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NCAA Tournament Picks - March Madness Odds

NCAA Tournament Picks

The South Carolina Gamecocks were once 300 to 1 to win the NCAA Tournament. We thought they had a good price on their heads last week at this time at 50 to 1, and now, they're down to just +600. In a year where the only thing to be expected in the NCAA Tournament is the unexpected, you never know which one of these four teams left standing will ultimately be the one standing at the top of the mountain when it's all said and done with in Glendale.

Gonzaga ( +150 )

The Bulldogs are fantastic. They're now 36-1 and haven't really had to break a tremendous sweat to win the West Region and get into the Final Four. They dominated against Xavier in the Sweet 16 and have taken advantage of a budding star in Johnathan Williams to pick up the slack for Przemek Karnowski. With Nigel Williams-Goss playing a big role in the offense as always and the guard play in general being fantastic, this might very well be the team to beat. The Bulldogs have a relatively easy draw at this point against South Carolina in the Final Four. History is on their side for sure, and we wouldn't be shocked if this is that magical year in Spokane Mark Few has been dreaming of since he started this awesome run of NCAA Tournaments back in 1998.

North Carolina ( +160 )

What more can you say about North Carolina than the fact that it's an awesome team? The Tar Heels have been challenged in this tourney at times, but for the most part, they've really looked like the best team in America. Take the last three minutes or so of the game against Arkansas. UNC looked like it was in a whole mess load of trouble when it was down by three and with the Hogs having all the moment. All Roy Williams' boys did at that point was roll off the last 10 points of the game. They have a tougher draw here against Oregon in the Final Four, and that's why they're not the favorite to win it all, but when push comes to shove, if this team plays in six games, it'll be favored in all six no matter the competition, and there isn't another team in the land that can say that.

Oregon ( +400 )

Teams sometimes take on new identities in March they didn't have over the course of the rest of the season, and we're seeing that with these Ducks. With Chris Boucher in the fold, they were more of a speedy team, running up and down the floor and shooting a lot of shots in transition while ultimately playing a fast and chaotic, yet somehow strangely effective defense. Oregon's advanced stats told a tale of a team that really was fantastic defensively, but it didn't always show on the scoreboard. Now, the Ducks are being a little more methodical, and they've found themselves a superstar in Jordan Bell. He's a rim enforcer at this point, particularly in transition, and that's how he ended up with a tourney-high eight blocks in the Elite Eight win over Kansas.

South Carolina ( +600 )

Not bad for a team that was never better than the third best in the SEC, eh? The Gamecocks have exploded offensively, averaging 82.0 points per game in the dance. We knew they had a stud offensively in Sindarius Thornwell, but we didn't know that the rest of this team had some good shots in them, too. Now, a team that couldn't buy a good offensive game against a tourney team in the regular season has four in a row, and it's a Final Four team with a shot at legitimately winning a National Championship. That said, the odds are stacked against the Gamecocks for sure, as No. 1 seeds often end up prevailing here at this level, particularly against seeds like they have who made great runs to the final weekend of the tourney.