NCAA Tournament Free Picks – The Final Four
And, then, there were four. The 2017 Final Four begins on April 1st where two teams will move on to face off against each on in the National Title on Monday, April 3rd. It will be played in Phoenix, at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Saturday’s Final Four action begins with South Carolina and Gonzaga at 6:09 EST and Oregon and North Carolina at 8:49 EST. Both games will be broadcasted on CBS.
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South Carolina (7) versus Gonzaga (1) -7 Total: 138
Their defense did an excellent job against Marquette in the First Round. In the Round of 32, they upset Duke to move on to the Sweet 16. They destroyed Baylor by a score of 70-50 to advance to the Elite 8 where they defeated Florida to cash their ticket to the Final Four.
Gonzaga has continually failed to reach their potential in recent years, but have finally made their first Final Four in school history. They were easily the most overlooked top seed coming into the tournament, but have silenced their doubters.
The Bulldogs beat South Dakota State to open the tournament by 20 points. They faced Northwestern in the Round of 32 and won what would end up being a close game by a score of 79-73. West Virginia’s top defense awaited them in the Sweet 16. They managed to play a tough game, but Gonzaga still pulled off a three-point victory. One of their easiest games, however, came in the Elite 8. Xavier had made a strong run in the tournament, but all their momentum came to a halt as Gonzaga dominated, winning 83-59.
The odds opened in this game with Gonzaga as a -6.5 favorite. The odds have moved to -7 at most sportsbooks as of this writing. Betting action between the two sides has been mostly even, will South Carolina taking in slightly more wagers.
It would have been great to get this one at -6.5 as I did, but I still think there is plenty of value at -7. Beware, however, that Gonzaga definably seems like the sharp side in this one and the line will likely increase in their favor.
The Bulldogs are simply more talented than the Gamecocks. It’s been quite a run for South Carolina, but that is coming to an end on Saturday night. They’re a strong defensive team, and they have a significant size advantage over SC. If Gonzaga is hitting shots from outside like they did against Xavier, along with their strong inside game, this one could be over quickly.
Pick: Gonzaga -7
Oregon (3) versus North Carolina (1) -5 Total: 152.5
The Ducks came into the tournament with an injury to their star player but persevered even without forward, Chris Boucher. They’re now in the Final Four.
Oregon easily took care of Iona by a score of 93-77 in their first game of the tournament. They ran into trouble against Rhode Island in the Round of 32 but grinded out a tough victory. They beat Michigan by just a single point to advance to the Elite 8. They faced No. 1 seed with a trip to the Final Four on the line and did not disappoint. Their defense played outstanding in a 74-60 Ducks win.
UNC is coming off a National Title defeat last year. This year, they’re looking to avenge that loss and are more motivated than ever.
North Carolina easily cruised through their first game, beating Texas Southern 103-64. In the Round of 32, they beat Arkansas in what was a close game. The Tar Heels took care of Butler in the Sweet 16 by a score of 92-80. Things got a lot harder against Kentucky, but North Carolina managed to win 75-73 in what was easily their toughest test so far.
Once again, betting action has been about 50/50 on both sides as of this writing. However, the odds have moved in favor of North Carolina after they opened as -4 favorite. The Tar Heels are now -5 at most sportsbooks.
I think UNC takes this one, but them giving five points is a little too much. Oregon has shown a lot of heart this tournament and doesn’t matchup against the higher seeded Tar Heels too poorly. They have excellent guard play that should slow down Carolina, especially with Joel Berry II dealing with an ankle injury for the Tar Heels.
North Carolina has a substantial boards advantage and more depth, but the Ducks have done well with their six-man rotation so far. They should be able to hit their shots and keep this one close down to the wire. I’ll take the five points with the dog.
Pick: Oregon +5