It has been another crazy and unpredictable NCAA Tournament, and there are now just four teams left standing. The Final Four will feature four of the best programs in college basketball as no Cinderella teams are remaining.
Since the Final Four has some of the best college basketball teams in the country, you can expect some terrific games taking place this weekend. That’s not always the case in the Final Four, but it should only add to the drama and excitement of the event.
Here is a quick look at each of the Final Four games that are ready to take place in New Orleans this weekend.Jump to
The Kansas Jayhawks are 4.5-point betting favorites over the Villanova Wildcats in the first semifinal matchup on Saturday night. This game will be a rematch of a Final Four game played in 2018, and it was Villanova that ran Kansas out of the gym in that matchup.
Kansas comes into this game, scoring nearly 80 points per game, and they will have a size and athleticism matchup in this one. The Jayhawks are led by Ochai Agbaji, but Remy Martin has been a real spark off of the bench for Kansas.
Villanova will be without Justin Moore in this game as he suffered a torn Achilles in the Elite Eight. Moore was second on the team with nearly 15 points per game, but leading scorer Collin Gillespie will lead the Wildcats.
Kansas is nearly impossible to stop on the open floor, but Villanova will look to slow this game down on both ends. The Jayhawks should be good enough to win this one, but it’s hard to turn down the free points.
Take the Villanova Wildcats +4.5 as they battle with the mighty Kansas Jayhawks all night long.
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UNC-Duke: Nothing Better
The second semifinal game of the night features the best rivalry in college basketball, taking place for the first time in the NCAA Tournament. It will be the Duke Blue Devils as slim four-point favorites over the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Duke is scoring over 80 points per game this season, and freshman phenom Paolo Banchero leads the way with 18 points per game. The Blue Devils are shooting close to 50 percent from the floor, and they do most of their damage in the paint.
North Carolina upset Duke in the regular-season finale, and they have been on a roll ever since. Armando Bacot is averaging a double-double to lead UNC, but it has been the three-point shooting that has carried them in March.
The fact that this is a rivalry game complicates betting matters, and it’s hard to see North Carolina not keeping this game close. The Tar Heels are actually playing better than Duke in the NCAA Tournament, and it would be wise to take North Carolina on the moneyline as they stun Duke and reach the title game.