With the 2017-18 college basketball season inching closer to the end of the regular season and start of conference championship play and teams all over the nation really starting to reveal who they’ll be once March Madness gets underway, now is a perfect time to take a look at the latest college basketball national championship futures odds!
2018 NCAA Basketball Title Odds & Picks
- Duke +500
- Villanova +500
- Michigan St +525
- Wichita St +1200
- Virginia +1400
- Purdue +1400
- Arizona +1400
- Kentucky +1600
- Kansas +1600
- West Virginia +2000
The Favorite Pick To Win The 2018 NCAA Basketball Title: Villanova +500
Villanova (18-1) won the national championship two years ago and now, it looks like Jay Wright has another championship worthy team this season. The top-ranked Wildcats are pretty damned elite at both ends of the floor as they average a fantastic 87.9 points per game (5th) while limiting the opposition to just 68.4 points per game defensively (83rd).
Villanova has a National Player of the Year candidate in point guard Jalen Brunson that averages 19 points per game while shooting a mind-boggling 57.7 percent from the field. The Cats also have an elite swingman that looks like a future pro in Mikal Bridges (17.0 ppg) and three other players that also average double figures in scoring, including a freshman five -star recruit that hasn’t even scratched the surface of his potential. More importantly, Villanova plays the right way by sharing the ball and every player on the floor is dangerous. Make no mistake about it, the Wildcats are going to be very difficult for anyone to dispatch once the national championship tournament gets underway.
The Smart Pick To Win The 2018 NCAA Basketball Title: Purdue +1600
Like Villanova, No. 3 Purdue is elite at both ends of the floor as they average 84.8 points per game offensively (19th) and limit the opposition to a mind-boggling 62.2 points per game defensively (10th). Also, the Boilermakers are pretty versatile with four double-digit scorers and another player that averages 9.0 points per contest. Purdue has a resident star in guard Carsen Edwards (17.2 ppg) and an excellent if underrated head coach in Matt Painter!
The Longshot Pick To Win The 2018 NCAA Basketball Title: Auburn +6600
Despite losing just two games so far this season, the 19th-ranked Auburn Tigers (17-2) aren’t getting a whole lot of love from college hoops bettors and pollsters! Nevertheless, I love the value they’re offering seeing as how they average a healthy 85.3 points per game (15th) and limit the opposition to 72.4 points per game defensively.
The Tigers have four double-digit scorers and a pair of other players that both average over 7.0 points per game. they’ve got a go-to star in guard Bryce Brown and a three-headed backcourt that is smart with the basketball. Sure, they haven’t beaten the likes of any really powerful teams at the moment and they lost to a very good Alabama team, but as a +6600 longshot that has lost just two games, I think they’re offering some excellent value right now!