Top 10 College Basketball National Championship Picks for 2017-18It's college basketball time once again, which means March will be here before we know it, and a champion will be crowned. Here's who I'm picking, which is different from ESPN in case you're wondering about that. These teams are just my predictions. Also, keep in mind that it's November, so expect this to be way off in March.
The obvious favorite of the two teams left. If they shoot like they did against Kansas, then you can start making those championship shirts now because this game is over. But I'm expecting a worse shooting day for Nova, so it should be close.
February Update: I still agree here. They will likely be a #1-#2 seed. They could absolutely win it all.
February Update: This team is likely second in the ACC, but I think they can beat anyone in the tournament. I still think they are a good pick.
Duke is loaded with talent, including Trevon Duval, with a returning, more mature Grayson Allen led by Coach K. And they look poised for a championship run.
Welp, not anymore. I guess Grayson Allen's team got tripped up by Kansas. (Sorry, I just had to make one last Grayson Allen tripping joke.)
February Update: I'm actually unsure about this Jayhawks team. This team is so Jekyll and Hyde that I really don't know how they will do. They could beat anyone or be beaten by anyone.
Of course, I think my Jayhawks have a chance. They lost Josh Jackson and Frank Mason, but knowing Bill Self's recruiting skills, they absolutely have a chance. Devonte Graham leads a solid backcourt, and Udoka Azubuike could be a good center.
Now that they got over the Elite Eight hump, I think they can do it. If they can survive Villanova, they should win.
February Update: Okay, Kentucky is somewhat decent, but they are looking at being in the middle of a loaded SEC conference and likely be a 6 seed. This team is nowhere close to championship caliber. I think this team is too young and inexperienced, even with the coaching skills of Calipari.
A very young team, but they had arguably one of the best offseasons recruiting 7 top 100 players. This is an extremely young team, even by Kentucky standards. We've seen young talent succeed before. With Calipari, Kentucky is always good.
They lost to the Tar Heels in the championship last year. We've seen losers come back to win it the next year before. Can Gonzaga pull it off?
RIP Michigan. Came up short of Nova in the championship game. Still a good season.
I think they have a good chance.
February Update: Another pick that I somewhat agree with. Sparty is likely the Big 10 regular season champion. They have won 11 straight games, so they are getting into a groove at the right time.
February Update: I feel like Arizona is still a good pick. They are looking to be PAC 12 regular season champions and likely a 3 seed. They are definitely a team to watch. However, they do have a lot of drama at the moment with Trier being ineligible due to a team violation, and Sean Miller facing the FBI over a recruiting scandal involving Deandre Ayton. So, depending on how that plays out, they might be in trouble down the stretch if they are without their head coach for multiple games.
February Update: Honestly, I disagree with West Virginia now. They have lost several games and are trending downward. I expect a 4-5 seed. They are an Elite Eight team at best. They are aggressive, but they are too aggressive, as seen against Kansas where they lost by letting the Jayhawks shoot 35 total free throws.
Press Virginia is an undeniably aggressive team. Jevon Carter leads a great team with talent on offense and defense.
A bit obscure, but a move to the American Conference really helps the Shockers. They now have the resume they lacked before. Definitely a team to watch. Gregg Marshall has done a phenomenal job turning the program around.
A good team, in all honesty. They have potential; however, being defending champions, they have to overcome a hangover though.
They have made some noise in the tournament before. You just never know with Wisconsin. They could surprise us all.
February Update: Why the hell are they ranked #9? They are 14-16 and not even going to make the tournament!
One of three unbeaten teams left. Definitely a team to watch.
February Update: I kind of agree with Cincinnati; however, they could lose to someone like Xavier or Wichita State. They have also had some really close wins against teams they should have beaten by a lot. I don't know if they are a national championship team or even a Final Four team.
They are the favorite to win the American Conference. Who knows? They're bound to be good.
If they can make it to the Final Four, they have a chance.