Bookmakers Like Tar Heels Chances of Winning College Basketball Championship

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North Carolina is favored, Syracuse is underdog in Final Four showdown in Houston this weekend.

The maddest season of the sporting year reaches its climax this weekend with America’s top four college hoops teams battling it out for the national championship title in Houston. Just one number one seed has survived the usual carnage of the four Regional tournaments, but does North Carolina now have what it takes to go all the way? Intertops Sportsbook bookmakers see the Tar Heels (+110) on top of the pile, but Villanova (+250) and Oklahoma (+300) are still right there in the mix. Syracuse (+1000), seeded 10 in the Midwest Region,  is the obvious underdog, but anything is possible at the NRG Stadium.

“Syracuse has been the big surprise of the tourney so far and we have seen plenty of interest in a semifinal upset win over UNC,” said an Intertops Sportsbook manager. “You never know, we might all be seeing Orange after Monday’s final – it’s March Madness, after all!”

Intertops adds to the hoops excitement by offering its customers $50 free bets for their picks on Facebook. They simply have to post their tip to win the Final Four before the first game gets underway and wager in the sportsbook to qualify.  The prize draw will take place after the champion has been crowned on Monday.

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March Madness Down to Final Four

 

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Over the weekend the Elite Eight narrowed the US college basketball field to the Final Four.   On Saturday, Villanova will take on Oklahoma at 3:00 pm PST and UNC will battle Syracuse at 6:00 pm PST.

BettingInstinct will have a preview and predictions from UK NCAA blogger Cathal Laughren later this week.

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Can Spartans upset top US college basketball teams?

Underdog Spartans could beat Kentucky in college basketballEven though the Kentucky Wildcats have been a strong favorite to win the US college basketball championship in Indianapolis since March Madness began, bookmakers say there’s been a surprising number of people betting on the underdog Michigan Spartans to win.   Why is that?

It’s partly because you stand to win a helluva lot more if you get lucky on an underdog. There’s not a lot of money to be made on an obvious favorite. But perhaps more people, deep down, identify more with underdogs than with favorites.

By Tuesday it’ll be a done deal.  For now, it’s anyone’s game.  Well, it’s the Kentucky Wildcats, Wisconsin Badgers, Duke Blue Devils or maybe even Michigan Spartans game.

“The Wildcats first have to beat the Wisconsin Badgers. That could be harder than they think,” said the sportsbook manager at AllYouBet.  “Meanwhile, Michigan State takes on Duke.  I say, if Tom Izzo can get his number 7 seed team this far it’s certainly possible the Spartans could go all the way. A lot of guys that bet on them early seem to think so!”

AllYouBet sportsbook has attractive odds on the semi-final and final games this weekend. Kentucky, at -149, is currently favored to win the championship on Monday with Wisconsin at +450, Duke +325 and the Spartans are +800. (Odds as of today are subject to change.) Bonuses and a free bet offer continue through the weekend.

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March Madness Final Four could be one for the ages

Does Wisconsin have what it takes to stand in the way of Kentucky's perfect season?

Does Wisconsin have what it takes to stand in the way of Kentucky’s perfect season?

It’s usually at this time of year that the NBA plays second fiddle in the basketball world for the duration of the NCAA tournament. Fans tune in to see the stars of the very imminent future in a tournament which provides the kind of drama that has often dissipated in the later stages of the NBA, where playoff seeding is the only real incentive left.

The NBA has been holding its own this year thanks to one of the most enthralling MVP races in history but be assured – this year’s Final Four will steal the attention right back. We are set up for an incredible 3 games with 3 great teams and, quite frankly, one solid team with a great coach. There are reasons that all 4 could take home the Championship but it seems only fair to start with the team that could well go down as the best college team ever.

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Men’s NCAA Basketball Betting Odds – Outright Winner

Kentucky -150
Duke +325
Wisconsin +450
Michigan State +800
(All odds provided by Intertops.eu are accurate as of today and subject to change)

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Betting Odds: Kentucky (-238) vs Wisconsin (+200)

At first glance, saying this Kentucky team could be the best college team ever sounds like an exaggeration. Yet the facts are simple: they have a chance of being the first team to ever go undefeated, they are already only the second team ever to go unbeaten through the regular season and they’ve matched the record for most wins in an NCAA tournament already. Not only that, they have most experts’ number 1 pick for the NBA Draft and may have 3 of their players going top 10 and 7 being drafted.

