2018 March Madness Props That Won’t be Busted After Day 1
The NCAA Tournament is arguably the pinnacle of the sports calendar. The thrill of the upsets and buzzer-beaters takes over the entire sporting community for the month of March. But the tournament almost certainly comes with a side of torment and agony, specifically after the first two rounds when your bracket begins to resemble a dumpster fire.
This year, instead of re-entering in one of those lame “do-over” brackets that just don’t feel right, turn to our fun March Madness Props for each round. We promise they’ll help you forget about three of your Final Four teams being eliminated before the Sweet 16 …
National Championship Props
Which fan favorite from the 2018 NCAA Tournament will be mentioned first during the National Championship broadcast: the no. 16 UMBC Retrievers, who became the first 16-seed to beat a no. 1 (Virginia); or the no. 11 Loyola Ramblers’ good luck charm, Sister Jean?
Will Villanova’s success from behind the arc continue against a very strong defense in Michigan? Will Mo Wagner have to shoulder the Wolverines again?
That’s an example of the mixture of fun and serious props you’ll find in our printable National Championship props sheet.
Final Four March Madness Props
Can Sister Jean and the Loyola Ramblers keep the magic going and advance to the National Championship? Speaking of Sister Jean, how many times will she be shown on camera during the broadcast?
Will we see the Sweet 16 version of Mo Wagner, or this other much less effective Wagner we’ve met the rest of the tournament?
When the two remaining no. 1 seeds clash, we’ll see a barrage of three-point shots. Which team will convert more from downtown: Kansas or Villanova? These are a few examples of the questions within our Final Four props.
Sweet 16 and Elite 8 March Madness Props
The Nevada Wolf Pack, the no. 7 seed from the South, have been one of the best stories of the tournament. It wasn’t enough for Eric Musselman’s squad to dig themselves out of a 14-point second-half deficit against no. 10 Texas in the Round of 64, but felt the need to follow it by climbing out of a 22-point hole to no. 2 Cincinnati with just over 11 minutes left in their Round of 32 matchup – the second-largest combeack in tournament history. Will the Wolf Pack find themselves trailing late again to the Loyola Ramblers in the Sweet 16?
With the enormous upset of no. 16 UMBC over no. 1 Virginia, and Florida State’s revenge on no. 1 Xavier, only two 1-seeds remain in the tournament. Will Kansas (Midwest) and Villanova (East) be able to advance to the Final Four?
Michigan’s improbable buzzer-beater to beat Houston in the Second Round will go down as one of the all-time shots in March Madness history. Adding to the madness of the event, it was freshman Jordan Poole who stepped up and made the shot for the Wolverines, as Mo Wagner continued to struggle asserting himself in the offense. The junior has just 17 points in the tournament thus far. Will he wake up against no. 7 Texas A&M?
Those are just a few questions you’ll face in our Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Props.
Answers for Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Props
- OVER – The top seeds from the East (Villanova) and Midwest (Kansas) both emerged from their respective regions.
- OVER – No. 11 Loyola advanced to the Elite 8.
- OVER – Loyola then beat Kansas State, becoming the fourth 11-seed to make the Final Four since the tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1985 (Louisiana State in 1986, George Mason in 2006, and VCU in 2011 are the others).
- UNDER – Though Duke came out with the win against Syracuse, the 2-3 zone held the Blue Devils to 69 points.
- OVER – Jevon Carter recorded four steals against Villanova.
- UNDER – No games went to overtime in the Sweet 16.
- OVER – Duke and Florida State represented the ACC well in the Sweet 16, both advancing to the Elite 8.
- “ONE” – Kansas is the only Big 12 team left standing in the Final Four.
- MARVIN BAGLEY III – The freshman scored 22 against Syracuse in the Sweet 16. The other three named (Mikal Bridges, Devonte’ Graham, and Keenan Evans) each had 16 points.
- SEC – Kentucky and Texas A&M both lost in the Sweet 16, eliminating the SEC from the tournament.
