2018 NBA Mock Draft – April 3, 2018

With the college basketball season over and the NBA regular season concluding in just over a week, it’s time to look toward the NBA Draft. Who will be a 2018 Lottery pick? Who will win the Tankathon (I used Tankathon’s generator to determine the draft lottery order) and grab the top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

*not all players listed below have declared for the draft

Here’s my 2018 NBA Mock Draft as of April 3, 2018:

1 – Orlando Magic – DeAndre Ayton (C – Arizona)

2 – Memphis Grizzlies – Marvin Bagley (PF – Duke)

3 – Atlanta Hawks – Luka Doncic (SG – Slovenia)

4 – Phoenix Suns – Jaren Jackson Jr. (PF – Michigan State)

5 – Dallas Mavericks – Mohamed Bamba (C – Texas)

6 – Sacramento Kings – Michael Porter (SF – Missouri)

7 – Cleveland Cavaliers (via Brooklyn Nets) – Trae Young (PG – Oklahoma)

8 – Chicago Bulls – Collin Sexton (PG – Alabama)

9 – New York Knicks – Wendell Carter (PF – Duke)

10 – Philadelphia 76ers (via Los Angeles Lakers) – Mikal Bridges (SF – Villanova)

11 – Charlotte Hornets – Miles Bridges (SF – Michigan State)

12 – Los Angeles Clippers (via Detroit Pistons) – Kevin Knox (SF – Kentucky)

13 – Los Angeles Clippers – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG – Kentucky)

14 – Denver Nuggets – Gary Trent Jr. (SG – Duke)

15 – Phoenix Suns (via Miami Heat) – Khyri Thomas (PG – Creighton)

16 – Phoenix Suns (via Milwaukee Bucks) – Lonnie Walker (SG – Miami)

17 – Washington Wizards – Jontay Porter (PF – Missouri)

18 – Chicago Bulls (via New Orleans Pelicans) – Zhaire Smith (SG – Texas Tech)

19 – Atlanta Hawks (via Minnesota Timberwolves) – Dzanan Musa (SF – Bosnia & Herzegovina)

20 – Utah Jazz – Jalen Brunson (PG – Villanova)

21 – Minnesota Timberwolves (via Oklahoma City Thunder) – Shake Milton (SG – SMU)

22 – San Antonio Spurs – Caleb Martin (SG – Nevada)

23 – Indiana Pacers – Robert Williams (PF – Texas A&M)

24 – Philadelphia 76ers – Aaron Holiday (PG – UCLA)

25 – Los Angeles Lakers (via Cleveland Cavaliers) – Daniel Gafford (C – Arkansas)

26 – Portland Trail Blazers – Troy Brown (SG – Oregon)

27 – Boston Celtics – Chandler Hutchison (SF – Boise State)

28 – Brooklyn Nets (via Toronto Raptors) – Keita Bates-Diop (SF – Ohio State)

29 – Golden State Warriors – Mitchell Robinson (C – High School)

30 – Atlanta Hawks (via Houston Rockets) – Anfernee Simmons (SG – High School)

 

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2018 College Basketball National Championship Game – Villanova vs. Michigan

It all comes down to this!  Villanova and Michigan have survived and advanced five times and now will play for the 2018 National Championship in San Antonio on Monday night, April 2, 2018.

Get our data driven College Basketball predictions for the final game of the 2018 NCAA Tournament as #1 seed Villanova from the East region plays #3 seed from the West region for the title.

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College Basketball Predictions for April 2, 2018:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
601 Michigan 41% 70 145
602 Villanova 59% 78 -6.5

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2018 Final Four Predictions – Michigan vs. Loyola-Chicago and Villanova vs. Kansas

And then there were 4!  The 2018 Final Four is this Saturday from San Antonio.  Who will win and advance to the national championship game?  Check out our 2018 Final Four predictions and preview below.

National Semi-Final #1

West Regional Champion Michigan faces South Regional Champion Loyola-Chicago.

Michigan (32-5) won the Big Ten Tournament and has an average margin of victory in the tournament of 9.  They’ve alternated double digit wins and close games in their four tournament games.

Loyola-Chicago (32-5) were the conference and tournament champions in the Missouri Valley.  The Ramblers have an average margin of victory in the tournament of 5.  They won by 2, 1 and 1 before a 16 point win in the regional final.

National Semi-Final #2

Two #1 seeds face-off.  The East Regional Champion Villanova faces Midwest Regional Champion Kansas.

Villanova (34-4) won the Big East regular season and conference tournament.  They have won every tournament game by double figures and an average of 18.25 points per game.

Kansas (31-7) won the Big 12 regular season (again) and the conference tournament.  The Jayhawks beat Duke in Overtime of the Midwest Regional Final having won their last three games each by 4 points.