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Last year they played Wisconsin at this stage of the tournament and beat them – Wisconsin’s roster has stayed relatively similar whilst Kentucky is much improved. It honestly feels picky to try and give reasons why Kentucky will lose but Notre Dame gave them a hell of a game in the Elite 8 and frankly, had they not abandoned the strategies that got them so close, we may be talking about another famous CBB upset. That’s really all you can aim at Kentucky – they have an experienced roster backing up the Twin Towers of Towns and Cauley-Stein with Aaron Harrison’s clutch play engrained in Wisconsin minds from last year’s encounter. They simply have to be favorites but this is no walkover, far from it.

Wisconsin come into this game with revenge on their minds and boasting the best offense in the country. All the talk is of Kentucky but it cannot be forgotten that Wisconsin have the best college player in the country in their midst. Frank Kaminsky has an NBA-ready body of skills – he can shoot the ball all the way out to three and boss down low. He doesn’t have the ceiling of an Okafor or a Towns but he is the most technically gifted player in the tournament right now. When he goes to the NBA he may struggle with the extended line and most certainly will struggle with the quickness of NBA athletes but those are questions for the future – right now you can guarantee Kentucky are trying to figure out how to stop him.

Just one problem: Sam Dekker. It is true that Wisconsin’s roster has stayed similar to last year but their players are improved with Dekker right at the forefront. He has been one of the best players in the tournament so far, average 21.7 points and 5.5 boards. Dekker has made his name off his smart cutting ability but showcased his range in the Elite 8 against Arizona as he led Wisconsin through a tight game. Much like that game, we know Frank Kaminsky will get his but can Dekker step up as a secondary scorer again? It will be especially important against two great defensive big men who will play Kaminsky as well as anyone.

Betting Odds: Duke (-235) vs Michigan State (+195)

The Blue Devils are back again, led by possibly the best coach in CBB history and an absurdly gifted young big man who, frankly, is becoming more underrated as people see more of him. Jahlil Okafor is suffering from a common problem – as people realise just how good certain players are, they start to try their best to find their flaws and pick holes in their games. It is part of the reason players like Dante Exum and Emmanuel Mudiay have seen their stock remain so high in recent years – we simply don’t see as much of them as others.

The simple facts with Okafor are that he is nearly unstoppable in the post one on one. He hasn’t had a great tournament and yet has been vital to Duke’s success, he cannot be left on his own, commanding a nearly automatic double team. His post game is superb, his footwork incredibly clean for such a young player and he rebounds well. Of course he has his faults but they tend to be focused on by the same people who decided Blake Griffin could only dunk.

Besides, Okafor’s relatively mediocre tournament has merely allowed another superb prospect to shine through. The lack of Winslow talk has been a little bizarre – his NBA comparison is perhaps Michael Kidd-Gilchrist but he is much more polished offensively than MKG and brings the quality defence. He has put up some great lines in the tournament including possibly the best stat-sheet stuffer of a performance so far with 13 points, 12 boards, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks. He brings absolutely everything. Between these two great prospects (and Tyus Jones, who on another team would shine a lot more) and Coach K, it’s hard to see past another Championship game for Duke.

When compared to the other 3 rosters in the tournament, Michigan State looks incredibly average. It is nearly unanimous on all Big Boards that they won’t have a single first round pick in the upcoming Draft. This is not to say that Michigan don’t have any good players. Travis Trice has scored well throughout the tournament and in Denzel Valentine they have a player who will fill up the stat sheet – an efficient scorer who will get boards and assists. However, they don’t come close to the gifts of an Okafor, Towns or Kaminsky. They have taken out the 2, 3 and 4 seed in their own Conference to get here so they haven’t been lucky with their draws. Yet they went an unremarkable 24-11 in the regular season and are the only non-1 seed in the Final Four. So how have they managed to get here? It all comes down to one man – Mr March, Tom Izzo.

Izzo is one of the finest coaches in CBB, wanted by the Cavs during LeBron’s first stint, and earned his nickname for good reason – his teams always come alive in the tournament. He has been to the Final Four 7 times – and though he only has one national Championship, he has rarely had the riches of a Duke or Kentucky. When looking at the rosters, it is nearly impossible to bet against Duke. Yet, Izzo has proved time and time again he thrives upon the underdog status.

This promises to be one heck of a Final Four. Strap in, it’s going to be a fun ride.

 

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US college basketball: 3 no. 1 seeds, 1 dangerous underdog

US college basketball betting Intertops SportsbookI wish I could tell you who to bet on as the Final Four finals in US college basketball take place this weekend in Indianapolis.  But even though the field has been narrowed down from 96 to the Final Four, it’s still a tough call.  The Kentucky Wildcats, Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan State Spartans and Duke Blue Devils – three number one seeds and one dangerous underdog.  Anybody’s game.

