The Best Bets To Win The 2016 March Madness Tournament



It won’t be long before the NCAA selection committee makes its decisions on which teams are in and which teams are out when it comes to this year’s March Madness tournament. The revolving door at the top has created that much more uncertainty looking ahead to this year’s tourney but we have already broken down the potential contenders to determine the best bets. Here is a look at the four best bets to win the 2016 March Madness tournament.

No. 3 Oklahoma (19-3)

It hasn’t been the smoothest ride for Oklahoma this season but Buddy Hield has been an absolute stud and the Sooners are the best shooting team in the nation. Hield saved the day again with Oklahoma’s final 12 points including the game-winning three in the final seconds of a win over Texas and the expectation is that he is the type of clutch shooter that is more than capable of putting the team on his back in big time situations. Hield has registered eight 30-point games and leads the Big 12 with an average of 26.0 points per game so look for him to lead a talented and experienced Oklahoma team that at least on paper looks like the best bet right now to win a NCAA national championship.

No. 9 North Carolina (19-4)

North Carolina has looked absolutely terrible at times this season but they have also looked really dangerous at other times and there is no doubt about their elite potential if they can get healthy in time for the tournament. The Tar Heels still lead the ACC in scoring and rank second in field goal percentage this season. UNC has averaged more than 41 points per game inside the paint but they have struggled to find their shooting rhythm from beyond the arc to this point with only a 25-percent three-point shooting percentage. Health and the ability to shoot the three will be key for the Tar Heels but if they can fix their problems in time for the tournament then they will be a force in this year’s March Madness.

No. 2 Maryland (21-3)

While the Sooners might very well have the best shooters in the country, Maryland has one of the stingiest defenses as they have the best field goal percentage defense in the Big Ten. The Terrapins have held opponents to only 38-percent shooting from the field and 27-percent on three-point shots this season. Factor in that Maryland is the only Big Ten team with five players averaging at least 10.0 points per game and it’s clear that they have the perfect balance to compete for a national title. Freshman big man Diamond Stone has been an absolute revelation up front and he will be a tough matchup for any opponent once the Madness begins.

No. 4 Iowa (19-4)

The Hawkeyes bounced back from their loss to Maryland with three straight wins by a combined average of 16.7 points and there is no doubt they have what it takes to win it all this year. Iowa leads the Big Ten in scoring at more than 78 points per game. They also lead in steals and turnover margin. Jarrod Uthoff and Peter Jok have averaged a combined 36 points per game this season and will be very dangerous come March. Factor in that the Hawkeyes have turned the ball over on only 14 percent of its possessions this season – the best mark in the Big Ten, and it’s clear this team has the potential to do something special in the NCAA title tournament.

Odds To Win March Madness
Arizona +3000
Arizona State +85000
Arkansas +95000
Auburn +95000
Baylor +15000
Boston College +99999
Butler +8000
BYU +25000
California +6500
Cincinnati +15000
Clemson +50000
Colorado +45000
Creighton +50000
Dayton +10000
Duke +1200
Florida +15000
Florida State +35000
Georgetown +25000
Georgia +99999
Georgia Tech +99999
Gonzaga +5000
Harvard +95000
Illinois +99999
Indiana +4500
Iowa +1200
Iowa State +3000
Kansas +800
Kansas State +50000
Kentucky +1200
LSU +5000
Marquette +20000
Maryland +800
Memphis +65000
Miami Florida +3000
Michigan +8500
Michigan State +800
Minnesota +99999
NC State +65000
Nebraska +99999
New Mexico +75000
North Carolina +600
Notre Dame +6500
Ohio State +50000
Oklahoma +900
Oklahoma State +50000
Ole Miss +50000
Oregon +2500
Pittsburgh +12500
Providence +4000
Purdue +2000
San Diego State +25000
Seton Hall +50000
South Carolina +12500
Stanford +95000
St Joes +95000
St Johns +99999
St Louis +99999
Syracuse +12500
Tennessee +35000
Texas +5000
Texas A&M +4000
U Conn +6000
UCLA +17500
U Mass +99999
UNLV +30000
Utah +10000
Vanderbilt +8000
Villanova +1200
Virginia +1000
Virginia Tech +99999
Wake Forest +99999
Washington +50000
West Virginia +2000
Wichita State +2000
Wisconsin +25000
Xavier +1200
Field +5000