2019 NCAA Tournament dark horses
Which teams with long odds could surprise the College Basketball world next season and win the 2019 NCAA Tournament? Here’s our longshot picks for March Madness.
According to oddsmakers, Duke is the favorite to win it all next season, as the Blue Devils have 6/1 odds. Other short odds to win are Kentucky (7/1), Gonzaga (8/1) and Villanova (8/1). Here’s three teams with longer odds that we think could make a run.
The Ducks aren’t a team you look at to really contend in the national picture often, but Oregon returns it’s top player from last season in Payton Pritchard. He averaged 14.5 points and 4.8 assists per game and will be in contention for Pac-12 Player of the Year. Oregon also brings in one of the top recruiting classes in the country. Rivals has Oregon third in the nation with this class, highlighted by Bol Bol, the son of Manute Bol. They also have Louis King, Will Richardson and Miles Norris. Oregon is going to have talent, they just need to get the pieces in place in time for March.
The mitten state was known for tournament runs by Michigan State and Tom Izzo, but it’s John Beilein and the Wolverines that have taken that over in recent years. Michigan reached the final in 2018 with a mediocre roster, but the Wolverines should be more talented in 2018-19 season. Charles Matthews and Zavier Simpson return to provide some experience and Michigan has a top-10 recruiting class that features some big in-state talent in David DeJulius and Brandon Johns. Beilein also just got a new extension and a pay raise for his staff. Everyone is all-in at Michigan and I think they can make another run in 2019.
Guard play is always important in March and Florida should have some of the best to work with in Jalen Hudson and KeVaughn Allen. Hudson put up 15.5 points per game last season while Allen averaged 11 per contest. Florida has a small recruiting class of just three players, but all are 4-star recruits or better. Andrew Nembhard is the top get, a 5-star guard. They also add Noah Locke and Keyontae Johnson. Florida will need to develop its frontcourt and continue to defend well, but the Gators definitely have potential and could provide a huge payout in next year’s tournament.