The Madness! It's mad! After two weeks of play in the NCAA Tournament, we've got a couple really predictable teams in the Final Four and two teams who came out of absolutely nowhere to reach the pinnacle of the sport of college hoops.
We'll start with the predictable. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the favorites to win the National Championship at +150. The Zags would probably be slight underdogs in the National Championship Game against the other No. 1 seed in the Final Four, the North Carolina Tar Heels, but there's no doubt they have the easier of the two games on Saturday. The Bulldogs have played tremendous basketball and made it through a very tough West Region against a docket that was about as hard as it gets. They dismissed South Dakota State after a rough half of basketball in the opening 20 minutes, then eliminated the sweethearts of the dance, Northwestern. In the second week, they handled the press of West Virginia and the intensity that a legitimate rivalry game with Arizona has brought.
But it's the Tar Heels who will probably get the most run over the course of the last few days of the college hoops season. They clearly showed they had the most talent of the bunch, and though their path to reach the Elite Eight wasn't tremendously difficult with games against Texas Southern, Arkansas and Butler, they sure as heck earned their South Region crown against Kentucky. The Wildcats were game for the full 40 minutes, and it took little known Luke Maye to hit the game-winning shot with less than a second left in the game to finish off a great team. UNC is set at +160 to win it all.
The Oregon Ducks are next in line at +400, and they're surely live. The fact of the matter is that the Midwest Region was always there for the taking. Kansas always looked like a beatable team. Louisville was looked upon as the worst of the No. 2 seeds. Rhode Island took care of business against Creighton in the first round. Michigan, though hot, was always a team that figured to run out of gas. So sure, things broke Oregon's way. But the Ducks really came on strong against Kansas at the end, and that was their best game in what has been a tumultuous season.
And then there's the South Carolina Gamecocks. This was a Top 25 team that nobody believed in. They were the No. 7 seed in the East Region, and when they were faced with their biggest adversaries, they found a way to conjure up an offense most never knew they had the ability to play. Sindarius Thornwell has become a household name over the course of the last two weeks, scoring over 100 points in the dance, and now, SC has become the first team since VCU in 2011 to reach the Final Four without being favored in any game anywhere along the way to get there. Are the odds on the Gamecocks long to win the National Championship at +600? Sure. But they were also long to win the East Region at +4000. The Gamecocks hadn't won a game against a team in the NCAA Tournament since January 18. Now, they have four in a row.
Odds To Win the NCAA Tournament at BookMaker.eu
North Carolina +160
South Carolina +600
March Madness is the name associated with the end-of-season NCAA Division I Basketball Championship tournament held every spring.
Also referred to as the Big Dance, this exciting playoff tournament has become one of the nation's most prominent sports betting events each year, driving CBS Sports and Turner Sports to strike an $11 billion deal with the NCAA for exclusive rights to broadcast the NCAA Tournament from 2011-2024.
You won't have to wait long to bet on some exciting action in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, as this year's March Madness will feature drama right off the bat.
While most fans will wait until Thursday's round of 64 to start betting on the March Madness tournaments, the tourney actually begins Tuesday with some intriguing battles in the First Four.
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