NCAA March Madness 2018: Experience could propel Villanova Wildcats to NCAA basketball title
March 05, 2018
Experience could propel Villanova Wildcats to NCAA basketball title
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NCAA March Madness event is almost upon us, with ‘Selection Sunday’ taking place on 11th March, when the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee reveals which 68 teams have qualified to take part in the NCAA Basketball Championships.
Since the tournament began in 1939, UCLA Bruins has the most national titles with 11, followed by the Kentucky Wildcats with eight and the North Carolina Tar Heels with six.
North Carolina are the defending champions having defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs 71-65 in the 2017 championship game, in what was a third championship victory for their head coach, Roy Williams. However, there have been six different champions in as many years, so predicting the winner is a far from easy task.
The current NCAA betting odds indicate just how competitive this basketball tournament is, with little to choose between Michigan State Spartans, Virginia Cavaliers, Villanova Wildcats and Duke Blue Devils among the favorites. There’s also good support for Purdue Boilermakers, Kansas Jayhawks, North Carolina Tar Heels, Xavier Musketeers and Wichita State Shockers in the markets.
As things currently stand, the Cavaliers hold the #1 ranking in the AP Poll for the first time since December 1982, so they are obvious contenders. Duke Blue Devils certainly can’t be ruled out, with veteran coach Michael “Coach K” Krzyzewski having won five NCAA tournament National Championships with them since his appointment 38 years ago.
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However, led by head coach Jay Wright in his 17th year at the helm, VILLANOVA could be the team to bet. They currently have the top-ranked offense in college basketball, led by Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson, both of whom were on the Wildcats National Championship winning team from two years ago.
The 2018 NCAA Tournament begins on Tuesday 13th March and Wednesday 14th March, with the “First Four” games in Dayton, Ohio.
Following the elimination of four teams, the remaining 64 then embark on a straight knock-out tournament on 15th and 16th March. The second round of 32 will continue through the weekend of 17th and 18th March.
The ‘Sweet 16’ takes place on 22nd and 23rd March, with the ‘Elite Eight’ on 24th and 25th.
The ‘Final Four’ and National Championship will take place in San Antonio on 31st March and 2nd April respectively.