Five Expert Bold Predictions for 2018 March Madness

Five Expert Bold Predictions for 2018 March Madness

Written by on March 2, 2018

If you’re excited about the quickly approaching 2018 March Madness and you’re looking for some expert NCAAB Betting analysis that could help you cash in early and often over the course of this year’s championship tournament, then consider your ticket punched! Thanks to the five bold predictions for the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament that I’m about to drop, you’re going to be well-armed with expert betting information that will undoubtedly help you increase your chances of striking pay dirt over the course of this year’s March Madness tournament. Okay, with all of that said, let’s get started.

Five Expert Bold Predictions for 2018 March Madness

Arizona Gets Bounced in the First Round

Arizona (23-7) is ranked first in the Pac-12 and they’ve got a pair of future NBA performers on their roster in big man DeAndre Ayton (19.7 ppg) and small forward Allonzo Trier (19.5 ppg). However, the Wildcats have also been wildly inconsistent since the start of the season and they’ve got a ton of drama surrounding head coach Sean Miller and the alleged improprieties that have taken place inside his hoops program, apparently for a few years now. Right about now, I don’t think it matters who Arizona faces in their tourney opener. Arizona is elite offensively (81.6 ppg), but not very good defensively (72.4 ppg). Simply put, I can see the Wildcats getting bounced out in the first round against some unsuspecting – and overachieving – smaller school with big-time March madness dreams. Just remember, you heard it here first!

Duke Fails to Reach Final Four

Duke (24-6) has a trio of first-round NBA draft picks on their roster in potential No. 1 overall pick Marvin Bagley III (20.7 ppg, 11.1 rpg), electrifying point guard Trevon Duval (10.5 ppg) and small forward Wendell Carter Jr. (14.3 ppg), but the trio of all young, first-year players and the Duke often doesn’t look very cohesive because of it. Duke also has an idiot team leader in Grayson Allen (15.5 ppg) that is still, pretty much a whining scum-bag that would get punched in the face if he was playing on the playground of the Philadelphia basketball courts I grew up on – or maybe you didn’t see his latest, kicking, arm-grabbing act against Virginia Tech? I’m sorry, but no, the Blue Devils will not make the Final Four. Oh, hell no!

Kansas Fails to Reach Final Four

Seriously? I could just slip in everything I wrote about Duke and out in here for the Jayhawks (24-6) with a few minor changes. Kansas has some big-time talent on their roster starting with sophomore point guard Devonte’ Graham (17.7 ppg, 7.2 apg) and super athletic 7’0” sophomore center Udoka Azubuike (13.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg). However, Kansas has also been inconsistent at best for the vast majority of the season and they just look like a team that will be beaten when they come up with one of those inconsistent performances. Case in point…Kansas’ 80-64 road loss to Baylor on Feb. 10 and their 84-79 home loss against Oklahoma State a week earlier. Make no mistake about it, Kansas will not be in this year’s Final Four people!

Purdue to the Final Four

Michigan State this and Michigan State that. Hurray for Michigan State. However, for me, I’m completely stunned that everyone has forgotten about a Purdue (26-5) team that led the Big Ten for a major stretch of the season and one that is elite at both ends of the floor in ranking 36th in scoring (18.7 ppg) and an even more impressive 22nd in points allowed (64.9 ppg). Purdue is going to be one of the betting favorites to reach the 2018 March Madness Final Four. The Boilermakers have a star in scoring leader Carsen Edwards (18.2 ppg) and three other players that average double figures in scoring and a nice bench that includes four other competent contributors. I like Purdue to reach the Final Four and you should too!

Wichita State to The Final Four

Last but not least, I’m predicting that Wichita State (24-5) will reach the Final Four this year after flying under the radar for the vast majority of the regular season. The Shockers have an excellent offense that puts up a fantastic 83.9 points per game (18t) and a solid defense that limits the opposition to 71.1 points per contest (147t). More importantly, they’re a team that is well-coached under, now elite and widely respected head coach Greg Marshall and super cohesive under, seeing as how their players have mostly played together for a few seasons now. Wichita State can get it done from the perimeter with point guard Landry Shamet (14.5 ppg) or down low with center Shaquille Morris (14.2 ppg). The Shockers are deep with a whopping nine players that average at least 5.0 points per game and they’re smart. Oh yeah, I smell a Final Four appearance!

Last 20 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
  • 2007: Florida Gators
  • 2006: Florida
  • 2005: North Carolina
  • 2004: Connecticut
  • 2003: Syracuse
  • 2002: Maryland
  • 2001: Duke
  • 2000: Michigan State
  • 1999: Connecticut
  • 1998: Kentucky