2018 NCAA Basketball Title Odds & Picks

2018 NCAA Basketball Title Odds & Picks

With the thrilling conclusion to the 2017 March Madness national championship tournament, college basketball bettors everywhere are already turning their eyes toward next season’s possible national championship winner.

2018 NCAA Basketball Title Odds & Picks

With the quick release of the odds to win the 2018 national championship, you can already make a potentially profitable wager on next season’s championship winner. Thanks to the expert college hoops analysis that you’re about to get, you’re going to have a great idea of just what to expect out of two legitimate title contenders, one value-packed contender and my top longshot selection to upset everyone en route to next season’s national championship.

Odds To Win The 2017-18 National Basketball Title

Duke, Kentucky and Louisville are the co-favorites to win next year’s title, while 2016-17 finalists North Carolina and Gonzaga are given 12-1 odds.

TEAM ODDS TEAM ODDS
Duke 10-1 Florida 20-1
Kentucky 10-1 Indiana 20-1
Louisville 10-1 Michigan 20-1
Gonzaga 12-1 Michigan St. 20-1
Kansas 12-1 Wichita St. 20-1
N. Carolina 12-1 Butler 25-1
Villanova 12-1 W. Virginia 25-1
Arizona 15-1 Virginia 30-1

Now, let’s get started with my early NCAA Basketball Title picks.

The Favorite To Win The 2018 NCAA Basketball Championship: Louisville 10/1

The Louisville Cardinals are actually 10/1 co-favorites with Kentucky and Duke, but since Rick Pitino’s squad likely isn’t losing any underclassmen to the NBA draft, I think they’re going to have a wealth of experience to depend on next season, not to mention a lockdown defense that ranked an impressive 41st in points allowed this past season (66.0 ppg).

I know 6-3 guard Donovan Mitchell and 6-7 forward Deng Adel have both declared for the NBA Draft, meaning the Cardinals could lose two of their three leading scorers from this past season, but neither has signed an agent and I believe both will likely return by the June 12th deadline to withdraw their names.

Duke will lose freshman forwards Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles to the NBA Draft while Kentucky will lose freshmen guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk.

The Smart Bet To Win The 2018 NCAA Basketball Championship: Kentucky Wildcats 10/1

Kentucky may have lost to eventual champion North Carolina in the Elite Eight and the Wildcats may be losing their two star players from this past season, but head coach John Calipari has mastered the art of maintaining a roster full of mostly ‘one-and-done’ future NBA performers on a championship-caliber title contender, mostly because he gets elite recruits each and every year.

While both, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are considered top-10 NBA prospects, the Wildcats have already reportedly garnered the nation’s top recruiting class for next season and will bring in an insane five, 5-star recruits for the 2017-18 season including 6-11 big man Nick Richards, 6-8 forward P.J. Washington, 6-3 guard Quade Green and 6-8 forward Jarred Vanderbilt among others. Right now, the Wildcats look like the ‘smart’ pick to win the 2018 national championship simply based on their insane talent level.

The Value Pick To Win The 2018 NCAA Basketball Championship: Miami Hurricanes 50/1

I know the Hurricanes lost in the first round this year to Michigan State, but this is also a team that beat national champion North Carolina by 15 points during the regular season, so clearly, they can play with the best teams in the nation when they want to.

Miami will return heady combo guard Bruce Brown (11.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg), former five-star forward Dewan Huell (5.8 ppg) and point guard Ja’Quan Newton (13.5 ppg), along with several other key role players like Anthony Lawrence (6.8 ppg), Ebuka Izundu (4.3 ppg), Dejean Vasiljevic (6.0 ppg). More importantly, the Canes are adding three Top 100 recruits in 5-star, 6-4 shooting guard Lonnie Walker, 5-7 point guard Chris Lykes and 6-10 big man Deng Gak.

The Longshot To Win The 2018 NCAA Basketball Championship: Northwestern 100/1

I know Northwestern (24-12) isn’t a traditional or new-age basketball powerhouse and that they likely won’t land a Top 100 recruit this offseason, but I say, so what!

