Smart Betting Picks To Win The 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament 

Smart Betting Picks To Win The 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament 

Smart Betting Picks To Win The 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament 

Vegas has released the NCAA Tournament Odds for every single team to win the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The favorites are Kanas, North Carolina and Michigan State.

After the trio of favorites, are the surprise Kentucky Wildcats, a 4 seed in the East, at 15 to 1. Virginia, the top seed in the Midwest is at 12 to 1. Oregon is 15-1 and Villanova at 12 to 1 and Oklahoma is at 20 to 1. The complete list of odds to win the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament are at the end of this post.

It makes sense that in this year of parity that Kansas, North Carolina and Michigan State are all favored to win the National Championship. Out of the three, North Carolina seems like the most logical choice to me. The Tar Heels have something that neither Kansas nor Michigan State has, an experienced guard that will only have to defend the Tar Heels’ opponents best guard during every tournament game. Guard Marcus Paige is like a great cornerback. He can take out the other team’s best guard in every game during March Madness. Paige did a number on Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon when keeping the ACC Player of the Year to 6 out of 22 from the field.

If it comes down to North Carolina versus Michigan State in the Elite Eight, Paige versus Spartan guard Denzel Valentine, I’m going with Paige and the Tar Heels. Paige doesn’t have to score a single point and North Carolina can still win. They’re that good. If Michigan State hopes to win, Valentine has to get his average of 17 points a game.

What that means is that Michigan State is my second choice out of the favorites to win the National Championship. Although I believe North Carolina is better than the Spartans, Michigan State’s Valentine might be good enough to will the Spartans to victory over the Tar Heels. Michigan State might be the only team in the 2016 NCAA Tournament that can beat North Carolina.

Both Oregon and Villanova offer value. You need excellent guards to win the Big Dance. Oregon has the underrated Dillon Brooks while Villanova has Ryan Arcidiacono and Josh Hart. The Villanova Wildcats also have a great forward in Kris Jenkins. If all three play at their usual level, Jay Wright’s crew can go deep in the tournament.

At 12 to 1, Virginia is sort of an underlay because the Cavaliers are likely to face Michigan State in the Elite Eight. The Spartans have a defense that’s almost as good as Virginia’s with a much better offense. Valentine should win the battle that he may end up having with Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon. Other underlays include Oklahoma at 20 to1, the Sooners shoot too many jump shots, Duke at 25 to 1, the Blue Devils don’t have a bench, and Indiana at 30 to 1. Tom Crean used smoke and mirrors in order for the Hoosiers to win the Big Ten Regular Season.

Three underdogs worth considering are West Virginia at 25 to 1, Maryland at 30 to 1 and Miami-FL at 30 to 1. All 3 teams have excellent coaches and terrific guard play. All 3 teams also have decent front lines. Out of the three, my money is going to be on the Maryland Terrapins. I still believe that Rasheed Sulaimon and Melo Trimble make up the best guard tandem in all of college basketball. The frontline of Jake Layman, Diamond Stone and Robert Carter, can bang with any frontline in college hoops. Plus, the Terps have a special player in Trimble.

My money will be on North Carolina to win the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament. I’ll put a few bucks on Maryland as my underdog bet. 

Updated NCAA Basketball Tournament Odds

Kansas 9-2
Michigan State 5-1
North Carolina 5-1
Virginia 12-1
Villanova 12-1
Kentucky 15-1
Oregon 15-1
Oklahoma 20-1
Xavier 25-1
West Virginia 25-1
Duke 25-1
Miami, Fla. 30-1
Texas A&M 30-1
Indiana 30-1
Purdue 30-1
Maryland 30-1
Utah 40-1
California 40-1
Arizona 40-1
Iowa State 60-1
Baylor 60-1
Texas 80-1
Notre Dame 80-1
Seton Hall 80-1
Gonzaga 80-1
Iowa 80-1
Wichita State 80-1
Wisconsin 100-1
Dayton 100-1
Vanderbilt 100-1
Oregon State 200-1
USC 200-1
Saint Joseph’s 200-1
Providence 200-1
Butler 200-1
Cincinnati 200-1
VCU 200-1
Michigan 200-1
Texas Tech 200-1
Colorado 300-1
Pittsburgh 300-1
Syracuse 300-1
Temple 500-1
Tulsa 500-1
Northern Iowa 500-1
Chattanooga 1,000-1
Arkansas-Little Rock 1,000-1
Hawaii 1,000-1
Buffalo 1,000-1
Fresno State 1,000-1
S.F. Austin 1,000-1
Middle Tennessee 1,000-1
Yale 2,000-1
South Dakota State 2,000-1
UNC-Wilmington 2,000-1
Stony Brook 2,000-1
Iona 2,000-1
Wisconsin-Green Bay 2,000-1
Cal St-Bakersfield 5,000-1
UNC-Asheville 9,999-1
Weber State 9,999-1
Austin Peay 9,999-1
Hampton 9,999-1
Florida Gulf Coast 9,999-1
Fairleigh Dickinson 9,999-1
Southern 9,999-1
Holy Cross 9,999-1