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There is nothing quite like all the betting action that takes place every year during the NCAA Tournament. Otherwise known as March Madness, the Men’s College Basketball Tournament is a haven for NCAAB bettors. Filled with plenty of action, and the games chalk full of excitement, bettors interested in action on NCAA Basketball Future Odds could come home with a huge pay day when all is said and done.

NCAA Tournament Odds To Win It All

The NCAA Tournament is known as “March Madness” because every year there are numerous upsets and Cinderella stories ruining brackets all across the globe. Knowing there will be upsets along the way can be used by bettors to narrow down the NCAA Tournament odds to win it all before the tournament by isolating specific strengths and weaknesses teams have that could be exploited. So while often times there are multiple teams listed as the favourites to go all the way, sometimes it may be best to look at quality outside shots to make a run and go all the way. 

Villanova Wildcats

Coming off its third Big East tournament crown in four years, the No. 1-ranked Villanova Wildcats enter the NCAA men’s basketball tournament as one of the heavy favourites to win it all. The Wildcats steamrolled opponents throughout the 2017-18 college basketball season, finishing with a record of 30-4. Villanova may have a history of fizzling out of the tournament early, but don’t expect that to happen to the 2016 March Madness champions when the tournament tips off. There is too much fire power on the Wildcats club, including three-point threat Mikal Bridges, who averaged 18 points a game and went .433 from the arc during the season.

Virginia Cavaliers

If the Cavaliers want to cut down the nets at the 2018 March Madness tournament, the club will have a difficult road. Faced with a difficult draw in the tournament, the No. 1 Cavaliers, who only lost twice throughout the season, could potentially have to go through No. 4 Arizona or No. 5 Kentucky in their journey to a title. However, Virginia boasts one of the best defenses in NCAA history as the program finished first in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 31-2 record. Virginia has won 8 straight games as the club heads into the NCAA tournament as +600 favourites to win it all.

Duke Blue Devils

With a revamped defensive system, the Duke Blue Devils enter the NCAA tournament as legitimate contenders to win the championship for a sixth time in school history. A stunning loss to St. John’s in early February forced the Blue Devils to rethink their defensive set up and since that defeat, Duke has worked its way back into the NCAA tournament champ discussion. The Blue Devils capped off the regular season with a 26-7 record and finished second in the ACC. As a No. 2 seed in the tournament, Duke’s road to the Final Four isn’t as challenging as the first two teams on this list (Villanova, Virginia).

Michigan State Spartans

The Spartans topped a very competitive Big Ten Conference, finishing with a 29-4 regular-season record. But the Spartans, who are +750 favourites to win the NCAA tournament for the third time in program history, will have a difficult road with a potential match against the Duke Blue Devils in the Sweet 16. However, it’s probably a good time to put your money on the Spartans, who have only dropped one game (against Michigan) since January. Tom Izzo knows how to prepare his teams come March Madness and another trip to the Final Four for the hall of fame coach is not out of the question.

Arizona Wildcats

There are many question marks surrounding the Arizona Wildcats, who go into the NCAA men’s basketball tournament as a fourth seed and a +950 long shot to win outright. Having dealt with controversy off the court, there have been many distractions hovering over the Arizona program heading into the tournament. The Wildcats have played through those distractions and topped the Pac-12 Conference with a 27-7 record. Arizona is also riding a five-game winning streak into March Madness, so watch for the fourth seeds to keep that streak alive when the tournament tips off.

Kansas Jayhawks

Many are questioning whether the Jayhawks are a true No. 1 seed. Kansas’ biggest challenge will come in the opening round against a tough No. 16 Penn team that won the Ivy League. If the Jayhawks, who rolled to a Big 12 championship, can get through that obstacle early on, the road to the Final Four will be much more attainable. The Jayhawks topped the Big 12 with a 27-7 record and the club heads into the NCAA tournament riding a three-game winning streak. The Jayhawks are +1400 underdogs to win it all, but bettors will want to jump on that enticing line while it lasts.

Purdue Boilermakers

The Boilermakers have not made the Final Four in 38 years, but heading into this NCAA tournament, Purdue’s chances have never been better. Coming in at +1200, the Boilermakers will rely on their big bodies down low, in particular Isaac Haas, who is averaged 14.9 points per game during the 2017-18 season. But Purdue can also get the job done from long range as the Boilermakers boasted a 49.5% average from the three-point line. With a favourable road to the Sweet 16, the Boilermakers can go the distance and challenge for a title.

