March Madness Favorites and Sleepers


With the college basketball season coming down the home stretch, it is becoming more apparent who the true title contenders are. This time of year is a great time to start looking into placing bets on potential NCAA champions. You can gamble without an account on the teams with a real chance at cutting down the nets in April. 

The best bets to win it all include Baylor, Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke and Dayton. Gonzaga, Kansas and Duke are the typical powerhouses, but Baylor and Dayton are legitimate threats to win a championship. Despite their strong seasons thus far, the Bears and Flyers are likely to be undervalued compared to the traditional blue bloods. Dayton has Obi Toppin who is a national player of the year candidate and who could take over the NCAA Tournament. Baylor is arguably the most well-rounded team in the nation to go along with their elite defense.  

Some dark horse bets to become champs would be Seton Hall, Penn State, Michigan and BYU. Seton Hall has Myles Powell who is capable of a Kemba Walker-esque run through the tournament. Penn State is arguably the best team in the Big Ten as they have head-to-head wins over Maryland and at Michigan State. Michigan has already beaten Gonzaga and proven they can play with anyone in the country. BYU is a complete dart throw, but they have one of the best offenses in the country and, when fully healthy, they can keep up with anyone.

Then there are teams like San Diego State, Kentucky, Michigan State and Oregon that are unique bets. San Diego State remains the only undefeated team in the nation, but due to their conference will likely be undervalued to win the NCAA Tournament. Michigan State and Kentucky were early favorites to win it all but have underperformed for much of the season. Once we begin to roll into March, those teams typically start to play their best basketball of the year. Oregon has also underwhelmed during conference play, but with Payton Pritchard they are more than capable on winning six straight games in March and April. It may not be March quite yet, but it’s not too early to start looking for values during March Madness.