2015 Final Four OddsJosh Bailey
Selection Sunday is a few hours away and what better way to kick things off than covering the teams that you should bet on to make it to the Final Four and beyond in 2015’s March Madness.
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2015 March Madness Final Four Online Betting Odds
Kentucky Wildcats -300
Kentucky not only went undefeated during the regular season, but they ended up finishing in the Top 3 in the most important defensive categories. The Wildcats allowed only 53.4 points per game on average. They allowed opponents to shoot 27.4% against them from the three-point line. Kentucky allowed opponents to shoot 35.1% against them from the field. That makes Kentucky’s D the best in the nation.
Bottom Line: The defense should send the Wildcats to the Elite Eight, but depending on the matchup, Kentucky might have some trouble making it to the Final Four. The biggest knock is that the SEC Conference is awesome in football, but not very good in basketball. Kentucky played a bunch of cream puffs. What happens when they face Duke, or Arizona or even Villanova?
Duke Blue Devils +400
Player of the Year candidate Jahlil Okafor is impossible to guard one on one. He’s an absolute must to double-team. The problem with double-teaming Okafor is that it leaves Justise Wilson, Tyus Jones and Quinn Cook out there to shoot threes and drive to the basket. Although Duke doesn’t have much depth, they might have the best starting five out of any team, including Kentucky, in the nation. Coach K will be hunting for a championship with this team.
Bottom Line: Okafor is a beast on the blocks. He’s the best player in the country. But the real reason why Duke should get to the Final Four is that their backcourt is the best in the nation. Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones are impossible to stop. As good as Kentucky has looked, this team is actually better. They’re one of the teams to back to win it all.
Wisconsin Badgers +400
Frank Kaminsky is a huge center that can shoot the three, drive to the basket, or play in the post. He’s a matchup nightmare. The supporting cast knows their roles. Plus, will there be a better coached team in the NCAA Tournament? That isn’t likely. Also, Traevon Jackson is schedule to return soon.
Bottom Line: Sure, Jackson may return soon, but will he be ready? Wisconsin will go far, no doubt, but eventually the teams with more talented front lines like Arizona, or teams with better guards like Duke will get to the Badgers. A Final Four berth isn’t out of the question, but winning the championship might be asking a lot.
Virginia Cavaliers +800
The Cavaliers defense rivaled Kentucky’s during the regular season. Virginia allowed opponents to score only 50.3 points per game on average against it. That’s not to mention that the Cavaliers played in a much better conference than the SEC, the ACC where they took on teams like Duke, Louisville and North Carolina.
Bottom Line: Yes, the defense is spectacular, but the defense and offense are both struggling without Justin Anderson. Anderson should be back from an appendectomy soon, but in what shape is he going to be in? Without Anderson at 100%, Virginia could make an early exit from the tournament.
Arizona Wildcats +1200
Arizona appears to have the whole package. The starting five rivals Duke’s with Kaleb Tarczewski, Stanley Johnson, T.J. McConnell, Rondae-Hollis Jefferson and Brandon Ashley all great defenders and terrific scorers. McConnell is one of the few true point-guards in the nation while the bench players, especially Gabe York, provide valuable minutes and points. This team is loaded.
Bottom Line: The Wildcats shoot 49% from the field, average close to 80 points, and drain threes at 35.6%. They’re also a dynamite defensive team. Since losing to ASU in February, the Wildcats have been as good, if not better, than any team in the nation. That includes Duke and Kentucky. Arizona is the play win the title at the current odds.
Villanova Wildcats +1200
Villanova has quietly dominated the Big East this season. Up until two weeks ago nobody was talking about giving the Wildcats a top seed. As it stands now, the Wildcats are likely to garner the top seed in the West ahead of Arizona. ‘Nova may not be as talented as Kentucky or Duke, but they might have the best coach in Jay Wright.
Bottom Line: The defense doesn’t appear to be as good as Arizona’s, but it’s better than Duke’s. Plus, Villanova has not only proven to be exceptional straight up, but they’ve also proven it against the spread by going 22 and 8 ATS. If they get the number one seed in the West, they probably won’t make it to the Final Four because Arizona will be the number two seed. But if they get a number two seed anywhere else, watch out.