The stage is set for the Final Four in New Orleans, and the betting action heats up for Final Four coverage and game day with much anticipation for the tip off of Kansas (-4.5) vs Villanova followed by Duke (-4) and North Carolina.
The fabled, fabulous, familiar and famous blue bloods are showcased on the Bayou, and this the first time since 2011 that both national semifinal games have point spreads under 5 points. It’s also the first Final Four ever where all four schools have won multiple national championships.
Watch the games on TBS or stream online with the games scheduled to tip off at 6:10 p.m. ET and 8:50 p.m. ET.
Final Four and College Basketball Championships
Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Villanova have combined to win 17 NCAA Tournament, titles, including half of the last 16 national championships. Those four teams 61 combined Final Four appearances are 10 more than the previous high of 51 in the 2008 Final Four.
Kansas vs Villanova
Villanova will play without their second-leading scorer Justin Moore (14.8 PPG), who was injured late in the Wildcats 50-44 Elite Eight win over Houston. Hard to imagine Villanova scoring much against Kansas, who has held three of their last four tournament opponents to 61 points or fewer. The Wildcats slow pace factors into making additional prop bets on this game, with popular props available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Teams seeded No. 1 facing a lower seed are 15-2 SU and 9-6-2 ATS in the national semifinal since 2005. Kansas has taken more than 60% of the spread bets and 67% of the money heading into game day on FanDuel sportsbook.
Duke vs North Carolina
The total on this game has moved up today from 151 to 152.5, and is something I noted for prop bets in anticipation of more scoring. In fact, each of the last six games between Duke and North Carolina has produced more than 153 points, going 6-0 over/under with an average of 172 points.
There are so many ways to bet the game including player props between these storied rivals. This is the 100th meeting between the two arch rivals with with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on the bench, yet surprisingly, Duke and North Carolina have never met in the NCAA tournament.
“I haven’t looked at it as us against Carolina, I’ve looked at it as ‘we’re playing in the Final Four.’ So, the history of that I’ve not paid any attention to,” Krzyzewski told reporters.
Duke is 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS since 1990 in national semifinal games. North Carolina is playing their best basketball since suffering a 20-point loss to the Blue Devils on Feb. 5. The Tar Heels are 12-2 SU and 10-3-1 ATS, and North Carolina has won and covered its last four games as an underdog, including the 13-point victory at Duke to end the regular season.
Point spread betting is nearly even with Duke getting 51% of the money into game day as more bets pile in, including over the total.
Play well and bet responsibly on the biggest games and Final Four knowing that the NCAA Tournament game between Duke and North Carolina should be most entertaining with plenty of pace, talent, scoring and betting interest.
You can bet on it.