Three blue-bloods and a team of destiny. Who will win the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Title? Villanova, Kansas, Michigan or Loyola of Chicago? Two top seeds, a third seed, and an eleventh.
Final Four NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Odds & Picks
- Villanova +107
- Michigan +270
- Kansas +335
- Loyola Chicago +1125
The Las Vegas Oddsmakers Favorite to Win The NCAA Men’s Championship
Villanova is the Las Vegas oddsmakers favorite pick to win the NCAA Men’s Title. The Wildcats have held the pole since Selection Sunday when Villanova opened as +570 favorites to win.
To get their ticket to San Antonio, Villanova beat 16th-seed Radford, No. 8 Alabama, No. 5 West Virginia, and third-seed Texas Tech.
National player of the year candidate Jalen Brunson is why Villanova has been hitting the expectations of the betting favorite. He has been a part of a high school state title team, a U-19 World Championship team and now a pair of Villanova Final Four teams.
This team has been playing like they did in 2016 when the Wildcats went on to win the national title. But standing in Villanova’s way are the Kansas Jayhawks.
The Smart Pick to Win The NCAA Men’s Championship
The Kansas Jayhawks, at +335, are a great value bet.
Head coach Bill Self entered Sunday with a 2-7 record in the Elite Eight, one loss shy of Adolph Rupp’s all-time record for losses in the regional finals. Now Self is headed back to San Antonio, where his team defeated North Carolina and Memphis in 2008 to win his lone national title.
Malik Newman, former McDonald’s All-American, is averaging 22.7 points and shooting north of 50% from 3-point range in seven games in the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments. He torched Duke for 32 points on Sunday.
The Longshot Pick To Win
The eleventh-seeded Ramblers of Loyola-Chicago are listed at +1125 to win the NCAA Men’s Basketball title. They face the third-seed Michigan Wolverines in the Final Four.
The other three of this year’s Final Four teams were among Las Vegas oddsmakers’ six pre-tournament favorites. The Ramblers opened the tournament as betting long shots. Then they defeated 6th-seed Miami, third-seed Tennessee, No. 7 Nevada, and No. 9 Kansas State.
This team is not a fluke. They have not been winning because of luck or bad calls. This team was built. You just weren’t watching.