March Madness Favorites

When March Madness rolls around each year, it is easy to name the favorites of the tournament as the four number one seeds are posted for everyone to see. But there is no guarantee that these four teams will make it to the Final Four. For the most part, if you do not like any of the No. 1 seeds, you should consider one of the No. 2 seeds as a favorite, especially if they just missed out on being named a No. 1 seed. [+]

At the same time, don’t get too caught up in the seeding process. It’s important during the first and second rounds of games, when you don’t have as many previous tournament samples to base your decisions off, but as you get deeper into March Madness, you’ll want to invest more time studying the performances of teams through the tournament itself, rather than the regular season. Results from matchups earlier in the year should certainly be taken into account, especially if the two teams in question faced off against each other, but recency rules the day during the NCAA’s National Championship bracket. Find out more about this below.

 March Madness Odds To Win

It is best to place your bets for March Madness games with an online sportsbook you can trust. One of the best ways to find a trusted site is to browse the options available in our Top 5 sportsbook table below. All of them are reputable sportsbooks, so you needn’t worry about anything going wrong after submitting your wager.

That said, be sure to confirm that these provided odds track with what’s actually listed on the website itself. We take pride in our accuracy in these tables, but game lines and odds move so much during March Madness, it’s imperative you crosscheck everything you see. Discrepancies are typically small, but even the most minor anomalies can impact a particular bet.

Final Four Favorites

In the past, despite being declared favorites because of receiving a number-one seed, only once in the history of the tournament have all four No. 1 seeds reached the Final Four. This occurred back in 2008, when Memphis, North Carolina, Kansas, and UCLA all made the Final Four as regional one-seed tournament favorites.

When playing the Final Four and National Championship odds, don’t tether yourself to these No. 1 seeds. The smartest bettors, in fact, won’t place too much stock in futures. The college basketball climate is too turbulent when you get to March Madness. Favorites are knocked off all the time.

Make no mistake, the returns on pre-tournament championship odds are great. But you’re not doing yourself any favors throwing a lot of money at the top seeds.

In the event you have watched a particular team all season, and you feel there is no way they’re going to suffer a single loss in their upcoming schedule, then by all means, bet your heart out. But the key to dominating March Madness is rolling with the punches as things as unfold.

Teams you like may not necessarily open the tournament strong. Sleepers you didn’t know about could burst onto the scene. An early upset could bust everyone’s bracket and change the way you look at the championship picture. 

Give yourself the flexibility to account for performances in the March Madness tournament itself. This isn’t to say you should throw regular-season accomplishments out the window, but playing single-game spreads and daily parlays can be just as lucrative as future bets, while giving you a better opportunity to remain successful.

Then, once you get to the Sweet 16 or Elite Eight, and you’ve had some time to digest the displays of every team remaining, you can work the futures.

The odds won’t be as lucrative as they were before March, but you’ll have the unique advantage of having watched half of the tournament or more, increasing the chances of a victorious bet. And winning bets are far better than losing long-shot wagers just because you were seduced by the amount of a return you’re never going to see. 

