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2023 March Madness Favorites, Dark Horses & Smart Picks

By Hank Blaine

2023 NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament odds to win show the Houston Cougars, the Alabama Crimson Tide, and the Kansas Jayhawks as favorites. The second-tier includes teams like the Purdue Boilermakers, the Arizona Wildcats, and the UCLA Bruins. Are any of those teams worth backing to win the title? See below for more info on the three favorites, three terrific dark horses, and three smart plays to win the 2022 March Madness Tournament.

A Closer Look at the 2023 March Madness Favorites, Dark Horses and Smart Picks

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2023 March Madness Betting Favorites

Houston Cougars

  • 2023 March Madness Odds: +473

Memphis upset Houston in the AAC Conference Tournament final. Still, it was only the Cougars’ third loss of the season. Houston is a solid overall favorite to win the title. If you believe, know that the +550 odds are fair.

Alabama Crimson Tide

  • 2023 March Madness Odds: +750

Maybe it’s because the Selection Committee doesn’t believe Brandon Miller should be playing. In any case, Alabama landed in a loaded bracket. 4-Virginia, 3-Baylor, and 2-Arizona are capable of upsetting the Tide. So at +800 odds, Bama is an underlay.

Kansas Jayhawks

  • 2023 March Madness Odds: +900

Kansas lost 2-of-4 games. Both losses came against the Texas Longhorns. Throw out those losses and the defending champs roll into the NCAA Tournament. For sure, Rock Chalk can repeat. Repeating as NCAA titlists almost never happens, though. So like Bama, Kansas is an underlay.

2023 March Madness Betting Dark Horses

Marquette Golden Eagles

  • 2023 March Madness Odds: +2095

Marquette was the Big East’s best team this season. Also, the Golden Eagles have an easier path to the East Regional Final than 1-seed Purdue because Marquette won’t have to play Duke early. The Golden Eagles are plenty good enough to win the NCAA Tournament.

Duke Blue Devils

  • 2023 March Madness Odds: +3130

Speaking of Duke, the Blue Devils enter the NCAA Tournament the hottest team in the nation. Duke is on a 9-game winning streak. The ACC Tournament winners are playing lights out and got a favorable draw where their second round opponent will be either reeling 4-Tennessee or 13-UL-Lafayette.

Texas A&M Aggies

  • 2023 March Madness Odds: +5000

No way the SEC Tournament runners-up should be at 50-to-1 odds. Texas A&M went 12-3 in their final 15 games. The Aggies lost the SEC Tournament Final, but the game was against Alabama. A&M beat Alabama earlier in the season.

2023 March Madness Betting Smart Picks

Arizona Wildcats

  • 2023 March Madness Odds: +1685

The Pac-12 Tournament winners got a decent draw. For sure, it won’t be easy for Zona to beat Baylor, but if the Wildcats get by the Bears, they can handle Virginia, Alabama or any other team they face in the Elite Eight.

Gonzaga Bulldogs

  • 2023 March Madness Odds: +1600

Gonzaga is peaking at the right time. The Zags enter the tournament on a 9-game winning streak and winners of 12-of-13. Ah, but the Zags have beaten suspect competition. That’s for sure. Still, Gonzaga beat Alabama earlier in the season. At +1800, the Zags are an overlay.

Baylor Bears

  • 2023 March Madness Odds: +2105

It won’t be easy for Baylor to get by Arizona. If the Bears do beat Zona, though, for sure they can beat Virginia or Alabama. Also, Baylor offers overlay odds to win it all. Scott Drew’s team has a much better shot than +1800.

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