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College Basketball Predictions for March 31, 2018:

Michigan vs. Loyola-Chicago

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
811 Loyola-Chicago 40% 63 128.5
812 Michigan 60% 72 -5

Villanova vs. Kansas

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
813 Kansas 42% 74 155
814 Villanova 58% 81 -5

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NCAA Tournament Elite 8 Predictions – March 25, 2018

Who’s going to the Final Four?  It’s the Elite 8 of the 2018 NCAA Tournament featuring the Midwest Regional Final in Omaha between 1 seed Kansas and 2 seed Duke and the East Regional Final in Boston between 1 seed Villanova and 3 seed Texas Tech.

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College Basketball Predictions for March 25, 2018:

East Regional Final

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
719 Texas Tech 42% 71 144.5
720 Villanova 58% 78 -6.5

Midwest Regional Final

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
721 Duke 57% 80 -3
722 Kansas 43% 74 154.5

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NCAA Tournament Elite 8 Predictions – March 24, 2018

Who’s going to the Final Four?  It’s the Elite 8 of the 2018 NCAA Tournament featuring the South Regional Final in Atlanta between 11 seed Loyola-Chicago and 9 seed Kansas State and the West Regional Final in Los Angeles between 3 seed Michigan and 9 seed Florida State.

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College Basketball Predictions for March 24, 2018:

South Regional Final

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
513 Loyola-Chicago 49% 68 126.5
514 Kansas State 51% 69 -1.5

West Regional Final

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
513 Loyola-Chicago 49% 68 126.5
514 Kansas State 51% 69 -1.5

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College Basketball Predictions – NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 – March 22-23, 2018

College basketball predictions for every game on the board.  After a wild first weekend of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, we’re at the Sweet 16 with unlikely match-ups.

Get our data driven College Basketball predictions for all Sweet 16 games of the 2018 NCAA Tournament including:

  • Kentucky vs. Kansas State
  • Nevada vs. Loyola-Chicago
  • Michigan vs. Texas A&M
  • Gonzaga vs. Florida State
  • Villanova vs. West Virginia
  • Purdue vs. Texas Tech
  • Duke vs. Syracuse
  • Kansas vs. Clemson
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College Basketball Predictions for the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Tournament:

March 22, 2018

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
813 Kansas State 47% 70 138.5
814 Kentucky 53% 73 -6
815 Loyola-Chicago 47% 71 143.5
816 Nevada 53% 74 -2
817 Texas A&M 43% 67 134.5
818 Michigan 57% 74 -3
819 Florida State 44% 74 154
820 Gonzaga 56% 80 -5.5

March 23, 2018

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
871 West Virginia 42% 73 154.5
872 Villanova 58% 80 -5.5
873 Texas Tech 43% 68 137.5
874 Purdue 57% 75 -1.5
875 Syracuse 32% 63 132.5
876 Duke 68% 80 -11.5
877 Clemson 45% 71 143
878 Kansas 55% 75 -4.5

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NCAA Tournament Round of 32 Predictions – March 18, 2018

College basketball predictions for every game on the board.  Get our data driven College Basketball predictions for all of the Round of 32 NCAA Tournament games today including:

  • North Carolina vs. Texas A&M
  • Kansas State vs. UMBC
  • Purdue vs. Butler
  • Michigan State vs. Syracuse
  • Cincinnati vs. Nevada
  • Xavier vs. Florida State
  • West Virginia vs. Marshall
  • Auburn vs. Clemson
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College Basketball Predictions for March 18, 2018:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
709 Texas A&M 44% 72 151.5
710 North Carolina 56% 78 -6
711 MD-Baltimore County 36% 65 135.5
712 Kansas State 64% 77 -10.5
713 Butler 37% 69 143.5
714 Purdue 63% 81 -3.5
715 Syracuse 31% 61 129.5
716 Michigan State 69% 78 -9
717 Nevada 38% 66 136.5
718 Cincinnati 62% 78 -8
719 Florida State 46% 77 158.5
720 Xavier 54% 81 -5.5
721 Marshall 31% 69 159.5
722 West Virginia 69% 87 -12.5
723 Clemson 47% 72 146.5
724 Auburn 53% 75 -1.5

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NCAA Tournament Round of 32 Predictions – March 17, 2018

College basketball predictions for every game on the board.  Get our data driven College Basketball predictions for all of the Round of 32 NCAA Tournament games today including:

