Updated 2017 March Madness Odds And Predictions (Jan. 20th)

Posted by Eric Williams on Monday,March 20, 2017 1:43, EDT in

With 16 teams remaining in the chase for the 2017 NCAA March Madness national championship, college basketball betting enthusiasts need to know just which teams stand the best chance of bagging this season’s national championship. If you’re looking for value when it comes to cashing in on the NCAA championship futures odds, let’s find out which teams are offering the best value on the board.

Analyzing The Updated 2017 March Madness Odds And Predictions (Jan. 20th)

 

 

The Favorite To Win The NCAA Championship:

Kansas +600

Analysis: Kansas Jayhawks (30-4 SU, 13-18 ATS) may be in a three-way tie with Arizona and Gonzaga as -600 favorites, but I don’t see the nation’s top-ranked team winning – or reaching this year’s national championship matchup because of their lack of depth and quality scorers outside of their top three players. Hell, forget the national championship, right now, I’m thinking the Jayhawks may not even reach the Elite Eight as they face a dangerous Purdue squad in the Sweet 16.

The Smart Pick To Win The NCAA Championship:

Gonzaga +600

Analysis: For me, Gonzaga (34-1 SU, 22-9 ATS) is undoubtedly the ‘smart’ pick to win the 2017 national championship because of their ‘smart’ style of play and excellence at both ends of the floor, not to mention their pair of likely NBA performers and a head coach that is as good as any in the country. If the Zags do have a weakness, I believe it’s their lack of matchups this season against elite – and superior athletically ballclubs – like the West Virginia team they’ll face in the Sweet 16.

The Value Pick To Win The NCAA Championship:

West Virginia +2000

Analysis: Speaking of the Mountaineers (28-8 SU, 14-16 ATS), I’m thinking Bob Huggins’ press-first and pres at all costs style of play could carry West Virginia much further than anyone expected coming into the tournament. The Mountaineers force turnovers like they’re going out of style and have a sure-fire NBA performer in guard Daxter Miles Jr.

The Longshot To Win The NCAA Championship:

Michigan +3000

Analysis: Michigan (26-11 SU, 17-17 ATS) didn’t reach the top 25 national rankings all season, but if you want me to be honest, the Wolverines have played like the best team in the country for the better part of the last four weeks and definitely since the NCAA Tournament started.

Michigan has won seven straight and nine of 10 and got past a Louisville squad that was ranked in the top 10 virtually all season long. The Wolverines can shoot the ball as well as any team in the country and just look like they have a date with destiny at this point.