2018 Championship Odds
Michigan State 9/2
Why is Vegas going with Michigan State? Michigan State has a lot of players returning for this Tom Izzo team. Especially one player, Miles Bridges, who elected to return to school. He would’ve easily been a top 10 pick in a stacked 2017 draft but he chose to stay and improve his game. Who knows, maybe he’ll win a championship or be named the Player of the Year.
As stated by Sascha Paruk in his College Basketball Season Preview: https://www.sportsbettingdime.com/news/ncaab/2017-18-college-basketball-complete-odds-season-preview/
“We’re siding with MSU because (a) experience matters in March… (b) coaching matters in March.”
Nothing else has to be said.
Tom Izzo is a great coach and he is a big reason Miles Bridges returned for another year with the Spartans. Their experience will prove to be a factor in the NCAA tournament.
Duke has a few big names themselves behind one of the most successful coaches ever, Mike Krzyzewski. Grayson Allen is back for his senior season at Cameron Indoor and, let’s face it, when he has his head on straight (without all his tripping antics) he’s a great player.
Duke brought in one of the best recruiting classes in recent years with Marvin Bagley Jr., Wendell Carter, Trevon Duval, and Gary Trent Jr. who were all ranked on ESPN’s Top 100 recruits. They get a lot of home support at Cameron Indoor Stadium which, in my opinion, is one of the toughest places to play in college basketball.
They have the talent but the inexperience could hurt them in the tournament.
Other teams I’d look out for are:
They bring back Allonzo Trier, Dusan Ristic, and Parker Jackson-Cartwright alongside freshman Deandre Ayton. Sean Miller is no Tom Izzo, Mike Krzyzewski, or Bill Self, etc. but he is a good coach. Important to keep in mind from Sports Betting Dime’s Sascha Paruk, “Arizona could also face eligibility issues from the recruiting scandal, which bumps them down a bit.”
John Calipari brings in talented freshmen (most of whom will be one-and-done) year after year. They brought in Kevin Knox, who’s been impressive early this season and P.J. Washington. Kentucky will find a way to make it deep into the tournament.
Toughest Conference in College Basketball:
The ACC consists of Duke, UNC, Miami, Notre Dame, Louisville, Syracuse, NC State, and Virginia. All these teams have a chance to make it into the tournament and they probably will. Sascha Paruk said it best, “The ACC doesn’t just have Duke as a serious title contender. Miami, Louisville, and Notre Dame all have national championship aspirations, not to mention reigning champ UNC.”
Who to Pick for Player of The Year?
The safest bet is Miles Bridges from Michigan State. He believes he has unfinished business at the college level and he is under a great coach, Tom Izzo. Miles Bridges is already one of the best players in college basketball and he can only get better with the talent around him.