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NCAA Final Four Betting Odds and Predictions

The Final Four field is set, and this is a very interesting group of teams. The traditional “blue blood” programs have been eliminated, and this Final Four will feature two teams playing in their first ever semifinal game. Let’s take a look at the current odds for winning the National Championship as well as a breakdown of each semifinal game.

Current Odds to Win National Championship:

Virginia +150
Michigan State +200
Texas Tech +400
Auburn +600

Virginia entered the 2019 NCAA Tournament with the third best odds to win it all, and are now the betting favorites. This shouldn’t be a huge surprise as Virginia is the lone number 1 seed remaining, and were near the top of the polls throughout the regular season. Michigan State comes into the Final Four with a ton of momentum after pulling off a massive upset over Duke. The Spartans were Big 10 regular season champions, and then won the Big 10 Tournament as well. They were a two seed in the East Region. Texas Tech came out of nowhere to make their first Final Four in school history. The Red Raiders were a three seed in the West region and stunned top-seeded Gonzaga in the Regional Final. Texas Tech is slightly behind Michigan State in terms of odds to win the whole thing. Auburn has the lowest odds to win the National Championship, but they have also been the most impressive team in the tournament. The Tigers will be playing Virginia in the first semi-final on Saturday night, and they will be playing without their best player, Chuma Okeke.

Auburn Tigers vs. Virginia Cavaliers -5.5:

This will be the most interesting game of the night as these two teams are extremely different. Auburn wants to play extremely fast and score a ton of points, while Virginia will look to slow the game down and win the game with their defense. Auburn has been making three-point shots at an alarming rate in the NCAA Tournament, and Virginia leads the entire country in points allowed per game. Whichever team is able to establish their identity in this game will likely be the winner.

Auburn guards Bryce Brown and Jared Harper lead the way for the Tigers and are averaging a combined 30 points per game. The Tigers don’t have much interior scoring, but that doesn’t matter when you shoot close to 40 percent from the three-point line as a team. This will be the best defense that Auburn has faced so far in the tournament, and that might slow them down.

Virginia has a trio of guards in De’Andre Hunter, Kyle Guy, and Ty Jerome that do almost everything for the Cavaliers. They score close to 46 points combined, and they can all really shoot it. Virginia will still play their famous pack-line defense in this game, but they will get out and contest shots.

The Pick: Virginia is the better team, but Auburn is just shooting it too well. Look for the Tigers to stay hot, and shoot their way to Monday night. Bet Auburn +5.5 in this game.

Michigan State Spartans -2.5 vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders:

This game will feature two teams that have a ton of toughness and plenty of depth. The Red Raiders are one of the best defensive teams in the country, but Michigan State isn’t too far behind them. Don’t expect a ton of points in this game between the Spartans and Red Raiders.

Sophomore guard Jarrett Culver has been the main scoring option for Texas Tech this season, and he is a future NBA talent. The Spartans will do all they can to limit Culver, and Matt Mooney and Davide Moretti will need to make shots for the Red Raiders. Even though Texas Tech struggled to score throughout the season, they have found enough offense in the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston is averaging 19 points and 8 assists per game this season and is a 1st team All-American this season. Winston makes the Michigan State team go, but he has plenty of help. Kenny Goins and Nick Ward give the team some interior scoring, and the Spartans kill opponents on the glass.

The Pick: Texas Tech has been on a remarkable run in this tournament, but Michigan State is just better. The Spartans are moving on to Monday night. Bet the Michigan State Spartans -2.5 over Texas Tech.

National Championship Pick:

Michigan State and Auburn should meet for the National Championship on Monday night, and this should be a terrific game. The Tigers can really shoot the basketball, but Michigan State has a huge edge in size and toughness. People will talk about the Auburn offense, but the Spartans can score the ball as well. Look for Tom Izzo to outcoach Bruce Pearl, and for Cassius Winston to lead his Spartans team to victory. Pick the Michigan State Spartans to win the 2019 NCAA Championship.

Betting Odds and Predictions to Win NCAA Tournament

The greatest and most exciting sporting event of the season is set to kick off on Thursday, and people can’t get enough of filling out brackets. Instead of trying to win NCAA Tournament pools, placing a bet on who will cut down the nets is a better option. Here is a look at the current odds to win the NCAA Tournament with a pick thrown in as well.

Number 1 Seeds:

Duke +225:

Duke has the best odds by a large margin, and they should. The Blue Devils were impressive in winning the ACC Tournament title, and they have just one loss when fully healthy this season. Zion Williamson has proven himself as the best player in the country, and RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish are NBA Lottery picks. The Blue Devils are loaded.

