March Madness Favorites, Sleepers and Pretenders

When you look at the March Madness odds there will be five teams that stick out as favorites to win the NCAA Championship.  Let’s look at those five teams, a few sleepers who could spoil the party and some teams that are pretenders that you should avoid when filling out your March Madness brackets at Diamond Sportsbook.

March Madness Favorites

March Madness Favorites

Kentucky – The Wildcats are the best team in the country and it may not even be close.  Kentucky has lost just once this season, they have the best player in the country in Anthony Davis and they don’t seem to have any weaknesses.  Almost everyone will have Kentucky going to the Final Four and winning it all and it is hard to argue.

Syracuse – The second ranked team in the country is Syracuse and while they also have just one loss on the season they are a notch below Kentucky. Many people will also pencil them into the Final Four but we just have a feeling they could fall.

North Carolina – Before the season began the Tar Heels were the favorites in March Madness betting.  They had some hiccups this season but they now look like perhaps the only team that can matchup with Kentucky in the frontcourt.

Kansas – The Jayhawks will likely be the other number one seed and while Kansas has played well, we still have doubts.  We can just see Tyshawn Taylor doing something dumb and costing the Jayhawks a chance at the title.

Ohio State – It didn’t look like the Buckeyes were title contenders but the win at Michigan State changed everything.  Ohio State has enough talent to beat anyone in the country and that includes Kentucky.


Missouri loves to run and gun and that style can work in the NCAA Tournament. If the Tigers avoid teams like Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio State they could sneak into the Final Four. Another potential sleeper is Marquette who just finds ways to win on a regular basis. You also can’t count out Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans who have Draymond Green.


The Baylor Bears are ranked in the Top 15 in the country but they look like a fraud.  A first round loss would not be a surprise. While Duke will get a ton of action from people filling out NCAA brackets they are ripe to get upset in the tourney.  The Blue Devils live and die by the three point shot and if they go cold in a game they are done. Another team that everyone loves is Georgetown but the team can’t score. Florida State is another one of those teams that just can’t score. Gonzaga will be a favorite sleeper by some but not here as we put them in the pretender category.

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