Choosing which side of the line you prefer when you bet the NCAA tournament finals is a choice between sentimentality and talent. The UConn Huskies have overcome the NCAA Men’s Basketball odds in every game this tournament, going 5-0 SU and ATS while winning as underdogs in the last four. This is all thanks to the sublime performances of Shabazz Napier and DeAndre Daniels.
Napier faced a stiff guard dog in Scottie Wilbekin and handled him on the defensive end, which was kind of shocking to watch. With his shots hard to come by thanks to Florida’s zone schemes, the best player left in the tournament deferred to Daniels, who continued to prove that he is worth his weight in gold by pouring in 20 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. The inside-outside force that UConn possesses has made them a popular take to bet the NCAA Men’s Basketball Finals with.
Destroying the best team in the country has that kind of effect. Now, can they do it against the most talented?
Kentucky is justifiably favored in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Finals at KU -2.5 because of how they got to there. Beating up a versatile and defensively minded Wisconsin Badgers team, and an offensively contagious Michigan squad, at the last minute continued to give Kentucky life where they should have suffocated. Aaron Harrison has become a force of nature in the final minutes of the game, nailing two three pointers to win each of those games.
At some point, however, Kentucky should have blown somebody out. They’ve had a bare +2.5 point differential this entire tournament, and their largest margin of victory was against Kansas State, where they won 56-49. They’re a slow starting team that has to really on grit, determination and luck to get to the championship game and for those that bet the NCAA Men’s Basketball Finals this Monday, there’s legitimate concern that the hard charging Wildcats will lose steam somewhere during the game.
It’s also important to keep in mind that UConn’s road to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Finals has been anything but easy. They not only beat Florida, the top ranked team in the country and the pre-tournament favorite, they also handled Michigan State decisively in a 60-54 victory. The Spartans were most people’s favorite team to win it all, ranking as the most selected championship team according to bracket data by sports pools. While Kentucky has been winning games at the last second, UConn has taken games in the dying minutes and imposed their wills on some of the strongest contenders out there.
That’s why you need to consider the underdog Huskies strongly when you bet the NCAA Men’s Basketball Finals on Monday. Not only has Kentucky struggled to pull away on the scoreboard, UConn has always come through despite the lopsidedness in the matchup specifics. You’re a grown man and are allowed to spend your money however you want, but when I bet the NCAA Men’s Basketball Finals I’m taking the dog and that point cushion because I believe it will matter by the time the final second of March Madness ticks away.