Virginia +550:

Everyone remembers Virginia being the first number 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed a season ago, but the Cavaliers are back. Virginia is once again the top defensive team in the country, but they can score better on the offensive end. The Cavaliers won’t let history repeat itself this season.

Gonzaga +600:

Gonzaga is the only team to beat Duke this season when the Blue Devils were fully healthy, and the Bulldogs have a ton of elite talent. The Bulldogs once again coasted through the West Coast Conference but stumbled in the tournament game in a loss to Saint Mary’s. Everyone seems to agree that this is head coach Mark Few’s best Gonzaga team.

North Carolina +800:

North Carolina shared for the ACC regular-season crown with Virginia, and the Tar Heels beat Duke twice this season. The Tar Heels almost beat their rival a third time, but Zion Williamson took over. North Carolina plays extremely fast, and they can score in a hurry. The Tar Heels won’t be an easy team to beat.

Number 2 Seeds:

Kentucky +1200:

Tyler Herro and PJ Washington lead an extremely talented Kentucky team. The return of Reid Travis gives the Wildcats some veteran leadership, and Kentucky has the depth to play with anyone. John Calipari has his team defending at an elite level, and that will carry them.

Michigan State +1200:

The Spartans are always a contender in March, and they enter the tournament with a ton of momentum. Michigan State is led by point guard Cassius Winston, but they have some studs in the paint as well. Bet against Tom Izzo if you want to, but Michigan State has a real chance to win this thing.

Tennessee +1400:

Tennessee is one of the most experienced teams in the country this season, and they can really score the ball. Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams get all the hype, but the Volunteers are deep. If Tennessee gets to the Elite Eight, a matchup with Virginia should be looming.

Michigan +1600:

Michigan was a Final Four team a season ago, and John Beilein has his team back in contention this season. The Wolverines are just behind Virginia in terms of best defense in the country, but Michigan struggles to score at times. If Michigan makes shots, they can beat anyone.

Contenders:

Texas Tech +2000:

Texas Tech had a terrific Big 12 Conference season, but they aren’t a real title contender. Forward Jarrett Culver is a future NBA star, but he is all the offense for the Red Raiders.

Auburn +2500:

Auburn set a new SEC record this season for three-point field goals per game, and they shoot at a ton of them. The Tigers made them all weekend long in the SEC Tournament, but they are a bad shooting night away from getting bounced early.

Florida State, Purdue, Virginia Tech +3300:

The most intriguing team from this group is the Florida State Seminoles. Florida State upset Virginia in the ACC Semifinals and battled Duke in the title game. Head coach Leonard Hamilton has a deep and athletic team that could bust some brackets this year.

Houston, Iowa State, LSU +4000:

This is a very interesting group of teams, and all three of them seem to have Final Four potential. Houston dominated the American Athletic Conference this season, and the Cougars can really score. Iowa State might be the best shooting team in the tournament, but they have some head-scratching losses. LSU will be without their head coach, Will Wade, but the Tigers have freakish athleticism. One of these teams might get hot and make a deep run, but they could also lose in the first weekend.

Everyone Else +5000 Or Higher:

There are certainly some teams in this group that are worth looking at, but realistically they don’t have a chance to win the whole thing. There might be a Final 4 team from this group, but that’s about it.

Betting Pick:

The two best teams in the country this season are the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels. UNC was able to beat Duke twice this season, but Duke won the most recent game. I think that they will meet up in the NCAA Championship Game, and Duke will even the score by beating North Carolina for a second time. Bet the Duke Blue Devils +225 to win the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

NCAA Basketball Weekend Betting Picks and Prediction

The 2018-19 men’s college basketball season is reaching the final few weeks, and conference races are starting to get extremely heated. There aren’t a ton of top-25 matchups on the schedule this weekend, but there are several great games. Let’s take a look at the four best games on the weekend slate and make a betting pick and prediction for each game.

Tennessee Volunteers vs. Kentucky Wildcats:

The best game of the weekend will take place in the SEC when the Tennessee Volunteers host the Kentucky Wildcats in a top-10 clash. Tennessee will no doubt be looking for some revenge after getting blown out by Kentucky just two weeks ago. The Volunteers are a very experienced team that is averaging 83.6 points per game. Forward Grant Williams leads the team with 19.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season, but Tennessee also has a terrific group of players in the backcourt. The Volunteers managed to score just 69 points in their first meeting with Kentucky and must shoot the ball better in this rematch. Kentucky is getting the job done with their defense this season, allowing just 64.9 points per game. Forward P.J. Washington has emerged as a real threat in the low post, averaging 15.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. These two teams should meet up again in the SEC Championship Game, but the Volunteers are winning this game. Bet the Tennessee Volunteers over the Kentucky Wildcats.

Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs:

Gonzaga is back to being the top-ranked team in the country, but they have a difficult game on Saturday night against the Saint Mary’s Gaels. Saint Mary’s has always played Gonzaga tough through the years, and they might be the only team capable of giving Gonzaga a loss in the West Coast Conference. Gonzaga beat the Saint Mary’s by 48 points earlier this season, but this game will be much closer this time around. The Gaels are one of the better defensive teams in the country, allowing just 65.4 points per game this season, but Gonzaga is even better allowing just 65.2 points per game. Gonzaga is much better on offense, scoring better than 90 points per game and they have an extremely deep and talented roster. The Gaels will need guard Jordan Ford (21.8 ppg) to go off in this game if they are going to have any chance. Don’t expect this game to be another blowout, but Gonzaga is going to win again. Bet the Gonzaga Bulldogs over the Saint Mary’s Gaels.

Utah State Aggies vs. Nevada Wolf Pack:

One of the most underrated games on the weekend schedule is a Mountain West Conference clash between Utah State and Nevada. Nevada is trying to lock up the regular season Mountain West Conference title, but Utah State can move into a first-place tie with a win. Utah State is led by guard Sam Merrill who is averaging 20.2 points and 4.3 assists per game. The Aggies have also been great on defense this year, allowing just under 66 points per night. The Wolf Pack are led by a trio of future NBA stars in Caleb and Cody Martin and Jordan Caroline. That trio has combined to score more than 48 points and grab 20 rebounds per game. Nevada plays an aggressive defense that is holding opponents to 65.9 points per game this season. The Wolf Pack beat the Aggies by 23 points earlier this season, but this matchup is going to be much closer. Nevada should have enough talent to come away with the win, but expect a close, low-scoring game. Bet the Nevada Wolf Pack over the Utah State Aggies.

Maryland Terrapins vs. Michigan Wolverines:

The Maryland Terrapins will host the Michigan Wolverines in a battle of top-four teams in the Big Ten Conference. Michigan beat Maryland by 13 points earlier this month, but Maryland has been tough to beat at home. Both teams are in the top 30 in team defense, but Michigan is the third best defensive team in the country, allowing just 58.4 points per game. Anthony Cowan Jr. leads the team with 16.0 points per game this season, but center Bruno Fernando has been the real star. Fernando has poured in 14.4 points per game while also averaging 10.6 rebounds per contest. The Wolverines also have a star big man in Iggy Brazdeikis, but Michigan is led by a trio of talented guards. Point guard Xavier Simpson is the catalyst of the offense, leading the team with six assists per night. Don’t expect many points in this game, but Michigan will find just enough scoring to pull off the upset on the road. Bet the Michigan Wolverines over the Maryland Terrapins.

NCAA Basketball Weekend Betting Picks and Prediction: February 23-24

As we get closer to the beginning of March, conference races are heating up all around college basketball. Middle of the pack teams are trying to secure big wins that help them get into the NCAA Tournament field as well. This weekend offers a ton of great games, but we have picked out the four biggest and best games. Let’s take a look at these four matchups with a betting pick and prediction for each game.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Virginia Cavaliers:

Virginia will travel to Kentucky to take on the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday afternoon. This is the first of two meetings between the ACC heavyweights this season, and this should be a terrific game. Virginia is the top defensive team in the country, allowing just 54.6 points per game. The Cavaliers are 23-0 against every other team besides Duke this season, and they are a legit Final Four contender. Virginia still struggles to score, but they have plenty of experience in Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome. Louisville is averaging 77.4 points per game this season, but they have some work to do on defense. The Cardinals very nearly pulled off a massive upset against Duke a week ago, but it turned into an epic collapse. Jordan Nwora leads the team with 17.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, but he needs some help. Louisville is tough to beat at home, but Virginia is tough to beat anywhere. Bet the Virginia Cavaliers over the Louisville Cardinals.

