With NCAA Basketball Championship week coming up in a mere matter of days, NCAAB Betting enthusiasts everywhere need to know who the most likely winners are of this year’s conference championships. Thanks to my expert college hoops analysis on seven of this postseason’s conference championship tournaments, you’re going to have a great idea of where to place your betting bucks. Now, let’s get down to business.
Predicting the NCAA Basketball 2018 Conference Winners
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AACCincinnati is the favorite at +160 and the Bearcats are very, very good this season as they rank second in points allowed nationally. Unfortunately, Cincy is going down and going down hard against a Wichita State team (+200) that I have pegged to reach the Final Four.
ACCAt +200 Duke is the favorite and North Carolina is a +500 pick, but I’m completely stunned that the top team in the nation, No. 1 Virginia at +320 isn’t the favorite, seeing as how they’ve got the nation’s best defense and have beaten both, Duke and Carolina already this season while holding the Tar Heels to a mind-boggling 49 points in the process.
Big 12Kansas is the clear-cut favorite at +180, but I really like West Virginia at +350 to pull off the conference championship upset seeing as how the Mountaineers want some serious revenge for getting ‘cheated’ out of a win against the Jayhawks with some seriously shoddy officiating when they met just a few weeks ago.
Big EastVillanova is the favorite at +250 and they’ll definitely beat out No. 2 favorite Xavier at +300, if they reach the conference championship, seeing as how they completely own the Musketeers and have beaten them twice this season. The Big longshot here for me is St, John’s at +900 or maybe Seton hall at +600. I’m going with Nova for the win and St. John’s as my second pick people!
Big TenMichigan State is the +150 favorite and they’ll win the Big ten – if Purdue, at +175 doesn’t upset them, which I can see happening. I’m also going to say that it’s not out of the question that Michigan, at +550, upsets both legitimate national championship favorites. In the end, though, I’m going Michigan State.
Pac-12Despite the fact that I’ve already gone on record to predict that Arizona could get bounced out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round, I think the Wildcats are the undeniable pick to win the Pac-12 over all of their conference challengers like USC and UCLA in what is clearly a mediocre down Pac-12 this season.The Wildcats have a pair of sure-fire NBA performers in DeAndre Ayton and Allonzo Trier and that alone will be enough to carry them to the conference title this year.
SECThe favored Kentucky Wildcats (+600) are playing their best basketball of the season at just the right time. Having said that, I like Joh Calipari’s star-studded squad of high school All American to win the SEC crown this year to give themselves some serious momentum heading into March madness where I suspect, they’ll be a very tough out once again this postseason, much like they were a year ago!
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
- 2006: Florida
- 2005: North Carolina
- 2004: Connecticut
- 2003: Syracuse
- 2002: Maryland
- 2001: Duke
- 2000: Michigan State
- 1999: Connecticut
- 1998: Kentucky