The field is set. The National Title odds are out. The Blue Devils of Duke are the overall top pick in the tournament this year and the clear-cut betting favorite at +175 to win. Now let’s take a closer look at the college hoops National Title odds and top picks.
2019 College Basketball National Title Odds & Picks
2019 College Basketball National Title Favorite: Duke +175
The top overall seed laid down the law in the ACC Tournament. With already legendary Zion Williamson on the court, Duke beat North Carolina 74-73 before easily handling Florida State in the ACC Championship. The Blue Devils are a deserving 1-seed.
However, it might not be a great idea to back the chalk. Although the Blue Devils get a free pass in Round 1, they must face either North Carolina Central or North Dakota State, they could struggle some in Round 2 against either VCU or UCF. This is particularly true if they end up battling UCF.
The Knights are a good team that played in a deep American Athletic Conference. If Duke gets by UCF, they will most likely face rival Virginia Tech in the Sweet 16. VA Tech beat Duke this season.
Then, if Duke gets to the Elite Eight, they’ll most likely face the team that qualifies as the smart money play, Michigan State. The road to the Final Four is not easy for the overall 1-seed.
2019 College Basketball National Title Smart Pick: Michigan State +900
The Michigan State Spartans were down to rival Michigan in the Big Ten Championship with about 2 minutes left in the game. The Spartans picked themselves up to tie. Then, they dominated from then on out to win their sixth Big Ten Championship.
Coach Tom Izzo has a so-so history coaching in the NCAA Tournament. The 2019 NCAA Tournament should be different for the Spartans, though. The reason? While Izzo has had trouble getting his team to play their best in March, this time he’s got a never say die squad that got the bad games out of the way in late January and early February.
Michigan State has been on a roll since losing 3 straight earlier this year. Couple that with the fact that only one team in the nation will start point-guard Cassius Winston and suddenly we’ve got a viable smart wager to beat Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga, and North Carolina and win the NCAA Tournament.
2019 College Basketball National Title Longshot Pick: Wofford +15000
Wofford got a sweet draw. In Round 1 they battle Seton Hall, a team that doesn’t match up at all with them. In Round 2, the likely opponent is Kentucky, a squad made up of freshman. In the Sweet 16, they’re almost assuredly to take on Houston or Iowa State. Wofford could beat either one of those teams because they average 83 points while shooting 49.6% from the field and 41.2% from three. If the Terriers make the Elite Eight, who’s to say they don’t overwhelm a team like North Carolina or Kansas? Wofford allows 65.6 points per game. It’s not like they’re just running and gunning. So…
If you’re looking for a legit longshot with a chance, Wofford’s the team.