Final Four Betting Trends You MUST Know!

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Swinging Johnson

Saturday, March 31, 2018 4:23 PM GMT

Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018 4:23 PM GMT

The Final Four is tonight and the national championship is just a few days away. Let’s check out some significant trends and the college basketball odds as well!

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No. 1 East - Villanova (34-4 SU, 26-12 ATS) Best Line Offered: Villanova -5 vs. Kansas at BookmakerOdds to Win Championship: -103 at 5Dimes

· Villanova is 4-0 ATS in their last four games as a favorite.

· Villanova is 22-8 ATS in their last 30 games following a straight up win.

· Villanova is 5-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS win.

· Villanova is 5-1 ATS in their last six NCAA Tournament games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5.

· Villanova is 21-8 ATS in their last 29 neutral site games.

Junior guards Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson are the two top stars and soon-to-be NBA players that have led the Wildcats this season. Shooting beyond the arc is part of the team’s repertoire as evidenced by the fact that six Villanova players have made at least 39 percent of their 3-pointers and the team led the nation in scoring, averaging 86.6 points per game. However, what has taken this team to new heights is their stingy defense in the postseason. Nova has surrendered an average of just 64 points per game in their four tournament victories. The Cats are back and the college basketball odds reflect that, as Villanova is the favorite to win it all.

No. 1 Midwest - Kansas (31-7 SU, 20-16 ATS)Best Line Offered: Kansas +5 vs. Villanova at BookmakerOdds to Win Championship: +385 at 5Dimes

· Kansas is 6-1 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog.

· Kansas is 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600.

· Kansas is 5-1 ATS in their last six games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5.

· Kansas is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win.

· Kansas is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.

Like their opponents on Saturday night, Kansas has a backcourt full of talent. Devonte' Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk have been the brightest lights to shine this season for the Jayhawks but Malik Newman has come alive in the postseason. When their conference tournament began back on March 8th, an 82-68 Kansas win over Oklahoma State, Newman began his offensive assault, leading the team in scoring in six of the seven games spanning the Big 12 tournament right on into the Big Dance. If their big bopper down low, Udoka Azubuike, can stay out of foul trouble this Jayhawks crew could pull a huge upset and become the favorite in the championship game on Monday night.

No. 3 West – Michigan (30-5 SU, 15-19 ATS)Best Line Offered: Michigan -5 vs. Loyola-Chicago at YouWagerOdds to Win Championship: +265 at 5Dimes

· Michigan is 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite.

· Michigan is 8-3-2 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games.

· Michigan is 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games following a straight up win.

· Michigan is 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5.

· Michigan is 13-3-2 ATS in their last 18 games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600.

Defense has been the key to Michigan’s success this season, ranked 8th in the nation in points allowed, and that has guided them throughout the tournament holding their eight postseason opponents (including their Big Ten tournament foes) to 61.8 points per game. The Wolverines have now won 13 straight games and have rewarded those who have backed them in their college basketball picks handsomely with a 10-2-1 ATS mark. Of course, no one disputes their steel curtain of a defense but the question mark is how will their offense fare against the lock-down defense of Loyola? And if they do get past the Ramblers, can they contain the explosive offenses that will come to bear when they tip off against either Villanova or Kansas?

No. 11 South – Loyola-Chicago (32-5 SU, 24-9 ATS)Best Line Offered: Loyola-Chicago +5 ½ vs. Michigan at BovadaOdds to Win Championship: +1325 at 5Dimes

· Loyola-Chicago is 6-1 ATS in their last seven Saturday games.

· Loyola-Chicago is 4-0 ATS in their last four NCAA Tournament games as an underdog.

· Loyola-Chicago is 6-0 ATS in their last six neutral site games.

· Loyola-Chicago is 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5.

· Loyola-Chicago is 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600.

Loyola-Chicago is better known for their fairy godmother, Sister Jean, than any of the Ramblers’ players responsible for this miraculous Cinderella story. Speedy, resourceful, and incredibly clutch are three adjectives used to describe this little team from the obscure Missouri Valley Conference. But don’t let their pedigree, or lack thereof, fool you. Loyola-Chicago is making its shots count, shooting over 60 percent from inside the arc and getting heavenly bounces when the game is on the line. However, before we get too carried away, a No. 11 seed has never won a national championship because as the tourney advances the blue-chip talent they face becomes better and in greater abundance. But then again, there’s never been a Sister Jean channeling divine intervention for her little team that could.

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