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