Welcome to one of the best days of the year — and I am not referring to St. Patrick’s Day. The first day of the 2022 NCAA Tournament is here, and in what is sure to be a crazy weekend filled with basketball, let’s use Day 1 to lock in a National Champion future and a side that has a ton of value. Betting March Madness is most definitely a marathon and not a sprint, and thus make sure you put your focus on certain bets rather than attempting to bet every game. This year’s NCAA Tournament feels as wide open as ever, but in reality there are only about 10 teams that truly have a shot at winning the NCAA Tournament Championship. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the best college basketball picks today — a National Champion future bet that will hold tremendous value in a couple of weeks and a March Madness upset special for Round 1.
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College Basketball Picks: 2022 March Madness
Who Will Win March Madness: Kansas
Kansas is coming into the tournament fresh off of their Big 12 conference championship. Sitting as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest portion of the bracket, the Jayhawks have a very reasonable path to the Final Four and should be favorites in each game along the way. Kansas has a roster that combines a perfect mix of capable guards and highly skilled bigs, and that goes a long way in March. The starting five is loaded, and they have a blossoming star in Ochai Agbaji who is destined to show up in big-time moments. Pairing a star with reliable guards like Remy Martin and Christian Braun who can facilitate play is important in Marc, as every matchup presents a different challenge that this Kansas roster will be up for.
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Although the guard play is very strong, the Kansas forwards will give them the best mismatches against lower seeds. The duo of Jalen Wilson and David McCormack will provide Kansas with a dominant paint presence, both offensively and defensively. Although Bill Self has some disappointments in his coaching career, he has three Final Four appearances and has been molding this team all season to peak at the right time, and that is exactly what they are doing. OddsShopper shows Kansas +1100 to win the title, and although that is not a huge number, it will end up providing strong value as the tournament progresses.
Best College Basketball Pick Today: Kansas to win the National Championship (+1100-FanDuel)
March Madness Upset Pick Today: Vermont
As far as the first day of the tournament goes, the bet to focus in on comes from the Arkansas – Vermont game that tips at 9:20 p.m. EST in Buffalo, New York. This game currently features a spread of Arkansas -5 and carries an over/under coming in at 139. The first day of the tournament always has upsets, and although Vermont may not get it done on the moneyline, getting 5 points is a gift. They may not usually be featured nationally, but Vermont has quietly put together a tremendous season and they have a strong recipe for making this upset happen. This team can really shoot the ball, and if they can get a strong performance out of American East Player of the Year Ryan Davis, they should be able to at the very least keep this game close throughout. Vermont is a veteran team that has the talent and composure to compete against a superior opponent and force the Razorbacks into playing a Vermont style of game. In what should be a tremendous day of basketball, take Vermont +5 (-110) to finish off the Thursday slate.
Best College Basketball Pick Today: Vermont +5 (-110)
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