The Orange and Tar Heels are set to square off in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.

Syracuse vs North Carolina Final Four Spread & ATS Pick

The number 1 seeded North Carolina Tar Heels pulled away from ACC foe Notre Dame in their Elite Eight game to march on to this season’s Final Four. The Tar Heels beat Notre Dame 88 to 74. Syracuse provided a 21 point turn around in the second half of their 68 to 62 win over Virginia. The second Final Four Semi-Final takes place on April 2 at 8:49 pm ET in Houston, Texas.

Bet the No. 10 Syracuse Orange vs No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels Final Four Spread & ATS Pick

The NCAA Basketball Tournament March Madness Final Four spread opened with North Carolina at -9. The Tar Heels have gone 7 and 1 ATS in their last 8 games. Syracuse has gone 7 and 1 ATS in their last 8 games as well.

Syracuse has now won 4 games in a row. The Orange has gone 5 and 5 straight up in their last 5. North Carolina has won 9 straight games.

What: March Madness – Final Four
Who: No. 10 Syracuse Orange (23-13) vs No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels (32-6)
When: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Tip-Off: 7:49 PM ET 
Where: Houston, Texas
Stadium: NRG Stadium
Spread: North Carolina -9
Moneyline: Syracuse +375 vs North Carolina -475
Game Total: 146.5
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Why Bet The No. 10 Syracuse Orange at +9

Syracuse has gotten better from game to game in the NCAA Tournament. The Orange blasted Dayton 70 to 51 in Round 1. They covered as a -1 point favorite. In Round 2, Syracuse thumped Middle Tennessee State 75 to 50 as a -6 point favorite. Those 2 wins were impressive. But, neither one of those wins were as impressive as the Sweet 16 victory over Gonzaga, a 63 to 60 win as a plus 4.5 point dog, and the win over Virginia, a 68 to 62 win as an 8 point dog. In both the win over the Zags and the win over the Cavaliers, Syracuse had to come back from deficits. This team is good.

Why Bet The No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels at -9

North Carolina is the best overall team in the Final Four. The Tar Heels can beat you in so many ways. They haven’t scored less than 83 points in any single game during the NCAA Tournament. What’s surprising about that is that the Tar Heels only scored 83 against Florida Gulf Coast, a team that likes to run and gun like they do. What North Carolina did was control the pace in that 83 to 67 Round 1 win. They blitzed Providence 85 to 66. They manhandled Indiana 101 to 86. They pulled away from Notre Dame 88 to 74.

Expert Final Four ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction

Syracuse lost both games versus North Carolina during the regular season. In the first game on Jan. 9, the Orange lost 73 to 84. In the second game on Feb. 29, the Orange lost 70 to 75.

One of the issues that Syracuse is going to have in this game is North Carolina’s ability to break down the press with three-point shooting and dribble penetration. Marcus Paige, Joel Berry II, Theo Pinson and Nate Britt can all dribble, penetrate and kick it out to shooters for threes or even guys like Brice Johnson and Isaiah Hicks for 15 foot jump shots.

All 4 of those guys can also go to the rack. North Carolina’s defense can be as tough as Syracuse’s on most nights as well. With that being written, it’s hard to see Syracuse just lying down for this one. I think that these 2 ACC rivals are going to battle to the end with North Carolina coming on top by less than 10 points.  

My final score prediction is North Carolina 78, Syracuse 70.
Villanova Wildcats Vs Oklahoma Sooners Final Four Odds

Villanova Wildcats Vs Oklahoma Sooners Final Four Odds

The number 2 seeded Villanova Wildcats battle the number 2 seeded Oklahoma Sooners in the Final Four on Saturday, April 2nd. Villanova upset number 1 seeded Kansas 64 to 59 to make it to Houston, Texas for the Final Four. Oklahoma drubbed Oregon 80 to 68 to win the West Region.

Bet the No. 2 Villanova Wildcats vs No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners Final Four NCAA Tournament Odds & Free Pick

The NCAA Basketball Tournament March Madness Final Four betting odds opened with Villanova as a -1 point favorite. The Wildcats have since gone to 2.5-point favorite. Villanova is 4 and 0 ATS in their last 4 games. The Oklahoma Sooners are 2 and 0 ATS in their last 2 games.

Villanova has won 16 out of their last 18 games. Oklahoma has won 9 out of their last 11 games.

What: March Madness – Final Four
Who: No. 2 Villanova Wildcats (33-5) vs No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners (29-7)
When: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Tip-Off: 5:09 PM ET 
Where: Houston, Texas
Stadium: NRG Stadium
Spread: Villanova -2.5
Moneyline: NOVA -145 vs Oklahoma +125
Game Total: 146
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Why Bet The No. 2 Villanova Wildcats At -2.5

Villanova can play any style of basketball. How good are the Wildcats to be able to slow it down against Kansas and win a 64 to 59 game? In the battle before, on Thursday night in the Sweet 16, Villanova ran Miami out of the building for a 92 to 69 win. In Round 2, Villanova dominated 87 to 68. The Wildcats beat UNCA 86 to 56 in Round 1. Villanova’s flexibility, they can run with Oklahoma or play a half-court game, might give them the edge in this Final Four Semi-Final.