Cincinnati Bearcats

The No. 2-seeded Bearcats are making a 12th consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. The question is, will this be the year Cincinnati makes it to the Final Four and even win the title? Playing in the weaker American Athletic Conference, the Bearcats, who finished with a remarkable 30-4 record, will certainly face stiffer competition when March Madness gets rolling. Riding a 7-game winning streak, the Bearcats enter the NCAA men’s college tournament as No. 2 seeds. That hasn’t been enough to garner respect for the Bearcats, who are making an 8th consecutive tournament appearance.

Michigan Wolverines

The Michigan Wolverines are flying under the radar as the program enters the NCAA tournament as intriguing No. 3 seeds. John Beilein’s defense is considered to be one of the best in the country and was a key factor why the Wolverines coasted to their second straight Big Ten Tournament title. Many bettors are rolling the dice on this Michigan team, who may have finished fourth in the Big Ten, but have the team needed to make a deep run in this tournament. The road will be a challenging one but watch for the Wolverines to reach the Final Four.

Xavier Musketeers

Among all the No. 1 seeds in the tournament, oddsmakers aren’t giving the Xavier Musketeers much of a chance of winning it all. Despite finishing first in the Big East with a 28-5 record, the Musketeers come in at +1600 to win the NCAA title outright. Xavier faces a tough road to the Final Four with potential matchups against No. 2 North Carolina or No. 3 Michigan — two teams that are more than capable of knocking off the No. 1 seeds. However, the fact that Xavier has only lost twice since early November cannot be ignored. Look for the Musketeers to make a deep run, but don’t bank on the program to win it all.

North Carolina Tar Heels

Coming into March Madness as No. 2 seeds, the Tar Heels face a potential match against the Michigan Wolverines in order to win the championship. That will be a daunting task, but if there was one offensive team that can break through Michigan’s stingy defence, it’d be the Tar Heels. North Carolina, which finished fourth with a 25-10 record in a jam-packed Atlantic Coast Conference, enters the tournament as +1800 long shots to win outright. Junior forward Luke Maye will shoulder much of the offensive load for the Tar Heels, who won the title a year ago.

Gonzaga Bulldogs

Whenever it’s time to discuss March Madness contenders, it’s hard not to mention the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Heading into the NCAAs as enticing +2000 underdogs to win the tournament outright, the Bulldogs are an interesting team after finishing the regular season at 30-4. Sure, the West Coast Conference is nothing to rave about, but Gonzaga saves its best basketball for March Madness and the program has proved it can compete with the best schools in the country. Can the Bulldogs take the title in 2018? At +2000 it’s certainly a longshot bettors won’t take a chance on.

While discovering and cashing on those upsets you know will occur during the NCAA Tournament, if you are looking to get future action down on the champion, that's not likely going to be the case. Since the NCAA Tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1985, entering the 2018 Tournament, no champion has ever been seeded higher than a #8 seed in the tournament. And of those 32 winners, only three were seeded higher than #4. So with the Top 16 favored teams listed above, history suggests it will be one of those programs that cuts down the nets in early April. 

NCAA Basketball Future Odds

As with any futures odds, once you've settled on the team(s) you believe have the best chance of going all the way with the most value from a betting perspective, it's best to shop around. The odds listed for this year's tournament above come from the highly reputable Bodog.eu, but there may be better prices out there for your team(s) at the other highly regarded sportsbooks below. Like with anything in life, finding the best price for your wagers is a critical part of being a successful sports bettor and you'd do yourself a disservice by not checking out NCAA Basketball future odds offered at those other sportsbooks.

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    As far as betting tips for this year's NCAA Tournament go, begin by analyzing each of the four regions once the bracket is set and navigate through each contender's path to the Final Four. Once teams get to the Final Four anything can happen, and having at least one of your future bets at that stage will provide valuable hedging opportunities as well. Historically speaking, it's best to stick to the top 16 teams in the tournament (seeds #1-4 in each region) as they've had the most success over the long haul. Of those 29 past champions being seeded #1-4 that were touched on earlier, 20 of them have been a #1 seed and only one (Arizona in 1997) was a #4. That leaves eight past champions coming from the #2 or #3 seeds, meaning sticking to #1, #2, or #3 seeds with your NCAA Tournament wagers is probably the best way to attack.

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