Ok, enough NFL talk — the 2018 NCAA Tournament is finally here. Not the First Four, we’re talking about the real March Madness, which is the second-biggest sporting event in the country behind only the Super Bowl. The next four days will be epic as always, no doubt about that. Wherever you are, you’ll either be watching the games or frantically following scores if you have action on them.
So what’s going to happen, you may ask. I honestly have no idea. That’s the fun of March Madness. Throwing random parlays and straight bets together on 32 games over the next two days, and then doing it all over again with 16 new matchups the following 48 hours.
In the first game on Thursday, we get to see if freshman phenom Trae Young and the Oklahoma Sooners can make good on their second chance in the second season known as the Big Dance. It could be Young’s very last game at Oklahoma before he heads to the NBA, or it could be the start of something special for the Sooners, who will likely have a landmine of opponents waiting for them in the Midwest Region if they survive their opener. My best guess is that the Rhode Island Rams will end Young’s college career.
Later in the day, top seeds will take the court in the Midwest and East Regions, as the Villanova Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks begin what they hope will be long runs in the tournament. The Wildcats remain the overall favorites to cut down the nets while the Jayhawks may be the most underrated No. 1 seed not named the Xavier Musketeers. Kansas will have an interesting matchup with the Ivy League champion Penn Quakers right away and may or may not have center Udoka Azubuike available due to a knee injury.
As for betting tips on the first day, all I can say is give yourself a bankroll budget, and stick to it. Don’t blow a majority of your money on the first 16 games when there are still 32 to go over the next three days (yes, I had to do the math there). BangTheBook.com also has lots of valuable info worth wagering on, so check back often to see what’s new and best of luck to you!