The Kentucky Wildcats began as the obvious but the Wisconsin  Badgers have looked good in the tourney so far and there is no reason why they couldn’t eliminate their rival early. Michigan State and Duke is  a battle between two of the highest-profile coaches in the game. Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski, each capable of taking their boys to victory.

Final Four bets at Intertops Sportsbook“Our players really know their hoops,” said the sportsbook manager at Intertops Sportsbook. “We’ve had some heavy action on the Spartans to surprise in the South from the word go. Many customers who bet on Michigan State to win it all at odds of +5000 will be facing a nail-biting Easter weekend now!”

“Early upsets mean that none of our customers had a perfect March Madness bracket, but the $25,000 prize we put up will be split between the top 25 entries.”

Intertops is running a Final Four Free Bet contest on its Facebook page.  Post your tip and you could win a $100 free bet.


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To win outright:
Kentucky -150
Duke +325
Wisconsin +450
Michigan State +800
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March Madness 2014 Final Four – Can Kentucky Make History?

Can Kentucky's John Calipari repeat his 2011-12 success?

Can Kentucky’s John Calipari repeat his 2011-12 success?

 

No one will ever have it all figured out.  No one wants to.

 

Aaron Craft lay flat on his back on the hardwood and let the madness wash over him. Dayton had just upset Craft’s Ohio State Buckeyes in the first game of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, bursting millions of brackets as Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage pulled up outside college basketball’s Big Dance.  Dayton’s run to the Elite Eight was the standout story of this year’s March Madness for the neutral, as they also toppled the much-fancied Syracuse and fellow giant killers, Stanford, before finally being stopped by No. 1 Florida.  The other major upsets came from Stanford and Mercer, who beat Kansas and Duke, respectively, and saw to it that the top three players in this year’s heralded freshmen class (Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker) would be watching the business end of the tournament from their couches.  This is how Mercer’s Kevin Canevari felt about that.

 

The Final Four is where it gets serious.  Cinderella had her fun, but was escorted out after one too many Jägerbombs.  The true heavyweights remain: Florida, UConn, Wisconsin and Kentucky.  Pay attention to the seedings no more; though UConn is a No. 7 and Kentucky a No. 8, both are power programs which have produced champions in the past four years, while No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Wisconsin have been consistent all season – there are no underdogs.  Still, of the 11 million brackets filled out for ESPN’s Tournament challenge, just 612 predicted that these would be the last four teams left despite the fact that Kentucky was the preseason No. 1 and Florida was the midseason No. 1.

 

March Madness Final Four Betting Odds:

Florida +110

Kentucky +250

Wisconsin +275

Connecticut +800

(All odds provided by AllYouBet.ag are accurate as of today and subject to change)

 

The favourites before the tournament coming off a 30-game winning streak, Florida is the team to beat.  Here’s where it gets interesting though: two of the other Final Four teams, Wisconsin and UConn, are the only teams to have beaten Florida this season, while Kentucky came within a point in their last matchup with the Gators.  Florida’s record this season is a result of the nation’s best defense, toughness and consistency, all owing to the maturity of the squad.  Before the season, maturity was not a word often associated with point guard Scottie Wilbekin, and his story is definitely worth a read.  Florida would certainly not be here without him.  Wilbekin is one of four seniors in the starting lineup and no Gator is expected to be selected in the first round of this year’s NBA Draft – are Florida the anti-Kentucky?

 

Last season was tough for UConn; their long-time Hall of Fame coach, Jim Calhoun, retired before the season, star players from the previous season, Andre Drummond and Jeremy Lamb, had left for the NBA and they were banned from the NCAA Tournament for not meeting academic standards.  This year, the Huskies are back with a vengeance that few expected, thanks to coach Kevin Ollie and star player Shabazz Napier.  UConn are also in the NCAA Women’s Final Four, but if they are to have any chance of double success, the Huskies need to hope Napier is on form.  Connecticut are far from a one-man team, and boast a balanced, scoring support behind their point guard, but it is clear that they will go as far as Napier, the tournament’s leading scorer (23.3 ppg) takes them.

 

How to describe the 2013/14 Wisconsin Badgers?  “White guys.”  Frank Kaminsky’s words, not mine.  But the Badgers’ star center’s response to the question of how their last opponents would describe the team tells you all you need to know.  Wisconsin are likeable; a feel-good story.  Kaminsky doesn’t take himself too seriously, even if NBA scouts have started to, and low-key coach Bo Ryan has finally led his Badgers to the Final Four after coming close countless times over the last decade.  Though Kaminsky has emerged as a force in recent games, Wisconsin’s success has been built on a slow, efficient offensive style, rather than star play.  They have already beaten Florida and Kentucky this season, and a tough schedule culminated in that victory over the Wildcats in the last round.  Having last won the tournament in 1941, Wisconsin has far and away the longest drought of any of the remaining teams.

