Who will come out of the wild wild west to make to the 2018 March Madness Final Four? I have three picks that you should look at making before tip-off. Happy hunting!
2018 March Madness Picks To Win The West
The March Madness Favorite To Win The West: #1 Xavier
Xavier is an excellent basketball team. What I like about the Musketeers is that they went 21 and 12 against the spread this season. Xavier only lost 5 games on the season. 2 of the 5 losses were to the rival Villanova Wildcats. Another loss was 72 to 75 in overtime to Providence in the Big East Tournament.
Xavier also lost to Providence on Jan. 6. The Musketeers mustn’t play Providence or Villanova in the West Region. That’s a big reason to believe Xavier takes it. A reason to not believe Xavier takes it is that they played a relatively easy non-conference schedule. Save for a win over Cincinnati in early December, the Musketeers beat Arizona State, Baylor, Wisconsin and Colorado.
The March Madness Smart Pick To Win The West: #3 Michigan
The Michigan Wolverines might be the hottest team in the nation. Michigan won it’s final 9 games. They also went 8 and 1 against the spread in those 9 games.
They drilled Ohio State 74 to 62 on Feb. 18. They beat Michigan State 75 to 64 on March 3. They beat Purdue 75 to 66 on March 4. The Wolverines won their third straight Big Ten Basketball Tournament.
Michigan’s defense and offense are playing better now than it has all season long. The Wolverines should be taken seriously as a team that could take down mighty Xavier for the West Region.
The March Madness West Longshot Pick: #11 San Diego State
The San Diego State Aztecs are another hot team that will try to win the West Region. The Aztecs have been as hot as possible in the Mountain West Conference. San Diego State, like Michigan, has gone 9 and 0 straight up in their last 9. They’ve also gone 8 and 1 against the spread in those 9 games.
SDSU’s Round 1 game is versus AP-ranked Houston. Houston, who lost to Wichita State in the AAC Tournament Championship, is a -4 favorite. So far, 50% feel this game can go either way. I think San Diego State can win the West Region.