Which Final Four team has the best shot at the national championship?
With the 2017 Final Four quickly approaching, college basketball betting enthusiasts everywhere need to know which one of the remaining four national title contenders is offering the best chance of winning this season’s March Madness national championship.
To that end, I’m going to offer up some expert analysis on each Final Four participant in an effort to help you make the most out of your final 2016-17 college hoops wagers.
Now, let’s get started.
Final Four Odds To Win The NCAA Hoops Title
Odds On UNC Winning The 2017 NCAA Title: +130
North Carolina was once a +2000 pick to win the national championship, but now, the Tar Heels are favored to bring home the bacon by many oddsmakers and it’s easy to see why. North Carolina can score the ball as well as any team remaining as evidenced by the fact that the Heels averages 85.0 points per game (ninth) this season. More importantly, Carolina is the best rebounding team in the nation (43.7 rpg) and has a huge edge down low on each of the three remaining title contenders because of their trio of 6-10 big men. Oh, did I forget to mention the fact that the Heels also have the ACC Player of the Year on their roster in 6-8 swingman Justin Jackson (18.2 ppg) and an experienced floor leader in Joel Berry II? Carolina is loaded – and super hungry – after falling just short a year ago.
Odds On Gonzaga Winning The 2017 NCAA Title: +175
I’ll admit that I was once like a lot of oddsmakers that thought Gonzaga wasn’t nearly as good as some other nationally-ranked title contenders because of their level of competition in the mediocre West Coast Conference, but now, my eyes have been opened and so have those of expert oddsmakers everywhere.
Gonzaga has gone from a +6000 longshot contender to value-packed +175 pick to win it all and it’s easy to see why after watching them hold West Virginia to just 58 points in the Sweet Sixteen and Xavier to just 59 points in the Elite Eight. The Bulldogs rank an impressive 14th in scoring (83.2 ppg) and a stellar fourth in points allowed nationally (60.9 ppg) while limiting their opponents to just 36.4 percent shooting from the field to rank a stupendous second nationally.
Gonzaga has a quartet of players that average double figures in scoring, one of the best head coaches in all of college basketball and a ton of desire to show they can play with college basketball’s ‘big boys’.
Odds On Oregon Winning The 2017 NCAA Title: +530
Oregon has been nationally-ranked all season long but I don’t think many hoops experts and fans expected the Ducks to really cash in on their once, value-packed +4000 odds to win it all.
Still, Oregon has done just that and now they look like they could reach the national championship as a +530 pick seeing as how they rank inside the national top 50 at both ends of the floor and have at least two sure-fire NBA performers on their roster in Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks.
Oregon averages a solid 78.9 points er game (49th) while limiting the opposition to just 65.5 points per game defensively (36th). Tyler Dorsey has morphed into Oregon’s best player and has scored at least 20 points in seven straight games while scoring an identical 27 points twice in the NCAA Tournament, including against Kansas in the Elite Eight. If the 6’4” sophomore shooting guard continues his form, the Ducks could soar!
Odds On South Carolina Winning The 2017 NCAA Title: +850
If you’re sick to your stomach that you didn’t bet on South Carolina as a whopping +30000 pick to win the national championship, don’t feel bad…no one saw the Gamecocks’ March Madness run coming.
Nevertheless, South Carolina looks like the best value pick to win the national championship and I believe they’ll at least have a legitimate shot after watching them get past nationally-ranked Duke, Baylor and Florida in their last three games.
South Carolina’s defense has been rock-solid in limiting the opposition to jus 64.9 points per game this season (31st) while holding Florida to 70 points the last time out and Baylor to just 50 points in the Sweet 16.
Not only that but the Gamecocks have arguably the best player remaining in the tournament in Sindarius Thornwell with the senior shooting guard scoring at least 24 points in each tourney game so far.
For me, I like Carolina first and foremost, followed by picks for Gonzaga, South Carolina and lastly, Oregon in one of the most unexpected Final Fours in recent March Madness memory.