 

Coming into the season with one of the most heralded recruiting classes ever and ranked No. 1 in the nation, many believed that John Calipari’s Kentucky would repeat the success of his 2011/12 championship-winning team.  Individual talent was never an issue, but the team often looked like less than the sum of its parts, with the Harrison twins in particular struggling in the backcourt.  After a huge loss to Florida on March 10, Calipari concluded that a change was in order, and tweaked his tactics to give the players more freedom at the expense of set plays.  The results speak for themselves; Kentucky’s last three games have seen them dispose of last year’s finalists, Louisville and Michigan, and the previously undefeated Wichita State.  Julius Randle has cemented his place amongst the top players in this year’s draft and is certainly the man to watch, but both Andrew and Aaron Harrison have stepped up their play in the last two weeks and Marcus Lee has emerged from nowhere to replace the injured Willie Cauley-Stein.  Kentucky has gained momentum and cohesion to go with their star power and will be very difficult to stop.

 

Betting Instinct Tip – Back Kentucky -1.5 against Wisconsin, at -110 with Intertops.eu

 

Cathal avatar CATHAL LOUGHRAN (cathalloughran) is a student and writer from Ireland, based in London.  He  writes about college basketball and the NBA for Betting Instinct

Kentucky Could Yet Take Down Florida Favorites in US College Basketball Final Four Showdown this Weekend

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Underdog bettors are cautiously optimistic about Kentucky’s chances of beating the favored Florida Gators in the NCAA Final Four basketball championship this weekend

American college basketball is down to the Final Four this weekend and by Monday there will be a new NCAA champion. A lot of people seem convinced that Florida will take the title but a couple of worthy opponents may have something to say about that. Online sportsbooks like AllYouBet.ag seem to think the Florida Gators will beat UConn on Saturday and then take the national title. No brainer.

However, in the second of two Final Four matchups on Saturday All You Bet bookmakers currently give the Kentucky Wildcats a slim 1.5–point advantage over Wisconsin.  Kentucky came within two points of upsetting Florida just two weeks ago in a game that looked like it could go either way. The Gators likely aren’t keen on facing them in the title match.

“The Kentucky-Wisconsin game will be very close. Florida could be playing either the Wildcats or the Badgers on Monday,” said All You Bet’s bookmaker. “Should the Badgers upset the odds and go all the way this year, plenty of All You Bet customers will be celebrating as we saw substantial action on the underdog as the tournament got underway.”

Final Four Game Odds

Florida -300

Connecticut +250

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Kentucky -130

Wisconsin +110

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All You Bet’s current lines see the Gators as 6.5-point favorites to avenge their defeat by UConn earlier this season and stop the Huskies’ impressive tournament run.

Odds to Win NCAA Men’s Basketball Outright

Florida +110

Kentucky +250

Wisconsin +275

Connecticut +800

 

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The Only Teams to Have Beaten Florida This Season are also in the NCAAB Final Four

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Florida is the NCAAB favorite of this weekend’s Final Four but underdog Wisconsin could surprise everyone

The Florida Gators may have been a favorites since March Madness betting began a couple of weeks ago with some worth opponents this weekend during the Final Four it would be premature to crack the champagne just yet. Although they see some possibility of an underdog upset, Intertops Sportsbook oddsmakers do expect Florida to win on Saturday and for the Gators to ultimately get past their three worthy opponents to take the Championship title on Monday.

At the moment  the Gators are a six-point favorite to avenge their defeat to UConn and stop the Huskies’ memorable run that has seen them eliminate the Number 2, 3 and 4 seeds in the East Region.

Intertops Sportsbook favors the Florida Gators (+110) to win the NCAA Championship on Monday over Kentucky (+250), Wisconsin (+275) and Connecticut (+800).

“Florida started the tournament as the favorite and is the only number one seed to make the Final Four,” observed an Intertops sportsbook bookmaker.  “After winning all four games so far — by double digits — the Gators will be the team to beat in Arlington.  But things are not as clear cut as they might seem at first glance. It could well be that exactly the three teams that stand the most chance of thwarting Florida’s dreams are also traveling to Texas: Wisconsin and Connecticut are the only teams to have beaten them this season and the Kentucky Wildcats came within two points of doing so just three weeks ago.”

“For Connecticut coming in as a decided underdog, having already played Florida and beaten them should give them not only some confidence but also some idea of how to play the Gators,” said Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis.

Intertops will also be taking live wagers during the games that begin at 6:05 pm and 8:45 pm ET Saturday.

 

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