LSU Tigers vs. Tennessee Volunteers:

LSU and Tennessee begin this week with identical 11-1 records in SEC play, and this game will likely decide the regular season champion. LSU has won four straight conference games, including an upset win over Kentucky at Rupp Arena. Tennessee was just blown out by those same Wildcats last weekend, and lost for just the second time this season. LSU is led in scoring by Tremont Waters at 15.9 points per game, and they have three other players averaging double figures. The Tigers play extremely fast, but they have some work to do on the defensive end of the floor. Tennessee is one of the most experienced teams in the country, and have four guards who are all averaging double-figures. Admiral Schofield is one of the best perimeter players in the country, while forward Grant Williams leads the team with 19.3 points per game. LSU is playing with a ton of confidence right now, but the loss to Kentucky will wake Tennessee up. The Volunteers will rebound with a great road win at LSU on Saturday. Bet Tennessee over LSU in this game.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Kansas Jayhawks:

The Kansas State loss to Iowa State over the weekend allowed Texas Tech and Kansas to get right back into Big 12 contention. Both Texas Tech and Kansas come into the week with a 9-4 record in conference play and are just one game behind Kansas State. Kansas and Texas Tech met earlier this season, and the Jayhawks came away with a 16 point victory, but things have changed since that point. Kansas is without their best shooter, Lagerald Vick, who is taking a leave of absence from the team. The Jayhawks have managed to win three straight games, but they still struggle to score points. Dedric Lawson has been the one constant for Kansas this season, leading the Jayhawks with 19.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Texas Tech is the second best team in the country this season, allowing just over 57 points per game. The Red Raiders are led on offense by Jarrett Culver, who is a future NBA star. This will likely be a low-scoring affair, and the Red Raiders will get revenge at home. Bet Texas Tech over Kansas in this game.

Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans:

First place in the Big Ten Conference will be on the line on Sunday afternoon when in-state rivals meet up. This is the first of two meetings between Michigan and Michigan State in the final four games of the regular season. Michigan is allowing just 57.6 points per game this season and will look to slow down the pace against Michigan State. The Spartans are averaging 80.6 points per game, and push the basketball every chance they get. Michigan State has looked like a Final Four contender at times this season, but they will be without two stars for this game. Joshua Langford was lost for the season earlier this month, and center Nick Ward is out with a broken hand. Cassius Winston is averaging 18.5 points per game this season, but the Spartans are just too banged up to win this game. Michigan has a ton of experience, and they aren’t losing this game at home. Bet the Michigan Wolverines over the Michigan Spartans on Sunday.

NCAA Basketball Weekend Betting Picks and Prediction

With just under a month until Selection Sunday, college basketball teams are still jockeying for position in the various conferences around the country. Each week of the season seems to get more competitive and more exciting, and there is another terrific slate of games on tap this weekend. Let’s take a quick look at four of the best games on the schedule this weekend and make some betting picks and predictions for each one.

Michigan Wolverines vs. Maryland Terrapins:

The Big 10 Conference race is still up in the air, but four teams have clearly separated themselves. Michigan sits in a first-place tie, and they will host the Maryland Terrapins this weekend. Maryland is just one game out of first place and has proven that they can compete with the top teams this season. Michigan was stunned on Tuesday night in a loss to Penn State, but they will bounce back.

The Wolverines rank third in the country in points allowed, giving up just 57.8 points per contest, and they can score points as well. Point guard Xavier Simpson is one of the best in the country and is averaging nine points and six assists per game. Maryland also has a terrific point guard in Anthony Cowan Jr., but their size has carried them this season. Bruno Fernando and Jalen Smith have combined to score 26 points and 17 rebounds per game and should be able to score against a smaller Michigan team.

On a neutral court, I might take Maryland, but this game will be played in Michigan. The Wolverines are going to be mad after losing to Penn State, and they will take out some anger on the Terrapins. Bet Michigan over Maryland in this game.

Kansas State vs. Iowa State:

Kansas State enters the weekend in first place in the Big 12 Conference, but they still have plenty of work to do. The Iowa State Cyclones are right behind K-State in the conference, and they will try to knock them off this weekend.

The Wildcats and Cyclones couldn’t be more different, and the winner of this game will be the team who is able to get the game played at their pace. Kansas State only scores 65.9 points per game, but they also allow just 59.5. The Wildcats have been much better on offense since Dean Wade returned to the lineup. Iowa State is averaging just under 80 points per game, but are giving up close to 67. If the Cyclones can get the Wildcats sped up then they have a chance, but Kansas State is a veteran team that knows how to win at their pace. Iowa State has more talent, but Kansas State is a better team. Bet K-State to beat Iowa State on Saturday.

Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers:

Kentucky and Tennessee were supposed to be playing for first place in the SEC on Saturday, but LSU had other ideas. The LSU Tigers upset Kentucky on Tuesday night, and the Wildcats will be forced to regroup in a hurry against the top-ranked team in the country.

Tennessee comes into this game with a perfect 10-0 conference record, and are 22-1 overall. The Volunteers are averaging over 85 points per game, and they are an extremely deep and talented team. The problem for Tennessee is that winning at Rupp Arena is always difficult, and Kentucky is one of the best defensive teams in the country. The Wildcats are giving up just 65 points per game, and seem to be getting better each game.

