.70
  • Offensive Field Goal Percentage: 47.43
  • Average Score Against: 70.59
  • Defensive rebounds: 26.59
  • Defensive Field Goal Percentage: 42.91

New Mexico State (22-4)

Sure, the Aggies aren’t getting a whole lot of love because they play in the WAC, but you should know that New Mexico State looks downright scary when it comes to their stingy defense. The Aggies limit the opposition to just 62.6 points per game to rank a stupendous fifth nationally in points allowed. Not only that, but New Mexico State has a couple of big-time players in shooting guard Zach Lofton 919.8 ppg) and forward Jemerrio Jones (10.5 ppg, 12.4 rpg).

Complete Team Statistics

  • Average Score For: 74.26
  • Offensive rebounds: 12.56
  • Offensive Field Goal Percentage: 45.47
  • Average Score Against: 63.04
  • Defensive rebounds: 28.07
  • Defensive Field Goal Percentage: 39.48