Final Four? Not this year! Call it the Familiar Four.
We started with 68 teams, from Northern Florida to Eastern Washington and now just four remain. Probably four of the best teams to survive in any recent quest for the Men’s NCAA Tournament Championship. Click here live odds 2015 NCAA Tourney Odds.
All four of this year’s surviving teams have already made Final Four appearances in this short decade, and two have won a championship in that time. Three of the four were No. 1 seeds and favored to make it this far.
Final Four Odds To Win The 2015 Men’s NCAA Tournament
The Wildcats were desperate to beat Notre Dame in the Elite Eight. In fact, based on how the win went down, Kentucky probably should have lost that game. But, here the favorites are, in the Final Four to battle Wisconsin in the semifinals. The odds are awfully short for a team that held the hot shooting Notre Dame Irish to 28.6% from the three-point line and still only beat Notre Dame by 2 points, 68 to 66.
Kentucky will have to get past Wisconsin, who shot 66.7% from three and 55.6% from the field against Arizona in the Elite Eight, or Michigan State or Duke to win the championship. That’s not likely to happen.
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 29, 2015
The Blue Devils looked phenomenal when beating Gonzaga 66 to 52 in the Elite Eight. Duke shot 37.5% from the field. But they hit 8 of 19 three point attempts and, most surprisingly, they committed only 2 turnovers. They forced Gonzaga into 13 turnovers.
Duke proved that they could win a slugfest against what appeared to be a better defensive team on paper than they are. That should give the Dookies confidence going into their Final Four matchup with Michigan State. The odds are shorter than what you can get on Wisconsin and Michigan State, but if you don’t feel that Kentucky will win the title, you might want to put a few bucks on all of the other teams in the Final Four.
Saturday. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy. Michigan State-Duke at 6:09 p.m., followed by Kentucky-Wisconsin. pic.twitter.com/QnqRVQ7rod
— Final Four (@FinalFour) March 29, 2015
Basketball handicappers should jump all over the Badgers at those odds. Wisconsin showed that they could dominate a very good defensive team in Arizona in the Elite Eight. They should be able to have a ton of success either from the field, like Notre Dame did, or from behind the arc against Kentucky.
Wisconsin’s ability to play at any pace, and Coach Bo Ryan’s half time adjustments, should lead to a Badgers’ victory over Kentucky in the semifinal contest. Wisconsin can beat either Duke or Michigan State in the National Championship on Monday.
Michigan State +650
Talk about halftime adjustments. Michigan State was down by 8 points, 32 to 40, to Louisville in the Elite Eight at halftime. After a few Tom Izzo adjustments and more spirited play from the Travis “Don’t Call Me Shabazz Napier” Trice, the Spartans tied the Cardinals in regulation. They outscored Louisville 11 to 5 in overtime for the 76 to 70 win.
Michigan State has a good shot of beating Duke and then beating either Wisconsin or Kentucky in the National Championship. This team is too solid to not consider betting at +650.