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Tuesday 14 March
FT NEW 66 - 67 MOU Mount St. Mary´s Mountaineers vs. New Orleans Privateers statsMount St. Mary´s Mountaineers vs. New Orleans Privateers scoreMount St. Mary´s Mountaineers vs. New Orleans Privateers odds
FT WDD 88 - 95 KSW Kansas State Wildcats vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons statsKansas State Wildcats vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons scoreKansas State Wildcats vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons odds
Wednesday 15 March
FT CAL 67 - 63 NCC North Carolina Central Eagles vs. California Davis Aggies statsNorth Carolina Central Eagles vs. California Davis Aggies scoreNorth Carolina Central Eagles vs. California Davis Aggies odds
FT SCT 75 - 71 PRO Providence Friars vs. Southern California Trojans statsProvidence Friars vs. Southern California Trojans scoreProvidence Friars vs. Southern California Trojans odds
Thursday 16 March
FT PRI 58 - 60 NOT Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Princeton Tigers statsNotre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Princeton Tigers scoreNotre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Princeton Tigers odds
FT NCW 71 - 76 VIR Virginia Cavaliers vs. NC Wilmington Seahawks statsVirginia Cavaliers vs. NC Wilmington Seahawks scoreVirginia Cavaliers vs. NC Wilmington Seahawks odds
FT WIN 64 - 76 BUT Butler Bulldogs vs. Winthrop Eagles statsButler Bulldogs vs. Winthrop Eagles scoreButler Bulldogs vs. Winthrop Eagles odds
FT SDS 46 - 66 GON Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits statsGonzaga Bulldogs vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits scoreGonzaga Bulldogs vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits odds
FT BUC 80 - 86 WVM West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Bucknell Bison statsWest Virginia Mountaineers vs. Bucknell Bison scoreWest Virginia Mountaineers vs. Bucknell Bison odds
FT ETE 65 - 80 FLO Florida Gators vs. E. Tennessee State Buccaneers statsFlorida Gators vs. E. Tennessee State Buccaneers scoreFlorida Gators vs. E. Tennessee State Buccaneers odds
FT MID 81 - 72 MIN Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders statsMinnesota Golden Gophers vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders scoreMinnesota Golden Gophers vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders odds
FT VCD 66 - 68 NOR Northwestern Wildcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores statsNorthwestern Wildcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores scoreNorthwestern Wildcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores odds
FT XAM 76 - 65 MAR Maryland Terrapins vs. Xavier Musketeers statsMaryland Terrapins vs. Xavier Musketeers scoreMaryland Terrapins vs. Xavier Musketeers odds
FT MOU 56 - 76 VIL Villanova Wildcats vs. Mount St. Mary´s Mountaineers statsVillanova Wildcats vs. Mount St. Mary´s Mountaineers scoreVillanova Wildcats vs. Mount St. Mary´s Mountaineers odds
FT VCR 77 - 85 SMG St. Mary´s Gaels vs. Virginia Commonwealth Rams statsSt. Mary´s Gaels vs. Virginia Commonwealth Rams scoreSt. Mary´s Gaels vs. Virginia Commonwealth Rams odds
FT VCM 70 - 80 PUR Purdue Boilermakers vs. Vermont Catamounts statsPurdue Boilermakers vs. Vermont Catamounts scorePurdue Boilermakers vs. Vermont Catamounts odds
FT FGC 80 - 86 FLO Florida State Seminoles vs. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles statsFlorida State Seminoles vs. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles scoreFlorida State Seminoles vs. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles odds
FT VIR 74 - 84 WBG Wisconsin Badgers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies statsWisconsin Badgers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies scoreWisconsin Badgers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies odds
FT NDF 82 - 100 ARI Arizona Wildcats vs. North Dakota Fighting Sioux statsArizona Wildcats vs. North Dakota Fighting Sioux scoreArizona Wildcats vs. North Dakota Fighting Sioux odds
FT NEV 73 - 84 ISC Iowa State Cyclones vs. Nevada Wolf Pack statsIowa State Cyclones vs. Nevada Wolf Pack scoreIowa State Cyclones vs. Nevada Wolf Pack odds
Friday 17 March
FT OSC 91 - 92 MIC Michigan Wolverines vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys statsMichigan Wolverines vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys scoreMichigan Wolverines vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys odds
FT NEW 73 - 91 BAY Baylor Bears vs. New Mexico State Aggies statsBaylor Bears vs. New Mexico State Aggies scoreBaylor Bears vs. New Mexico State Aggies odds
FT SHP 71 - 77 ARK Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Seton Hall Pirates statsArkansas Razorbacks vs. Seton Hall Pirates scoreArkansas Razorbacks vs. Seton Hall Pirates odds
FT Iona Gaels 77 - 93 ORE Oregon Ducks vs. Iona Gaels statsOregon Ducks vs. Iona Gaels scoreOregon Ducks vs. Iona Gaels odds
