The 2018 March Madness College Hoops Tournament is here. And it is my job to cram as many betting stats and trends into your head before you make your picks and bets.
2018 March Madness Betting Stats & Trends
- Highest-scoring team: Villanova (87.2 points per game).
- Best rebounding team: North Carolina (42.7 rebounds per game)
- Best field goal shooting team: St. Mary’s (51.4%)
- Best free-throw shooting team: William & Mary (81.0 percent).
- Best 3-point shooting team: William & Mary (43.4%).
- Best passing team: Michigan State: (19.3 assists per game)
- Most Steals per game: Stephen F. Austin: (10.4 steals per game)
- Most Blocks per game: Michigan State: (7.3 blocks per game)
- Best scorer: Trae Young: Oklahoma (27.5 ppg)
- Best FG% Shooter: Udoka Azubuike: Kansas (77.4%)
- Best Passer: Trae Young: Oklahoma (8.9 apg)
- Best rebounder: Devontae Cacok: UNC Wilmington (13.5 rpg)
- Best Shot Blocker: Ajdin Penava: Marshall (4.3 bpg)
- Best Theft Artist: Joseph Chartouny: Fordham (3.3 spg)
Top March Madness Betting Trends To Know
- We’re Not No. 1
Only three times has the No. 1 overall seed won the NCAA Tournament since the selection committee began ranking the No. 1s in 2004.
Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators got it done in 2007, John Calipari’s Kentucky squad duplicated the feat in 2012 and now disgraced former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino led the Cardinals to the national championship as the overall No. 1 back in 2013.
- Bet Blue Chip Programs
Tom Izzo, Mike Krzyzewski, Dean Smith and Lute Olson are the only coaches to make 20 straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
No. 1 seeds have an average margin of victory of 24.7 points over their No. 16 tournament opening opponents so if the spread is lower than that, apparently, you should go for it!
- 2016 Was a Good Year For No. 1’s
The last time all four No. 1 seeds reached the Elite Eight was 2016. Before that, it was 2009.
- 2008 Was Even Better
The only time all four No. 1s reach the Final Four was 2008. Since 2010, only eight of the 28 Final Four appearances have come from No. 1 seeds, so make sure you’re looking for value with teams seeded lower than No. 1.
- Bet The Second Seed?
Did you know that only once in the last 21 NCAA Tournaments have all four No. 2 seeds reached the Sweet 16? This means you need to identify at least one No. 2 seed and bet against them in either the first or second round!
- Fab Five History
The last time a No. 6 seed made the Final Four was 25 years ago when Chris Webber, Jalen Rose and the rest of Michigan’s now famous Fab Five did it.
- What The…
National No. 3 Xavier has the most NCAA Tournament appearances (28) of anyone in the field to not make a Final Four.