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.
If you are feeling gutsy, the long shot sees Cinderella South Carolina topping Oregon to close out March Madness. As crazy as this may sound, it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility. The Gamecocks play stout defense and have been scoring more during the NCAAB Tournament than any point during the season. They would still need to get past the frontcourt depth of Gonzaga and the shooting prowess of Oregon but it’s not impossible.
My personal pick is Gonzaga topping Oregon, which offers some pretty good value. I think the Zags big men will cause nothing but headaches for South Carolina and Oregon doesn’t have the depth in the frontcourt with Chris Boucher injured.
2017 NCAA Tournament – Exact Finals Outcome
Odds as of March 29 at Bovada
- UNC Beats Gonzaga +240
- Gonzaga Beats UNC +325
- Gonzaga Beats Oregon +450
- UNC Beats South Carolina +500
- Oregon Beats Gonzaga +600
- Oregon Beats South Carolina +1000
- South Carolina Beats UNC +1200
- South Carolina Beats Oregon +1400