FT JAC 63 - 78 LCA Louisville Cardinals vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks statsLouisville Cardinals vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks scoreLouisville Cardinals vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks odds
FT SCT 66 - 65 SMM Southern Methodist Mustangs vs. Southern California Trojans statsSouthern Methodist Mustangs vs. Southern California Trojans scoreSouthern Methodist Mustangs vs. Southern California Trojans odds
FT TST 64 - 103 NCT N.C. Tar Heels vs. Texas Southern Tigers statsN.C. Tar Heels vs. Texas Southern Tigers scoreN.C. Tar Heels vs. Texas Southern Tigers odds
FT RHO 84 - 72 CRE Creighton Bluejays vs. Rhode Island Rams statsCreighton Bluejays vs. Rhode Island Rams scoreCreighton Bluejays vs. Rhode Island Rams odds
FT CAL 62 - 100 KAN Kansas Jayhawks vs. California Davis Aggies statsKansas Jayhawks vs. California Davis Aggies scoreKansas Jayhawks vs. California Davis Aggies odds
FT WSS 64 - 58 DAY Dayton Flyers vs. Wichita State Shockers statsDayton Flyers vs. Wichita State Shockers scoreDayton Flyers vs. Wichita State Shockers odds
FT TRT 65 - 87 DUK Duke Blue Devils vs. Troy Trojans statsDuke Blue Devils vs. Troy Trojans scoreDuke Blue Devils vs. Troy Trojans odds
FT KSW 61 - 75 CIN Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Kansas State Wildcats statsCincinnati Bearcats vs. Kansas State Wildcats scoreCincinnati Bearcats vs. Kansas State Wildcats odds
FT MSS 78 - 58 MIA Miami Hurricanes vs. Michigan State Spartans statsMiami Hurricanes vs. Michigan State Spartans scoreMiami Hurricanes vs. Michigan State Spartans odds
FT NKN 70 - 79 KEN Kentucky Wildcats vs. Northern Kentucky Norse statsKentucky Wildcats vs. Northern Kentucky Norse scoreKentucky Wildcats vs. Northern Kentucky Norse odds
FT MGE 73 - 93 SCG South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Marquette Golden Eagles statsSouth Carolina Gamecocks vs. Marquette Golden Eagles scoreSouth Carolina Gamecocks vs. Marquette Golden Eagles odds
FT KGF 80 - 97 UCLA Bruins UCLA Bruins vs. Kent State Golden Flashes statsUCLA Bruins vs. Kent State Golden Flashes scoreUCLA Bruins vs. Kent State Golden Flashes odds
Saturday 18 March
FT NOT 71 - 83 WVM West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish statsWest Virginia Mountaineers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish scoreWest Virginia Mountaineers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish odds
FT WBG 65 - 62 VIL Villanova Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers statsVillanova Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers scoreVillanova Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers odds
FT NOR 73 - 79 GON Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Northwestern Wildcats statsGonzaga Bulldogs vs. Northwestern Wildcats scoreGonzaga Bulldogs vs. Northwestern Wildcats odds
FT XAM 91 - 66 FLO Florida State Seminoles vs. Xavier Musketeers statsFlorida State Seminoles vs. Xavier Musketeers scoreFlorida State Seminoles vs. Xavier Musketeers odds
FT MID 65 - 74 BUT Butler Bulldogs vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders statsButler Bulldogs vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders scoreButler Bulldogs vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders odds
FT SMG 60 - 69 ARI Arizona Wildcats vs. St. Mary´s Gaels statsArizona Wildcats vs. St. Mary´s Gaels scoreArizona Wildcats vs. St. Mary´s Gaels odds
FT VIR 39 - 65 FLO Florida Gators vs. Virginia Cavaliers statsFlorida Gators vs. Virginia Cavaliers scoreFlorida Gators vs. Virginia Cavaliers odds
FT ISC 76 - 80 PUR Purdue Boilermakers vs. Iowa State Cyclones statsPurdue Boilermakers vs. Iowa State Cyclones scorePurdue Boilermakers vs. Iowa State Cyclones odds
Sunday 19 March
FT MIC 73 - 69 LCA Louisville Cardinals vs. Michigan Wolverines statsLouisville Cardinals vs. Michigan Wolverines scoreLouisville Cardinals vs. Michigan Wolverines odds
FT WSS 62 - 65 KEN Kentucky Wildcats vs. Wichita State Shockers statsKentucky Wildcats vs. Wichita State Shockers scoreKentucky Wildcats vs. Wichita State Shockers odds
973' MSS 42 - 50 KAN Kansas Jayhawks vs. Michigan State Spartans statsKansas Jayhawks vs. Michigan State Spartans scoreKansas Jayhawks vs. Michigan State Spartans odds
429' ARK 11 - 25 NCT N.C. Tar Heels vs. Arkansas Razorbacks statsN.C. Tar Heels vs. Arkansas Razorbacks scoreN.C. Tar Heels vs. Arkansas Razorbacks odds
RHO 19:10 ORE Oregon Ducks vs. Rhode Island Rams statsOregon Ducks vs. Rhode Island Rams scoreOregon Ducks vs. Rhode Island Rams odds
SCT 19:45 BAY Baylor Bears vs. Southern California Trojans statsBaylor Bears vs. Southern California Trojans scoreBaylor Bears vs. Southern California Trojans odds
SCG 20:40 DUK Duke Blue Devils vs. South Carolina Gamecocks statsDuke Blue Devils vs. South Carolina Gamecocks scoreDuke Blue Devils vs. South Carolina Gamecocks odds
CIN 21:40 UCLA Bruins UCLA Bruins vs. Cincinnati Bearcats statsUCLA Bruins vs. Cincinnati Bearcats scoreUCLA Bruins vs. Cincinnati Bearcats odds