Post by Matthew
With only four teams left in the madness, we can start looking towards which matchup will try and live up to the classic Villanova and UNC. The most likely outcome, according to odds, is UNC avenging last season’s finals loss by defeating Gonzaga.
With the Tar Heels and Bulldogs the two No.1 seeds left standing, the finals matchup between the two seems the most likely – again, according to odds. Gonzaga defeating UNC in the finals has the second-best odds to be the exact result.
I’ll take a bettor’s look at the two Final Four matchups with betting teams and info for each matchup. Up first is Oregon-North Carolina.
ODDS: UNC -5 vs Oregon, O/U 151.5
For the longest time, the NFL has carried an antiquated public stance on sports betting. Yet at league meetings Monday morning in Phoenix, team owners voted 31-1 in favor of the Raiders moving from Oakland to Las Vegas. The team’s first season here is expected to be in 2020.
North Carolina is a 4.5-point favorite versus Oregon in the Final Four, and books expect the public to side with UNC before Saturday’s tipoff.
The Oregon Ducks take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Final Four Saturday. We’re inside the Wynn Las Vegas talking with executive director of race and sports Johnny Avello about the opening odds and where the college basketball betting action will come in.
WrestleMania 33 is less than one week away and the card is largely set in stone. Though there are some who may question some of the decision-making leading into the event (myself included), the WWE always makes one hell of a spectacle out of the granddaddy of them all and this year should be no different.
Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs (-5, 211.5)
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in danger of falling out of first place in the Eastern Conference and they won’t have an easy time stopping the bleeding against a team in hot pursuit of the top spot in the West when they visit the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. The Cavaliers’ latest defensive debacle came in a 127-115 home loss to Washington on Saturday and resulted in a tie for first in the East with Boston, with a visit to the Celtics on the horizon.
Xavier Musketeers vs Gonzaga Bulldogs (-8.5, 145.5) Game to be played at SAP Center, San Jose, California Top-seeded Gonzaga and 11th-seeded Xavier are both shooting to reach the Final Four ….
Sunday night was a spectacular way to cap the avalanche of college hoops that the first four days of the NCAA Tournament provides. A buzzer-beating cover by Southern California, though Baylor moved on.
The San Francisco Giants looked like one of the best teams in baseball before the All-Star Break last season, as they entered the break at 57-33 and had a 6.5 game lead in the NL West. Then it all fell apart. The Giants went 30-43 after the break and the offense crumbled.
Our In-house handicapper, Matt Cash, has set out his brackets for the 2017 NCAA March Madness
According to the bracket challenge above, Matt cash is predicting plenty of surprises.