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March Madness: Odds and Predictions

  • Duke (+225), Gonzaga (+600) and Virginia (+800) are current favorites to win the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship at
  • The NCAA March Madness Tournament will be held from March 19th through April 8th, 2019 at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota and nationally televised on CBS.

The March Madness bracket has been set, and the best teams in the country are ready to gear up for a deep NCAA Tournament run. There was no dominant team head and shoulders above the rest of the field this season, but the oddsmakers have a clear favorite in mind to win the national championship.


The Duke Blue Devils struggled a bit when superstar forward Zion Williamson was out with a knee injury, but he has returned to the fold and has made his team the clear favorite to win it all. There is some murkiness after that as the oddsmakers believe a wide variety of other teams could be in contention.

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Can Duke live up to the billing and win the championship, or will another team steal the show? Check below to see all of the NCAA Tournament odds to help decide which team to bet.

March Madness NCAA Championship Odds 

Duke (+225)

Duke finished the year in style by claiming the ACC championship. The Blue Devils pulled off a thrilling win over North Carolina in the semifinals and then beat Florida State for the conference tournament title. Duke is the clear favorite in March Madness with odds listed at +225.

Gonzaga (+600)

The Gonzaga Bulldogs were stunned by the Saint Mary’s Gaels in their conference tournament, and there will always be a faction of bettors that don’t believe they can make a true national championship run after playing in a mid-major conference. However, the oddsmakers are high on Gonzaga as it has the second-best odds in the country at +600.

Virginia (+800)

The Virginia Cavaliers were upset earlier than expected in the ACC Tournament, but their body of work is still impressive. Virginia was shocked in the first round a year ago but has hopes of winning the title this year. The Cavaliers’ defense is very good and that type of skill shows up this time of year. Virginia is listed at +800 to win the championship.

Michigan (+1000)

The Michigan Wolverines are another team with lockdown defense. They were up and down in conference play but have some big wins on the season. Michigan is listed at +1000 to win the title, which, somewhat surprisingly, is the best odds among any Big Ten team.

Michigan State (+1200)

The Michigan State Spartans aren’t that far behind, as they come in at +1200 odds to claim the title. Michigan State has a super talented team but it got some bad luck by being placed in the same bracket as Duke, and would be the underdogs in a projected Elite Eight matchup between the teams.

Kentucky  (+1200)

The Kentucky Wildcats are also listed at +1200 odds. They didn’t win the SEC this year but picked up a pretty solid draw with Houston the No. 3 seed and North Carolina the No. 1 in their bracket. The Wildcats could be the favorite to come out of it and make it to the Final Four.

North Carolina (+1200)

The North Carolina Tar Heels are also listed at +1200 so the oddsmakers feel like that bracket is a toss-up. North Carolina has played Duke tough all year but also has a handful of losses, so this team is a little tough to peg.

The Field

Others that are listed among the contenders for the national championship include the Tennessee Volunteers at +1400, the Auburn Tigers at +2000 and the Houston Cougars, Purdue Boilermakers, Nevada Wolfpack and Texas Tech Red Raiders all at +2500. It will be interesting to see if any of the smaller programs can come away with the title.

Some longshot choices include the Florida Gators, LSU Tigers, Iowa State Cyclones and Villanova Wildcats at +5300.

March Madness Predictions and Picks

Our pick:Virginia Cavaliers at +800 odds

Duke may be the best team in the country, but these odds are too tough to take the Blue Devils to win the title. The Virginia Cavaliers have a very winnable bracket and wouldn’t have to see Duke until the championship game.

Virginia was stunned early in March Madness a season ago and it’s going to completely make up for that by winning the national title.

Check out the latest NCAA basketball betting odds – March Madness.


George Newman
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