2016 Final Four Opening Betting Lines
After Saturday and Sunday’s four Elite Eight games, just four teams remain to battle for the national championship in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
The Final Four national semifinal games will be played on Saturday April 2 with the national championship game on Monday April 4.
The opening lines late Sunday had Villanova as a 2-point favorite over Oklahoma with the point total on 147, while North Carolina opened as 9-point chalk over Syracuse, with total points at 144.5.
Oklahoma and Villanova were No. 1 at some point during the regular season. The two have met once head to head this season with the Sooners routing the Wildcats 78-55.
However, that game was months ago and Villanova since that time has become one of the most competitive teams in the nation behind spectacular play from Daniel Ochefu and Ryan Arcidiacono.
Opposing those two is without a doubt this year’s best player in the country, Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, who was second in the nation in scoring averaging over 25 points per game.
Oklahoma reached the Final Four by defeating the Oregon Ducks on Saturday 80-65 to cover as 1-point favorites. Oklahoma led at halftime by 18 points and never let the Ducks back in the game.
Villanova punched its ticket to the Final Four with a hard fought 5-point win over Kansas. The Wildcats covered as 2-point dogs in their outright win on Saturday.
Syracuse plays North Carolina in the other semifinal and the Tar Heels are the only remaining No. 1 seed left in the tournament. North Carolina used strength and talent in the paint to bully its opponents to win the East region.
Syracuse has used its 2-3 suffocating zone to pull off comeback and upset victories. The two ACC opponents have played head to head on two occasions this season, with the Tar Heels coming out on top each time.
North Carolina defeated a tough Notre Dame squad on Sunday to advance to the Final Four. The Tar Heels showed their ability to score, beating the Irish 88-74, covering 7.5-point chalk.
Syracuse reached the Final Four with an upset come from behind win over Virginia 68-62. At the half, the Orange trailed the Cavaliers by 16 points. The Orange covered as 8-point dogs with their outright win on Sunday.
Jim Boeheim the Syracuse coach and Roy Williams the North Carolina coach last faced one another in a Final Four when Boeheim’s Syracuse team won the national championship and Williams coached his last game for Kansas.