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March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament? 

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Updated March 19, 2019 1.7k votes 425 voters 7.1k views 64 items

List Rules Vote up teams most likely to win the 2018 NCAA Tournament

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Make your 2019 March Madness predictions here!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! March Madness is the time where hardcore and casual sports fans alike can bond over filling out 2018 March Madness brackets and bragging about alma maters. This list consists of all of the most likely NCAA tournament participants, including starting lineups for each team. The question at hand is, "who will win the 2018 NCAA tournament?" Vote for the best college basketball teams or vote for the top teams in their respective conferences.

On this list, which also includes each team's starting 5, you'll find perennial powerhouses such as the Kansas Jayhawks, Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina Tar Heels, Michigan State Spartans, Kentucky Wildcats, and Arizona Wildcats. Small basketball teams hoping to pull off a string of huge upsets would be the Nevada Wolf Pack, TCU Horned Frogs, St. Bonaventure Bonnies, and Vermont Catamounts.

Whether you prefer to fill out your March Madness brackets by doing heavy research or by flipping a coin, have fun choosing the winner and Final Four of the 2018 NCAA tournament. After you are finished, head on over and check out this list of March Madness facts you've never heard before. This updated bracket will show which teams are eliminated and which schools are still in the Big Dance, so make sure to come back and check after every round! 

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Duke Blue Devils men's b... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #1 Durham, Atlantic Coast Conference

Arena: Cameron Indoor Stadium

Championships: 2001 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 1992 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 1991 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

Mascot: Blue Devil

Colors: White, Duke blue

Lost to Kansas in Elite 8

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Villanova Wildcats men's... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
Villanova, Big East Conference

Arena: The Pavilion

Championships: 1985 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

Mascot: Will D. Cat

Colors: Sky Blue, White, Blue

2018 NCAA Champions!

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Michigan State Spartans ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #3 East Lansing, Big Ten Conference

Arena: Breslin Student Events Center

Championships: 2000 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

Mascot: Sparty

Colors: Green, White

Lost to Syracuse in 2nd Round

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North Carolina Tar Heels... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #6 Chapel Hill, Atlantic Coast Conference

Arena: Dean Smith Center

Championships: 2005 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 1993 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 1957 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 1982 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

Mascot: Rameses

Colors: White, Carolina Blue

Lost to Texas A&M in 2nd Round

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Gonzaga Bulldogs men's b... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #10 Spokane, West Coast Conference

Arena: McCarthey Athletic Center

Mascot: Spike the Bulldog

Colors: White, Blue

Lost to Florida State in Sweet 16

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Arizona Wildcats men's b... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #7 Tucson, Pacific-12 Conference

Arena: McKale Center

Championships: 1997 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

Mascot: Wilma Wildcat, Wilmer Wildcat

Colors: Cardinal, Navy Blue

Lost to Buffalo in 1st Round

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Kansas Jayhawks Men's Ba... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
Lawrence, Big 12 Conference

Arena: Allen Fieldhouse

Championships: 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 1988 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 1952 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

Mascot: Baby Jay, The Jayhawk

Colors: Crimson, Blue

Lost to Villanova in Final Four

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Virginia Cavaliers men's... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #10

Arena: John Paul Jones Arena

Lost to UMBC in 1st Round

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Xavier Musketeers men's ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #12 Cincinnati, Atlantic Ten Conference

Arena: Cintas Center

Colors: White, Blue

Lost to Florida State in 2nd Round

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Michigan Wolverines men'... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
Ann Arbor, Big Ten Conference

Arena: Crisler Arena

Championships: 1989 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

Colors: Blue, Maize

Lost to Villanova in Championship Game

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Purdue Boilermakers men'... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #17 West Lafayette, Big Ten Conference

Arena: Mackey Arena

Mascot: Boilermaker Special

Colors: Black, Old Gold

Lost to Texas Tech in Sweet 16

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Cincinnati Bearcats men'... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #15 Cincinnati, Big East Conference

Championships: 1961 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 1962 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

Lost to Nevada in 2nd Round

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Kentucky Wildcats men's ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #19 Lexington, Southeastern Conference

Arena: Rupp Arena

Championships: 1998 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 1978 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 1958 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 1949 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, + more

Colors: White, Blue

Lost to Kansas State in Sweet 16

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Wichita State Shockers m... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #16

Lost to Marshall in 1st Round

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Ohio State University is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #18

Lost to Gonzaga in 2nd Round

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Oklahoma Sooners men's b... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #34 Norman, Big 12 Conference

Arena: Lloyd Noble Center

Mascot: Sooner Schooner

Colors: Crimson, Cream

Lost to Rhode Island in 1st Round 

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Auburn Tigers men's bask... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #18

Lost to Clemson in 2nd Round

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Houston Cougars men's ba... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #20

Lost to Michigan in 2nd Round

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Tennessee Volunteers bas... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #21 Knoxville, Southeastern Conference

Arena: Thompson-Boling Arena

Mascot: Smokey

Colors: Orange, White

Lost to Loyola-Chicago in 2nd Round

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Florida Gators men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #23 Gainesville, Southeastern Conference

Championships: 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

Lost to Texas Tech in 2nd Round

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West Virginia Mountainee... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #27 Morgantown, Big East Conference

Arena: WVU Coliseum

Mascot: The Mountaineer

Colors: Blue, Old Gold

Lost to Virginia in Sweet 16

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Clemson Tigers men's bas... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #31 Clemson, Atlantic Coast Conference

Arena: Littlejohn Coliseum

Mascot: The Tiger Cub, The Tiger

Colors: Purple, Burnt Orange

Lost to Kansas in Sweet 16

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Butler Bulldogs men's ba... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #25 Indianapolis, Horizon League

Arena: Hinkle Fieldhouse

Mascot: Butler Blue II

Colors: White, Blue

Lost to Purdue in 2nd Round

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Rhode Island Rams men's ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
voting closed at #27

Division: Division I (NCAA)

Arena: Ryan Center

Colors: White, Blue

Lost to Duke in 2nd Round

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Loyola Ramblers men's ba... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
Chicago, Horizon League

Division: Division I (NCAA)

Arena: Joseph J. Gentile Center

Championships: 1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

Mascot: LU Wolf

Colors: Maroon, Gold, Black

Lost to Michigan in Final Four