2017 March Madness Title Picks

2017 March Madness Men's College Basketball Title Picks

2017 March Madness Title Picks

With the start of the 2017 NCAA March Madness national championship ready to tip-off, college hoops bettors everywhere need to know just which teams have the best chance of winning it all this season.

Now, let’s get started.

2017 March Madness Men’s College Basketball Title Picks

Prior to the start of the season, the top five teams in terms of odds to win the national championship according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook were Duke (7-2), Kentucky (8-1), Kansas (8-1), Villanova (10-1) and Oregon (10-1).

Five months later, the odds for all five aren’t much different. Use my March Madness Men’s College Basketball Title betting picks to win big!

The Best Bet To Win The 2017 March Madness National Championship: Kansas 8/1

At 8/1 odds, Kansas (28-4 SU, 11-18-1 ATS), may be the nation’s top-ranked team and prohibitive odds-on favorite to win the 2017 national championship, but I’ve got  few concerns about the Jayhawks that were exposed in their stunning 85-82, Big 12 tournament loss against a mediocre TCU team that lost 15 games this season. The Jayhawks are still a legitimate threat to win it all and their loss against the Horned Frogs could turn out to be a blessing in disguise as it will undoubtedly give them plenty of incentive. Kansas hits the NCAA tournament with a 4-2 ATS record over their last six games, but I’ve got concerns about their less-than-inspiring bench players and you should too.

The Smart Bet To Win The 2017 March Madness National Championship: Villanova 8/1

Maybe it’s me, but I’m still in love with defending national champion Villanova Wildcats at a value-packed 8/1 odds (31-3 SU, 18-15 ATS) and even more so after seeing them blow away the competition in the Big East Tournament en route to the conference title this past weekend. Villanova will hit the tournament red-hot, having won five straight and 12 of their last 13 games overall.

Player of the Year candidate Josh Hart (18.9 ppg), is playing excellent basketball and will kick off March Madness coming off a fantastic 29-point effort against Creighton in the Big East title game on Saturday. Villanova ranks 73rd in scoring (77.7 ppg) and a stellar 17th in points allowed (62.8 ppg) and will make their 2017 tourney debut riding a 4-1 ATS mark over their last five games and I believe they’re a legitimate threat to repeat, even of no one is really talking about them this season as possible champs.

The Value Pick To Win The 2017 March Madness National Championship: Kentucky 8/1

I love the value that Kentucky (29-5 SU, 18-2 ATS) is offering at 8/1, particularly seeing as how the Wildcats will hit the NCAA tournament riding an impressive 11-game winning streak. While Kentucky floundered with wildly inconsistent play for the first half of the season, the Wildcats have gotten their act together lately in a big way. Rick Calipari’s ballclub ranks a stellar fifth in scoring nationally (85.9 ppg) and limit the opposition to a respectable 71.6 points per game (163rd). Kentucky is brimming with elite talent, starting with leading scorer Malik Monk (20.4 ppg) and the blossoming De’Aron Fox (16.1 ppg).

The Longshot Pick To Win The 2017 March Madness National Championship: Iowa State 60/1

The Cyclones (23-10 SU, 18-12 ATS) don’t get a whole lot of press, but I like Iowa State as a 60/1 longshot selection, although I will admit it was a touch call over Notre Dame at 80/1 odds.

The Cyclones have recorded some quality wins this season over a handful of nationally-ranked rivals like West Virginia, Baylor and Kansas while suffering a heartbreaking two – point loss against previously No. 1 Gonzaga and a four-point loss against Kansas.

Iowa State also has some nice momentum going, having won three straight and nine of their last 10 games and the Cyclones have plenty of talent starting with their three-headed guard trio of Monte Morris (16.3 ppg), Nazareth Mitrou-Long (15.5 ppg) and Devonte Burton (14.8 ppg).

Here is a look at the top favorites and some longer shots to win the 2017 national championship.

2017 March Madness Title Odds

TEAM OPENING ODDS CURRENT ODDS
DUKE BLUE DEVILS 9-2 5-1
KENTUCKY WILDCATS 6-1 8-1
VILLANOVA WILDCATS 8-1 8-1
LOUISVILLE CARDINALS 10-1 12-1
KANSAS JAYHAWKS 10-1 8-1
MICHIGAN ST SPARTANS 12-1 100-1
NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS 15-1 6-1
VIRGINIA CAVALIERS 20-1 40-1
XAVIER MUSKETEERS 20-1 500-1
OREGON DUCKS 20-1 25-1
ARIZONA WILDCATS 20-1 12-1
WISCONSIN BADGERS 30-1 80-1
WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS 30-1 30-1
MARYLAND TERRAPINS 40-1 200-1
PURDUE BOILERMAKERS 40-1 30-1
IOWA ST CYCLONES 50-1 60-1
MIAMI FL HURRICANES 50-1 300-1
SETON HALL PIRATES 50-1 300-1
GONZAGA BULLDOGS 80-1 10-1
UCLA BRUINS 80-1 12-1
BAYLOR BEARS 80-1 40-1
BUTLER BULLDOGS 80-1 50-1
MICHIGAN WOLVERINES 100-1 80-1
WICHITA ST SHOCKERS 100-1 80-1
FLORIDA GATORS 100-1 30-1
SMU MUSTANGS 100-1 30-1
CINCINNATI BEARCATS 100-1 100-1
VCU RAMS 200-1 300-1
NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH 200-1 80-1
FLORIDA ST SEMINOLES 200-1 30-1
CREIGHTON BLUEJAYS 200-1 300-1
USC TROJANS 200-1 500-1
DAYTON FLYERS 200-1 300-1
SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS 200-1 200-1
ST MARY’S GAELS 200-1 100-1
VANDERBILT COMMODORES 200-1 300-1
RHODE ISLAND RAMS 300-1 100-1
PROVIDENCE FRIARS 300-1 300-1
NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS 300-1 200-1
ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS 300-1 300-1
VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES 300-1 200-1
WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS 300-1 300-1
MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS 300-1 80-1
MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES 300-1 300-1
KANSAS ST WILDCATS 300-1 300-1
OKLAHOMA ST COWBOYS 300-1 100-1
PRINCETON TIGERS 300-1 1000-1
IONA GAELS 1000-1 5000-1
MIDDLE TENN ST BLUE RAIDERS 1000-1 300-1
SOUTH DAKOTA ST JACKRABBITS 1000-1 5000-1
NEW MEXICO ST AGGIES 2000-1 5000-1
KENT ST GOLDEN FLASHES 2000-1 5000-1
NEVADA WOLFPACK 2000-1 500-1
FLORIDA GULF COAST EAGLES 2000-1 2000-1
FIELD (ALL OTHERS) 500-1 500-1