There haven’t exactly been many surprises when it comes to college football’s top teams. The road to the Final Four took some twists and turns, but three of the remaining teams certainly entered the Madness as popular picks to cut down the nets in Arizona.
UNC enters the Final Four as the slight +140 favorite to win it all after little-known walk-on Luke Maye hit the game-winning shot against Kentucky in the Elite Eight.
UNC had the best odds to reach the Final Four heading into the tourney and they haven’t disappointed.
Of course, we will hear a lot about Justin Jackson and Joel Berry II but Kennedy Meeks may have quietly been the Tar Heels’ most important player. Meeks has averaged 13 rebounds per game over the past three outings while UNC has easily outrebounded each opponent in that span.
Gonzaga is posting the second-best odds with the Bulldogs entering the Final Four at +180. After starting the tourney slowly, Gonzaga decimated Xavier 83-59 in the Elite Eight to book the first Final Four berth in program history. Much like UNC, it has been an often-overlooked player for the Zags who has made the biggest impact. Johnathan Williams has averaged 16 points and seven rebounds while shooting 63.1 percent between the Sweet 16 and the Elite Eight.
After the two No. 1 seeds, odds drop off with Oregon sitting at +550 and South Carolina at +750. Tyler Dorsey has been the hottest shooter of the tourney, as the Ducks sophomore has averaged 24.5 ppg while shooting 62.9 percent from the floor and 65.4 from deep. Senior Sindarius Thornwell has had a March Madness for the ages, with the Gamecocks guard averaging 25.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while playing aggressive, pressure-based defense.
Fading the Public has continued to work, and those familiar with us know that it’s a core philosophy of ours especially in highly-bet games. Here’s a look at what’s happened in the 2017 NCAA Tournament so far:
South Carolina is a perfect 4-0 ATS (3-0 as underdog, 1-0 as favorite)
UCLA/Kentucky closed with the highest tournament total that we’ve ever tracked (167) but the game went UNDER with Kentucky winning 86-75.
The ending of Florida/Wisconsin meant that buzzer-beater (-265) and overtime (-565) cashed for tournament prop bets that we mentioned prior to the start.
Odds to reach the Final Four before the tourney
South Carolina +4000
Highest odds to win the title before/during season
UNC +2000 on November 22, 2016
Oregon +4000 on December 22, 2016
Gonzaga +6000 on May 18, 2016
South Carolina +30000 on March 9, 2017
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