Final Four Opening Lines and Betting Trends
The NCAA Tournament has gone from 68 teams with hopes of winning the National Championship to just four in two short weeks full of action. The Final Four this season includes three schools that have reached this point for the first time since the tournament was expanded.
There will also be an East vs. West feel as Oregon and Gonzaga will look to defeat North Carolina and South Carolina respectively.
Saturday the national semifinals will be played in Phoenix, Arizona at University of Phoenix Stadium with the championship game to be played Monday April 3.
Gonzaga entered the tournament 10 to 1 to win it all and now sits 7 to 5. North Carolina was 6 to 1 entering the tournament and now sits 8 to 5.
Oregon was an incredible 25 to 1 entering March Madness and is now 4 to 1, while South Carolina was a long shot at 200 to 1 and sits now at 8 to 1.
The opening line for the No. 1 seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs and the No. 7 South Carolina Gamecocks has Gonzaga -6 with the point total on 138.
Gonzaga is 2-1-1 against the spread during the tournament.
The UNDER is 3-1 in four games Gonzaga has played during the tournament.
South Carolina is 4-0 ATS in its four NCAA Tournament games.
The Gamecocks have seen the OVER cash in 3 of 4 games during the tournament.
The No. 1 seeded North Carolina and the No. 3 seeded Oregon Ducks opening line is North Carolina -5 with the point total at 149.5.
Oregon is 3-1 ATS during its four games in the tournament.
The over/under is 2-2 during those same four games the Ducks have played.
Oregon has led by 10 points or more in three of its four tournament games.
North Carolina is 2-1-1 ATS in its four NCAA Tournament games.
The over/under is also 2-2 in the four games the Tar Heels have played during the tournament.
North Carolina has led at the half in each of its four games during the tournament.
As the week moves along, bettors will help to move the lines up or down, but both Final Four games are expected to be very close as will the Championship game a week from today.