  • Duke vs. Rhode Island
  • Villanova vs. Alabama
  • Kansas vs. Seton Hall
  • Michigan vs. Houston
  • Tennessee vs. Loyola-Chicago
  • Texas Tech vs. Florida
  • Gonzaga vs. Ohio State
  • Kentucky vs. Buffalo
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College Basketball Predictions for March 17, 2018:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
523 Rhode Island 34% 67 149.5
524 Duke 66% 82 -9.5
525 Alabama 30% 66 148
526 Villanova 70% 84 -11
527 Seton Hall 42% 73 153.5
528 Kansas 58% 80 -4.5
529 Houston 48% 69 134
530 Michigan 52% 71 -3
531 Loyola-Chicago 43% 65 130
532 Tennessee 57% 72 -5.5
533 Florida 44% 69 134
534 Texas Tech 56% 74 -1.5
535 Ohio State 46% 72 143
536 Gonzaga 54% 75 -3.5
537 Buffalo 43% 74 158
538 Kentucky 57% 80 -6

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College Basketball Predictions – March 14, 2018

College basketball predictions for every game on the board.  Get our data driven College Basketball predictions for all of tonight’s games including:

  • Marquette vs. Harvard
  • LSU vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Penn State vs. Temple
  • Mississippi State vs. Nebraska
  • Utah vs. UC Davis
  • Stanford vs. BYU
  • Boise State vs. Washington

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College Basketball Predictions for March 14, 2018:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
613 Harvard 38% 68 147u
614 Marquette 62% 79 -12
615 Louisiana-Lafayette 47% 75 160½u
616 LSU 53% 78 -4½
617 Temple 33% 63 144½u
618 Penn State 67% 79 -9½
619 Nebraska 47% 69 142½u
620 Mississippi State 53% 72 -4
621 UC Davis 37% 65 139½u
622 Utah 63% 77 -12½
623 BYU 51% 73 149½u
624 Stanford 49% 72 -2½
625 Washington 42% 70 148½u
626 Boise State 58% 77 -1
633 Colgate 46% 68 141u
634 San Francisco 54% 72 -7
635 North Texas 36% 67 149½u
636 South Dakota 64% 79 -13
637 Mercer 43% 67
638 Grand Canyon 57% 73 -6½
639 Miami (OH) 48% 70 147u
640 Campbell 52% 72 -1
641 Texas Rio Grande 49% 72 154u
642 New Orleans 51% 74 -3
643 Central Arkansas 45% 74 160½u
644 Seattle 55% 78 -6
645 Jacksonville State 46% 69 144½u
646 Canisius 54% 72 -4½
649 St. Francis (PA) 45% 74
650 Illinois-Chicago 55% 78 -4
651 Niagara 44% 74
652 Eastern Michigan 56% 79
653 Lamar 49% 74
654 Texas-San Antonio 51% 75 -3½

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Tips for Filling out your 2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket

by Matt Fischer

You’re sitting there with a sheet that has 68 teams bracketed out trying to decide which team to right on the line round by round.  Well I’ve got some tips to help you make your way through your 2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket.

2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket Tips:

Which #1 goes down first?

Xavier.  It’s close as I think Virginia has a very tough draw but Xavier has potential Sweet 16 match-ups against in-state rival Ohio State or Gonzaga and then North Carolina in the regional final.  Virginia could face either a hot Arizona or Kentucky team in the Sweet 16 and that’s a very dangerous game.

What are some likely first round upsets?

I don’t count 9 seeds beating 8 seeds as upsets so these are the double digit seeds with the best chance at winning their first round game:

  • Oklahoma against Rhode Island
  • Loyola-Chicago against Miami (FL)
  • Davidson against Kentucky
  • Butler against Arkansas
  • New Mexico State against Clemson

Who are the potential Cinderellas in this year’s Big Dance?

 

  • New Mexico State (Midwest) has the best draw of the 12 seeds.  I could see them going to the Sweet 16.
  • Florida (East) is an experienced team.  They have favorable match-ups and I could see them in the Elite 8.
  • Loyola-Chicago (South) is a good shooting team.  They’ve got potential to run deep in the tournament.
  • Houston (West) is well coached.  They can hang with anyone.

Who has the Easiest Path to the Title?

I think it’s Villanova.  Their toughest match-up could be in round 2 against Virginia Tech or Alabama.  I like their match-ups against anyone else in that region.

Who are the Most Underseeded Teams?

  • West Virginia was deserving of higher than a 5 seed.  I’d have them as a 3.
  • Creighton I’d have a 5 seed.
  • Florida State I’d have as a 6 seed.
  • Virginia Tech I’d have as a 6 also.

Who are the Most Overseeded Teams?

  • Xavier I’d have as a 3.
  • Rhode Island I’d have as a 10 seed.
  • Tennessee I’d have as a 5.
  • Alabama I’d have as a 10.

What’s SportsFormulator’s Official NCAA Tournament Bracket?

We’ve run the Formula for the entire 2018 NCAA Tournament and here’s what it says.  Virginia, North Carolina, Villanova and Duke make the Final Four.  Villanova beats North Carolina for the National Championship.

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