Where Will Final Four Betting Odds Settle?

Jeff Grant

Monday, March 31, 2014 8:24 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 8:24 PM UTC

This year's NCAA Tournament Final Four has been set, and sports bettors will be busy tracking the odds movement for the next few days as we near tip off. Where do we expect the betting lines to settle come game time?

Let’s take a closer look at what sports bettors should expect to see on the SBR Odds page over the next six days.

Compare the NCAA Tournament Betting Futures as we enter the Final Four

The Florida Gators and Kentucky Wildcats have been established as Final Four favorites, but college basketball handicappers should expect movement in the marketplace heading into Saturday.


Kentucky Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers
The Wildcats opened up as two-point favorites over the Badgers—a number that’s not very surprising given their recent performances.

Kentucky is coming off a 75-72 victory over the Michigan Wolverines as 2.5-point favorites in the Elite 8, which happens to be a very important result in constructing the betting odds for its upcoming matchup.

The Wolverines were Big Ten Conference regular season champions—a league that included the Badgers. 

I’m expecting this number to close at three due to the Wildcats receiving a ton of national press all year, with professionals supporting the Badgers due to knocking off three teams that received No. 1 seeds in this event over the course of the year. 

Opening Line:  Kentucky -2

Current Line:  Kentucky -2    

Expected Closing Line:  Kentucky -3


Connecticut Huskies vs. Florida Gators
The Gators opened up as seven-point favorites over the Huskies, but that number has fallen to as low as six on the SBR Odds page Monday morning.

Florida will also be laying points against either Kentucky or Wisconsin if it manages to land in the championship game in seven days.

I wouldn’t be shocked if a majority of the betting public supports the underdog in this spot, especially since it just watched Connecticut knock off powerhouse Michigan State—a team that received a huge amount of action to win it all before the 2014 NCAA Tournament started. 

In my opinion, the Huskies may be overvalued at this point due to playing their previous two games at Madison Square Garden—a venue in close proximity to their fan base.

Opening Line:  Florida -7 (+101)

Current Line:  Florida -6

Expecting Closing Line:  Florida -7


Betting Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
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