Why Bet The No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners At +2.5

Oklahoma has become a talented defensive team. The expectation was that if Oklahoma were to make it to the Final Four that they’d have to outscore every team via their offense. That didn’t happen against Oregon on Saturday in the Elite Eight. The Sooners held the Ducks to 68 points. The Sooners held Oregon to 38.9% from the field and 19% from three. Oregon usually averages 78.7 points per game from 46.7% shooting from the field and over 34% shooting from three.

Free Final Four Pick & Final Score Prediction

This should be a close game. Villanova is the pick because their defense is better than Oklahoma’s. But, the Sooners have shown a willingness to play defense during this tournament.

My guess is that this is going to be a half-court game with Villanova getting the better of Oklahoma on the inside with center Daniel Ochefu. The problem that Oklahoma is going to have is that Villanova’s players can guard every one of Oklahoma’s players, including the great Buddy Hield, straight up.

Nova switches as well as any team in the nation, meaning that Josh Hart and Ryan Arcidiacono won’t have to fight through screens in order to make sure Hield doesn’t have a huge day. Oklahoma will keep it close but Villanova should win.

My final score prediction is Villanova 68, Oklahoma 63.
2016 March Madness Final Four ATS Picks

2016 March Madness Final Four ATS Picks

The Final Four is set. Villanova upset overall No. 1 seeded Kansas 64 to 59. 2 seeded Oklahoma beat No. 1 seeded Oregon 80 to 68. Villanova battles Oklahoma in the first Final Four game this Saturday on April 2.

On the other side of the bracket, Syracuse upended Virginia 68 to 62 with one of the great second half comebacks in NCAA Tournament history. The Orange battles 1 seeded North Carolina, another ACC rival, in the second Final Four game on Saturday. North Carolina beat Notre Dame 88 to 74.

2016 NCAA Tournament March Madness Final Four ATS Picks

What: March Madness – Final Four
Who: No. 2 Villanova Wildcats (33-5) vs No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners (29-7)
When: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Tip-Off: 5:09 PM ET 
Where: Houston, Texas
Stadium: NRG Stadium
Spread: Villanova -2.5
Moneyline: NOVA -145 vs Oklahoma +125
Game Total: 146
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The line has gone up from Villanova -1 to Villanova -2.5. By tip-off, the line could be Villanova -3. The Wildcats average 77 points per game. They held Kansas to only 59 points in a 64 to 59 win in the Elite 8. That’s a sign that Villanova can play any type of game that they wish.

It remains to be seen if the Wildcats choose to run with the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday. Oklahoma was awesome when absolutely pummeling Oregon 80 to 68. The Ducks were terrible switching on three-point shooters. Oregon’s interior defense also left something to be desired.

Villanova is great at doing both. The Wildcats are terrific at switching out on shooters. Daniel Ochefu and Kris Jenkins are both capable of guarding the interior. Villanova looks primed to beat Oklahoma and Buddy Hield on Saturday. I like the Wildcats to win both straight up and on the moneyline.

Straight Up Money Line Pick:   Villanova
ATS Pick: Villanova -2.5 

What: March Madness – Final Four
Who: No. 10 Syracuse Orange (23-13) vs No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels (32-6)
When: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Tip-Off: 7:49 PM ET 
Where: Houston, Texas
Stadium: NRG Stadium
Spread: North Carolina -9
Moneyline: Syracuse +375 vs North Carolina -475
Game Total: 146.5
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Both of these teams have gone 7 and 1 ATS in their final 8 games. The team that has been more impressive visually has been the North Carolina Tar Heels who never panic but somehow find a way to cover spreads.

The Tar Heels were in a back and forth game with Notre Dame until they seemed to lull the Irish to sleep with about 7 to 8 minutes to go. By that time, Notre Dame had no clue that they were 7 points and then 9 points and then 11 points behind the Tar Heels. A few threw throws later and North Carolina not only had the win, but they also had the cover ATS.

Syracuse needed to institute a press, and force Virginia into rushing on offense, in order to come back from 15 down in the second half. The Orange played a marvelous game. But, they probably won’t be able to do the same against North Carolina.
Then again, these 2 played to a 70 to 75 Syracuse loss on Feb. 29. The Orange knows how to play North Carolina tough. I think that the Tar Heels win a close one.

Straight Up Money Line Pick:  North Carolina
ATS Pick:  Syracuse -9