Head coach Chris Collins returns nearly every key contributor from his 2016-17 squad including junior guards and top two scorers Bryant McIntosh (14.8 ppg) and Scottie Lindsey (14.1 ppg).

In case you forgot, not only did the Wildcats make history be reaching the NCAA Tournament, but they dispatched Vanderbilt 68-66 in their opener and really put on a show in narrowly falling to national champion runner-up Gonzaga 79-73 while getting robbed on a missed goaltending call in the final minutes.

Right now, the Wildcats look like as good a longshot selection to win the 2018 national championship as anyone.

Here is a look at the complete list of odds to win the 2018 national championship.

2017-18 CBB title odds

Team

Opening odds

KENTUCKY Wildcats

10-1

LOUISVILLE Cardinals

10-1

DUKE Blue Devils

10-1

KANSAS Jayhawks

12-1

NORTH CAROLINA Tar Heels

12-1

VILLANOVA Wildcats

12-1

GONZAGA Bulldogs

12-1

ARIZONA Wildcats

15-1

MICHIGAN Wolverines

20-1

INDIANA Hoosiers

20-1

WICHITA ST Shockers

20-1

FLORIDA Gators

20-1

MICHIGAN ST Spartans

20-1

UCLA Bruins

25-1

BUTLER Bulldogs

25-1

WEST VIRGINIA Mountaineers

25-1

VIRGINIA Cavaliers

30-1

OKLAHOMA Sooners

40-1

FLORIDA ST Seminoles

40-1

ST MARY’S Gaels

40-1

BAYLOR Bears

50-1

MIAMI FL Hurricanes

50-1

OREGON Ducks

60-1

SETON HALL Pirates

60-1

PURDUE Boilermakers

60-1

USC Trojans

60-1

WISCONSIN Badgers

80-1

XAVIER Musketeers

80-1

SMU Mustangs

80-1

CINCINNATI Bearcats

80-1

IOWA ST Cyclones

80-1

CREIGHTON Bluejays

80-1

ALABAMA Crimson Tide

80-1

VANDERBILT Commodores

80-1

NOTRE DAME Fighting Irish

80-1

U CONN Huskies

100-1

VCU Rams

100-1

VIRGINIA TECH Hokies

100-1

SYRACUSE Orange

100-1

MARQUETTE Golden Eagles

100-1

MARYLAND Terrapins

100-1

MINNESOTA Golden Gophers

100-1

NORTHWESTERN Wildcats

100-1

ILLINOIS Fighting Illini

100-1

ARKANSAS Razorbacks

100-1

SOUTH CAROLINA Gamecocks

100-1

TEXAS A&M Aggies

100-1

NEVADA Wolfpack

100-1

SAN DIEGO ST Aztecs

100-1

UTAH Utes

100-1

PROVIDENCE Friars

200-1

GEORGETOWN Hoyas

200-1

GEORGIA Bulldogs

200-1

OKLAHOMA ST Cowboys

300-1

KANSAS ST Wildcats

300-1

TCU Horned Frogs

300-1

TEXAS TECH Red Raiders

300-1

DAYTON Flyers

300-1

RHODE ISLAND Rams

300-1

WAKE FOREST Demon Deacons

300-1

CLEMSON Tigers

300-1

ST JOHN’S Red Storm

300-1

IOWA Hawkeyes

300-1

OHIO ST Buckeyes

300-1

PENN ST Nittany Lions

300-1

NEBRASKA Cornhuskers

300-1

TEXAS Longhorns

300-1

ILLINOIS ST Redbirds

300-1

OLE MISS Rebels

300-1

TENNESSEE Volunteers

300-1

AUBURN Tigers

300-1

MISSISSIPPI ST Bulldogs

300-1

MISSOURI Tigers

300-1

BYU Cougars

300-1

CALIFORNIA Golden Bears

300-1

COLORADO Buffaloes

300-1