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March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?

Updated March 19, 2019 3.6k votes 425 voters 7.1k views64 items

List RulesVote 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! 

  • 1
    Duke Blue Devils is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
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    38

    Duke Blue Devils

    Atlantic Coast Conference

    LocationDurham

    ArenaCameron Indoor Stadium

    Championships2001 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

    MascotBlue Devil

    ColorsWhite, Duke blue

    Lost to Kansas in Elite 8

  • 2
    Michigan State Spartans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    140
    24

    Michigan State Spartans

    Big Ten Conference

    LocationEast Lansing

    ArenaBreslin Student Events Center

    Championships2000 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

    MascotSparty

    ColorsGreen, White

    Lost to Syracuse in 2nd Round

  • 3
    Villanova Wildcats is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    244
    128

    Villanova Wildcats

    Big East Conference

    LocationVillanova

    ArenaThe Pavilion

    Championships1985 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

    MascotWill D. Cat

    ColorsSky Blue, White, Blue

    2018 NCAA Champions!

  • 4
    North Carolina Tar Heels is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    119
    41

    North Carolina Tar Heels

    Atlantic Coast Conference

    LocationChapel Hill

    ArenaDean Smith Center

    Championships2005 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

    MascotRameses

    ColorsWhite, Carolina Blue

    Lost to Texas A&M in 2nd Round

  • 5
    Virginia Cavaliers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    80
    17

    Virginia Cavaliers

    Atlantic Coast Conference

    ArenaJohn Paul Jones Arena

    Lost to UMBC in 1st Round

  • 6
    Gonzaga Bulldogs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    104
    37

    Gonzaga Bulldogs

    West Coast Conference

    LocationSpokane

    ArenaMcCarthey Athletic Center

    MascotSpike the Bulldog

    ColorsWhite, Blue

    Lost to Florida State in Sweet 16

  • 7
    Arizona is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    73
    15

    Arizona

    Pacific-12 Conference

    LocationTucson

    ArenaMcKale Center

    Championships1997 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

    MascotWilma Wildcat, Wilmer Wildcat

    ColorsCardinal, Navy Blue

    Lost to Buffalo in 1st Round

  • 8
    Xavier Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    85
    28

    Xavier Musketeers

    Atlantic Ten Conference

    LocationCincinnati

    ArenaCintas Center

    ColorsWhite, Blue

    Lost to Florida State in 2nd Round

  • 9
    Kansas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
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    81

    Kansas

    Big 12 Conference

    LocationLawrence

    ArenaAllen Fieldhouse

    Championships2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 1988 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 1952 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

    MascotBaby Jay, The Jayhawk

    ColorsCrimson, Blue

    Lost to Villanova in Final Four

  • 10
    Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    61
    19

    Cincinnati

    Big East Conference

    LocationCincinnati

    Championships1961 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 1962 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

    Lost to Nevada in 2nd Round

  • 11
    Purdue Boilermakers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    77
    34

    Purdue Boilermakers

    Big Ten Conference

    LocationWest Lafayette

    ArenaMackey Arena

    MascotBoilermaker Special

    ColorsBlack, Old Gold

    Lost to Texas Tech in Sweet 16

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    Michigan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    112
    65

    Michigan

    Big Ten Conference

    LocationAnn Arbor

    ArenaCrisler Arena

    Championships1989 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

    ColorsBlue, Maize

    Lost to Villanova in Championship Game

  • 13
    Wichita State Shockers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    50
    10

    Wichita State Shockers

    American Athletic Conference

    Lost to Marshall in 1st Round

  • 14
    Kentucky is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    74
    36

    Kentucky

    Southeastern Conference

    LocationLexington

    ArenaRupp Arena

    Championships1998 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

    ColorsWhite, Blue

    Lost to Kansas State in Sweet 16

  • 15
    Oklahoma is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    42
    8

    Oklahoma

    Big 12 Conference

    LocationNorman

    ArenaLloyd Noble Center

    MascotSooner Schooner

    ColorsCrimson, Cream

    Lost to Rhode Island in 1st Round 

  • 16
    Ohio State University is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    50
    16

    Ohio State University

    Big Ten Conference

    Lost to Gonzaga in 2nd Round

  • 17
    Auburn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    46
    18

    Auburn

    Southeastern Conference

    Lost to Clemson in 2nd Round

  • 18
    Florida is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    41
    14

    Florida

    Southeastern Conference

    LocationGainesville

    Championships2007 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 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    53
    27

    West Virginia

    Big 12 Conference

    LocationMorgantown

    ArenaWVU Coliseum

    MascotThe Mountaineer

    ColorsBlue, Old Gold

    Lost to Virginia in Sweet 16

  • 20
    Houston is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    40
    15

    Houston

    American Athletic Conference

    Lost to Michigan in 2nd Round

  • 21
    Tennessee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    36
    13

    Tennessee

    Southeastern Conference

    LocationKnoxville

    ArenaThompson-Boling Arena

    MascotSmokey

    ColorsOrange, White

    Lost to Loyola-Chicago in 2nd Round

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    Loyola-Chicago is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    50
    28

    Loyola-Chicago

    Missouri Valley Conference

    LocationChicago

    DivisionDivision I (NCAA)

    ArenaJoseph J. Gentile Center

    Championships1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

    MascotLU Wolf

    ColorsMaroon, Gold, Black

    Lost to Michigan in Final Four

  • 23
    Clemson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    45
    27

    Clemson

    Atlantic Coast Conference

    LocationClemson

    ArenaLittlejohn Coliseum

    MascotThe Tiger Cub, The Tiger

    ColorsPurple, Burnt Orange

    Lost to Kansas in Sweet 16

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    Nevada is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    37
    19

    Nevada

    Mountain West Conference

    Lost to Loyola Chicago in Sweet 16

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    Texas Tech is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list March Madness: Who Will Win the 2018 NCAA Tournament?
    36
    20

    Texas Tech

    Big 12 Conference

    Lost to Villanova in Elite 8

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