This should be a terrific game, but I don’t know if Kentucky has enough offense to keep up with Tennessee in this game. The Wildcats are great, but the Volunteers are the best team in the country heading into March. Bet the Tennessee Volunteers over the Kentucky Wildcats in this SEC Showdown.

Michigan State vs. Ohio State:

The biggest game on the schedule on Sunday is a Big Ten battle between Michigan State and Ohio State. Ohio State comes into this game with a 6-6 record in conference play, but they are better than their record suggests. Forward Kaleb Wesson leads the Buckeyes with 14.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, but he needs some help from his frontcourt mates. Ohio State is one of the 30 best defensive teams in the country but gave up 86 points to Michigan State in the first meeting of the season.

The Spartans went through a rough stretch at the end of January, losing three straight games, but they look to be back on track. Point guard Cassius Winston leads the team with 18.8 points and 7.4 assists per game, and he leads a high-scoring offense. If Michigan State was better than Ohio State in Columbus, then they will have no trouble with them in East Lansing. Bet the Michigan State Spartans over the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Updated Betting Odds to win 2019 NCAA Basketball Championship

The 2018-19 NCAA Basketball season is in the second half of the regular season, and conference races are heating up throughout the country. With the March Madness Tournament being one of the most watched and bet on sporting event in the country, it’s time to take a look at the updated betting odds to win the 2019 NCAA Basketball Championship.

The Heavy Favorite

Duke Blue Devils +175: It should be no surprise to anyone that the Duke Blue Devils are heavy favorites to win the 2019 NCAA Basketball Championship. The Duke team is absolutely loaded with future NBA stars, and they have already beaten some of the top teams in the country this season. The Blue Devils have lost a pair of games this season, but they will be hard to beat in March. With RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson leading the way, look for Duke to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

Contenders:

Michigan +800: The Michigan Wolverines made it to the National title game a season ago, and they might be even better this season. Head coach John Beilein’s teams are traditionally known for their offense, but this version of Michigan can defend at a high level as well. The Wolverines have a proven leader in point guard Xavier Simpson, and they will be battle tested from playing in the rugged Big Ten.

Virginia +850: Virginia has just one loss on the season, a close loss to the Duke Blue Devils. The Cavaliers are the top defensive team in the country, and they are one of the most experienced teams in college basketball. Of course, they were also the first number 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed a season ago, but don’t be scared off by that this time around. Virginia is for real.

Tennessee +900: The Tennessee Volunteers are the top-ranked team in college basketball at the moment, yet no one seems to be talking about them. Tennessee is scoring better than 86 points per game, and they can score points in a hurry. They have been largely overlooked for much of the season, but they will make noise in March.

Gonzaga +950: Head coach Mark Few has had some great teams during his Gonzaga tenure, but this version might be the best. The Bulldogs have dealt with some injuries already this season, but when fully healthy have the talent to win a National title. Gonzaga is no longer a Cinderella team, but they will likely captivate the country in March.

Underdogs

Kansas +1300: The odds for the Kansas Jayhawks have taken a big hit since the injury of Udoka Azubuike. Kansas suddenly looks extremely vulnerable, but head coach Bill Self will get things turned around in Lawrence. The Jayhawks still have a ton of talent on their roster, and Kansas knows how to win in March. Don’t count the Kansas Jayhawks out of it just yet.

Michigan State +1400: Personally, seeing Michigan State this far down on the list just seems crazy to me. The Spartans have rolled through their first eight games in Big Ten play, and Tom Izzo has his team playing well on both ends of the floor. It has been a few seasons since the Spartans were able to reach the Final Four, but this team feels like the team to end that skid. Cassius Winston might be the best point guard in the country, and he has plenty of weapons around him.

Nevada +1800: Nevada has been hyped up since their Sweet 16 run a season ago. The Wolf Pack have three legitimate NBA prospects in Caleb and Cody Martin and Jordan Caroline, and they can score with any team in the country. The problem for Nevada is that they won’t be tested in conference play, and that could come back to bite them in the NCAA Tournament. There is no denying that Nevada has the talent to make a run.

Kentucky +2000: The young freshman stars for Kentucky are improving with each game, and the Wildcats are playing terrific basketball. Kentucky just went on the road and upset Auburn, and they should battle Tennessee for the top spot in the SEC. Kentucky still needs some work on the defensive end, but John Calipari has himself another loaded team.

North Carolina +2200: The North Carolina Tar Heels have been hard to figure out this season. Some nights they look like the best team in the country, but then they seem to take other nights off. If the Tar Heels are able to find some consistency, then look out for Roy Williams and company in March.


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