2016 March Madness Final Four ATS Picks

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
Watch: TBS
Stream: TBS
Listen: Villanova vs Oklahoma

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
Watch: TBS
Stream: TBS
Listen: Syracuse vs North Carolina

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