- YES – Loyola has made all mid-majors proud, advancing to the Final Four out of the Missouri Valley Conference.
- OVER – Mo Wagner finally came alive in the Sweet 16, scoring 21 against the Aggies.
- NO – In very un-Nevada fashion, the Wolf Pack were actually right in their Sweet 16 game vs Loyola basically the entire way. Eric Musselman’s squad couldn’t keep the magic alive, though.
- NO – This was a gimme. Has Bob Huggins ever coached in anything that’s some sort of West Virginia zip up?
- NO – Grayson Allen and Marvin Bagley III came close to ending their Elite 8 game against Kansas at the buzzer, but the shot wouldn’t fall.
Tiebreaker: the largest margin of victory in the Sweet 16 was 27 points – Michigan over Texas A&M.
First and Second Round March Madness Props
One of the most widely discussed stories surrounding this year’s NCAA Tournament is the inclusion of Trae Young and the 18-13 Oklahoma Sooners, who were bounced in the first-round of the Big 12 Tournament, and have taken an L in 11 of their last 15 games. Oklahoma was awarded a no. 10 seed in the Midwest region, and draw no. 7 Rhode Island in the Round of 64. Can Young (27.4 PPG) regain his early-season magic and drop more than 27 on the Rams?
The ACC is the conference sending the most teams to the Big Dance with nine participants:
- No. 1 Virginia (South)
- No. 2 UNC (West)
- No. 2 Duke (Midwest)
- No. 5 Clemson (Midwest)
- No. 6 Miami (South)
- No. 8 Virginia Tech (East)
- No. 9 NC State (Midwest)
- No. 9 Florida State (West)
- No. 11 Syracuse (Midwest)
But how many will be left standing come the Sweet 16? Virginia, North Carolina, and Duke all look like good bets, but Clemson would have a tough game against Auburn in the Round of 32, barring an upset in the First Round, and Miami faces Loyalo-Chicago in the First Round, who has been identified as one of this year’s potential Cinderellas. It’s very possible the ACC sees more than half of their teams bounced in the first weekend.
Those are just a couple of the questions you’ll face in our 2018 March Madness First and Second Round Props.
Answers for First and Second Round Props
- UNDER – Villanova and Kansas are the only two no. 1 seeds remaining, after Xavier fell to no. 9 Florida State in the Second Round and Virginia infamously lost to no. 16 UMBC.
- UNDER – Duke, Clemson, Florida State, and Syracuse are the four remaining.
- OVER – UMBC won as a no. 16 seed.
- UNDER – Two no. 11 seeds made it to the Sweet 16 (Syracuse and Loyola-Chicago), which is the highest seed to advance.
- UNDER – Michigan was the only team to win in true buzzer-beater fashion. Loyola hit their shot with a few milliseconds left on the clock.
- UNDER – Butler was the only no. 10 seed to advance in the First Round.
- OVER – Syracuse and Loyola-Chicago made it through the First Round as 11-seeds.
- UNDER – Not a single no. 12 seed advanced in the First Round this year.
- UNDER – Only three mid-majors made the Sweet 16 (Gonzaga, Nevada, and Loyola-Chicago)
- UNDER – Surprisingly, Grayson Allen kept it clean.
- OVER – Mikal and Miles Bridges (no relation) combined for 76 points in the first two rounds.
- PAC-12 – They only entered the tournament with three teams (Arizona, Arizona State, and UCLA), and none managed to win a single game.
- OVER – This one just hit over, as Trae Young scored 28 points in Oklahoma’s lone tournament game.
- NO – Even though a 16-seed did win, the question was, “would a no. 16 lose by single-digits”. Tough break for the “YES” voters.
Tiebreaker: the largest margin of victory in the First Round was 26 points – three teams did it (Villanova, Tennessee, and Purdue).
If you haven’t filled out your bracket yet, here’s our Printable 2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket.