It has been a crazy-good topsy-tervy college basketball season. A number of teams during the November and December non-conference schedule appeared to be in March form. A pair of examples are Trae Young’s Oklahoma Sooners, as well, Bobby Hurley’s Arizona State Sun Devils. Both squads were Top-5 clubs at one point this season. Heading into the first round of the “Dance” the Sooners are a No #10 seed, the Devils are an #11 and taking part in a play-in or “First Four” affair against the Syracuse Orange. College Basketball National Championship Line Report (March 11).
Not in recent memory has there been more equality in college basketball. Consequently there are 25 teams one can make a legitimate argument for to win the 2018 title.
Back in December, Oklahoma and Arizona State were two of the hottest teams in the country. Almost every night during the holidays you could find Young discussions at and on most major media outlets. And the Sun Devils of Arizona State took down traditional power Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse and earned a road win over the Xavier Musketeers. Both schools were issued No #1 seeds today.
Oklahoma and Young have now been scouted and are easily defendable. Hence the Sooners have won just two games since the end of January. In addition Arizona State finished Pac-12 play with a pedestrian 8-10 mark. At regular season’s end ASU was eighth in the league standings. Furthermore the Sun Devils lost five of their final six games but the selection committee gave them “get out of jail free” invitation to Dayton and a spot in a First Four affair.
But Arizona State and Syracuse will be in Dayton on Wednesday night. The Sun Devils vs Orange match opened as a pick at William Hill. Oklahoma is a one-point dog versus Rhode Island on Thursday in Pittsburgh.
And for your reading and investment pleasure the entire Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday matchup spreads are outlined below and provided by William Hill of the U.S.
College Basketball National Championship Line Report (March 11)