March Madness 2019: Top 10 NCAAB Favorites
The Big Dance is just around the corner. At this point of the season, the top dogs in college basketball scene have separated themselves from the dark horses and the longshots to win the national tournament. Let’s have a look at some of these teams below in this March Madness Guide edition.
1. Duke Blue Devils (23-2)
There’s a lot of reasons why Duke is atop the list of NCAAB top 10 favorites. One of them is Zion Williamson, who looks more like a lock for the first selection in the NBA draft. The crazy thing is that his teammate RJ Barrett might get selected second overall. That’s how talented Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils are this year.
2. Virginia Cavaliers (22-2)
Last year, Virginia was the No. 1 seed in the entire NCAA, but they infamously crashed and burned. The Cavaliers were without De’Andre Hunter and lost to No. 16 UMBC Retrievers. This year, they’ll be at full strength and looking to take care of unfinished business.
3. Gonzaga Bulldogs (25-2)
Gonzaga has run roughshod through the West Coast Conference all year. The Zags have defeated WCC opponents by an average of 28 points and are in the midst of an epic win streak. Japanese forward Rui Hachimura presents nightmare matchups for the opposition. If Hachimura keeps up his difference-making play, Gonzaga will be dangerous this March. Gonzaga is that unique mid-major team that is considered as among the top 10 favorites in March Madness 2019.
4. Tennessee Volunteers (23-2)
The Vols have been tested all year in the SEC. And now Admiral Schofield is heating up just in time for the tournament. Tennessee is definitely eager to erase the memories of last year’s second round exit. Look for them to come out strong in the early rounds.
5. Houston Cougars (25-1)
The Cougars have not gotten much love in the polls all year. Houston started the season as a rather unheralded team and didn’t even crack the top 25 until mid-December. But the team will be tough to deal with in the tournament. Houston gets great guard play from juniors Corey Davis Jr. and Armoni Brooks. But watch out for sophomore Dejon Jarreau to add to his minutes and have a bigger impact.
6. Kentucky Wildcats (21-4)
The Wildcats of Kentucky are always in the mix this time of the year. John Calipari’s squad has improved all year and now they are surging at the right time. PJ Washington has been making his case for a spot on the All-American team as the Wildcats have been heating up. Kentucky will be successful if they continue to build off their convincing victory against top-seeded Tennessee.
7. Michigan Wolverines (23-3)
Ignas “Iggy” Brazdeikis is leading the Wolverines in scoring as a freshman. This is a rare feat and puts him in elite company. He may be on his way to the NBA this year, but for now, he’s one of the top power forwards in the nation. The star swingman provides Michigan a shot to beat anyone.
8. North Carolina Tar Heels (20-5)
Coach Roy Williams always has his Tar Heels ready to go. UNC’s talented freshman Coby White has steadily improved all season and came on strong to close out the non-conference schedule. White could emerge as a true superstar for the Tar Heels, who are among the NCAAB top 10 favori tes, in this year’s tournament.
9. Villanova Wildcats (20-6)
Villanova lost four players to the NBA after taking the NCAA title last year. Still, the Wildcats have professional level talent in Eric Paschall and a bunch of returning champions who know how to get the job done. Although outside the top ten nationally, look for Nova to do some damage in the big tournament.
10. Michigan State Spartans (21-5)
With shooting guard Joshua Langford sidelined with an injury, the team is on the periphery of the top contenders. Tom Izzo’s Spartans are usually a menace in March and should never be taken lightly.
There are 64 teams duking it out in the National Tournament, but the champion is likely to come from these group of March Madness top 10 favorites. Keep visiting Nitrogen Sports Blog for March Madness 2019 regular updates!
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