The 2017-18 college basketball season may still be in its infancy stages, but college hoops fans and betting enthusiasts are starting to get a clearer picture of just which teams are going to likely be legitimate national championship title contenders and which ones may not as we move into the start of Week 4. Based on the latest NCAAB Championship odds, we’re going to take look at the favorite, ‘smart’ pick and top longshot selection to win it all, to both inform and entertain you!
Updated NCAAB Championship Odds – November 27th Edition
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- Team: Duke
- NCAAB Championship Odds: +400
- Current Record: Wins 8 / Losses 0
Sure, the Blue Devils (8-0 SU, 5-1 ATS) have had a couple of close calls to date, but the top-ranked team in all the land has still managed to win all eight of their games heading into Week 4. More importantly, the Blue Devils have a flat-out superstar in freshman big man Marvin Bagley III (22.5 ppg, 11.2 rpg) and some really good ‘role’ player that will be playing at the next level in shooting guard Grayson Allen and point guard Trevon Duval.
Duke is averaging a whopping 90.6 points per game (19th) while limiting the opposition to just 73.1 points per contest defensively (194th) and limiting the opposition to just 40.4 percent shooting from the field (87th). Right now the mostly young Blue Devils are figuring out how to win close games – and that clearly doesn’t bode well for any of their opponents once conference play and the ensuing NCAA tournament roll around.
The Smart Pick
- Team: North Carolina
- NCAAB Championship Odds: +1200
- Current Record: Wins 5 /Losses 1
I’ve been watching the Tar Heels (5-0 SU, 3-2 ATS) early on this season and I’m starting to think they’re going to be one of the best teams in the nation come tourney time – if not all season long. North Carolina has one of the smartest players in all college basketball in senior point guard Joel Berry II and his heady play just looks ‘infectious’ to me.
Forward Luke Maye (19.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg) is clearly the ‘real deal’ after becoming a breakout star in last year’s NCAA Tournament and Theo Pinson will be taking his high-flying athletic skill set to the NBA at some point in the very near future.
Not only does Carolina average a solid 84.8 points per game (45th) but they’re also playing some absolutely outstanding team defense from what I’ve seen so far and give up just 71.8 points per game (176th) on 41.2 percent shooting from the field (111th). Right now, the Tar Heels look like they could be way better than anyone expected!
- Team: Villanova
- NCAAB Championship Odds: +1800
- Current Record: Wins 6 / Losses 0
Not only did head coach Jay Wright lead his school to the national championship two years ago, but he’s built his program into a legitimate perennial powerhouse! Right now, the Wildcats (6-0 SU, 4-2 ATS) have the look of a team that is going to be very difficult to beat – no matter what time of year this season. The Cats have a bunch of elite talent in point guard Jalen Brunson (18.7 ppg), and forwards Omari Spellman now, sure-fire NBA draft pick Mikal Bridges.
As usual, Villanova is making a habit out of making it very difficult for their opponents to score the ball. The Wildcats are ranked a stellar 43rd nationally in points allowed (63.0 ppg) while also ranking a healthy 52nd in scoring (84.5 ppg). I know it’s early on, but r9ight now, I’m thinking this team has every chance to be as good as their title-winning squad from two seasons ago!