Men’s NCAA Basketball Title Odds & PicksJosh Bailey
With the start of the 2017-18 college basketball season here, now is a perfect time for a look at the top title contenders to win the 2018 NCAA Championship and how they’ll make out against their value-packed college hoops futures odds.
Early Odds & Picks To Win The 2017 Men’s NCAA Basketball Title
The Favorite To Win The Men’s NCAA Basketball Title: Duke +615
Whether you love the Blue devils or loathe them like your worst enemy (yeah, No. 45 brings out the worst in everyone), the fact of the matter is that Duke is absolutely loaded with talent this year. Sweet-shooting Grayson Allen has his captaincy back and probably is done tripping opponents for no reason. Throw in the possible No.1 overall pick in next year’s draft in 6-10 forward Marvin Bagley II and an electrifying point guard in Trevon Duval, and it’s easy to see why the Dookies are the prohibitive favorites.
A Top Pick To Win The Men’s NCAA Basketball Title: Michigan State +800
The Spartans are deep and experienced, plus they have one of the very best coaches in all of college basketball in Tom Izzo, plus arguably the best returning player in all of college basketball in hybrid forward/guard Miles Bridges and the Spartans will have a decent shot.
The Smart Pick To Win The Men’s NCAA Basketball Title: Arizona +950
The Wildcats are absolutely loaded with five-star talent starting with 7-foot-1 center Deandre Ayton and preseason All-America in Allonzo Trier. However, his school was caught up in that FBI sting recently sweeping up one of his assistant coaches and it’s cost him at least one future recruit so far. Still, the Wildcats are loaded, even if Sean Miller is no Lute Olson.
The Value Pick To Win The Men’s NCAA Basketball Title: Kentucky +1000
John Calipari has mastered the one-and-done team by now and he’ll have another version on his hand this season with super elite NBA prospects like guard Hamidou Diallo and other five-star recruits like forward Kevin Knox, Jarred Vanderbilt, P.J. Washington and point guard Quade Green. Still, like last season, too much youth can be problematic, even if you are using a bunch of future NBA performers.
Another Value Pick To Win The Men’s NCAA Basketball Title: Kansas +1500
Bill Self usually has more experienced teams, but this year won’t be one of them as he features young stars like 7-0 center Udoka Azubuike and McDonald’s All-American 6-10 freshman forward freshman Billy Preston. Self does have some experience in senior guard Devonte’ Graham and Malik Newman, a McDonald’s All-American who played one year at Mississippi State before coming to Kansas.
North Carolina +1800
Three starters and five rotation members are gone from last season’s national champions, but Roy Williams still has rock-steady point guard Joel Berry back running the show and blossoming NCAA Tourney star Luke Maye, not to mention another very good player in Pitt transfer Cameron Johnson.
The Tigers are the team I think everyone should be watching out for this coming season. The Tigers may have the No. 1 pick in next year’s NBA Draft in 6-10 forward Michael Porter, plus Mizzou has some other elite talent in Porter’s brother Jantay, senior transfer Kassius Robertson and forward Kevin Puryear. If the Tigers get some competent play in the backcourt, they could surprise in a big way.
Wichita State +3000
The Shockers start their first AAC season with major hoop dreams and rightfully so. Wichita State returns all five starters and its top eight scorers from last season’s 31-win team, including first-team including forward Markis McDuffie (11.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and a sure-fire NBA performer in point guard Landry Shamet (11.4 ppg, 3.3 apg). Head coach Gregg Marshall is now, undoubtedly one of the very best coaches in all of college basketball and the Shockers just ‘look’ dangerous.