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2023 March Madness futures: Odds, picks, predictions

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It’s officially January, less than a month away from the conference tournament season, and two months away from crowning a national champion. college basketball.

Traditional bluebloods Duke, North Carolina, and Kentucky have all had poor seasons, while traditional powers Gonzaga and Michigan are significantly less dangerous than most years. This opened the door wide for him, one of college basketball’s non-traditional forces, to grab a shot at Storybook his run.

Among our favorites, dark horses and longshots, here are our favorite title bets to make at FanDuel.



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Alabama (10/1)

I have long been a big fan of what Nate Oates is building in Tuscaloosa. This year’s group feels like the most idealized version of Coach’s vision for his Crimson His Tide.

Alabama imposes its will and breakneck pace on opposing teams. Ranked No. 2 in the nation in tempo, boasting top 20 efficiency in offense and defense, and controlling his line with his 3 points on both ends. The formula works almost perfectly, as the Crimson Tide won 19 of their 22 games despite having one of the ten toughest schedules in the country.


Brandon Miller
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It helps that freshman Brandon Miller has emerged as one of the best players in the country and a shooter barely unstoppable for his size (6-foot-9). He’s the type of scoring threat that can take a team deep into the tournament, which is to be expected for a team in Alabama ready for his second top-two seed in three years. This time around, it could spell a title run.

Connecticut (35/1)

There are many things to criticize about Huskies. So far, his 6-6 conference record.

Connecticut is one of only six teams in the nation with offenses and defenses ranked in the top 20 by adjusted efficiency. He also ranks among the top 15 in opponent assist percentage (40.9%), 3-point percentage (28.4%), and 3-point percentage (29.3%).

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Randy Bennett
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The fact that this team is also dominant on the offensive board, weathered by a tricky Big East schedule, makes this team particularly attractive in March, even if wins and losses don’t paint the same picture. . It’s risky, but at this price it’s well worth the effort.

St. Mary’s (50/1)

Who doesn’t like long-shot betting? Sure, mid-majors have never won it all, but St. playing.

Gales ranks 7th in the top 5 defenses and 5th slowest tempo-adjusted efficiency in the nation. It’s the punitive combo that led Virginia to her 2019 national title. Forces opponents to hit tough shots on nearly every possession.

This is not stupid money either. Gales nearly upset championship favorites Houston with his 53-48 loss at Fort Worth, Texas in December. With Gonzaga being less threatening than usual, it feels like an ideal chance for Randy Bennett’s crew to get a high seed and take on the role of the looming mid-major titan.

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