Elite Eight Betting Odds – Which 2 Will Go To the Final 4: UConn, Mighigan State, Kentucky, MichiganNoah Williams
The defending champions, a number one seed, and two physical teams with tons of momentum went down on Friday and now the Elite Eight betting odds for Sunday’s games are set. I’m here with some betting picks on the two matchups and you honestly can’t ask for more from these games. Connecticut, Michigan State, Kentucky and Michigan are four of the most celebrated programs in recent history. Which ones will prevail and reach the Final Four?
My Elite 8 Pick is the UConn Huskies +5.5 over the MSU Spartans (2:20pm EST)
I can’t write enough about how amazing Shabazz Napier is, and while I’ve constantly appreciated his talents I’ve also been speculative of his game breaking abilities. Well he’s put all that to rest after demolishing Iowa State on Friday night with 19 points. He certainly wasn’t alone as big man DeAndre Daniels submitted a spectacular double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds.
Even after a titanic performance against a never-say-die team like the Cyclones, the Huskies now face Elite Eight betting odds as underdogs for the third consecutive game. Michigan State is certainly a powerhouse and is showing the type of resiliency and poise they lacked at stretches this season, but they do not have an elite defender who can shut down Napier and that’s a massive concern.
I don’t like how Michigan State can’t seem to take over the rebounding department either. Adreian Payne is getting pushed around an absurd amount in this tournament, and while the Spartans continue to pick up wins they’re also the only team in the tournament that hasn’t covered a game so far. UConn has struggled against larger teams so only Kentucky, Florida, Arizona and possible Wisconsin can give them a handful. In the interim, they’re a fantastic take as the public continues to undersell Napier and overvalues the Spartans.
My Elite 8 Pick is the Kentucky Wildcats -1.5 over the Michigan Wolverines (5:05pm EST)
Kentucky’s impressive, comeback victory over Louisville was ridiculous. They had to dig themselves out of a seemingly impossible first-half hole, and then do so again at the end of the second to win a shocker. Louisville simply doesn’t lose in those types of situations. The way that Kentucky muscled the win was astounding as they turned to their athletic defense to shut down Russ Smith, the long range weapons of Louisville who seemed too hot to handle in the opening minutes.
Once again, the Harrison brothers were the one-two punch for Kentucky as they combined for 29 points while Julius Randle amassed yet another double-double with 15 tough points and 12 rebounds overall. This Kentucky team is a juggernaut right now, and are 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS in tournament play. Are you going to be brave enough to bet against their Elite Eight betting odds? Have you seen what this team is capable of?! We’re all realizing now why the Wildcats were the preseason favorite.
Michigan is a dangerous team but they’ve also run in to some relatively soft matchups. Texas and Wofford were pushovers, and while Tennessee is a very good team, I don’t think that anyone ever considered them a true championship contender. So while I think very highly of Michigan, they’re about to run in to a freight train that is chugging along at full steam and has devoured some extremely competitive teams thus far. The Elite Eight betting odds on this game should tell you all you need to know as I expect Kentucky’s size and skill to prevail against a Wolverines team that won’t be prepared to handle these insanely gifted Wildcats.