The 2017 Final Four tips off Saturday, and while your brackets are probably long ago busted, we’re here to help you fulfill your Gambling Jones. You may have missed out on the big prize in your office pool, but there’s still a point spread, total and plenty of props for the two national college basketball semifinals.
No. 7 South Carolina vs. No. 1 Gonzaga, 6:09 p.m. ET, CBS
Spread: Gonzaga -7
Money Line: South Carolina +250, Gonzaga -300
Action on Saturday’s early game between Final Four newbies has been two-way in Las Vegas, the public enamored with neither team. Gonzaga may be a 1-seed, but many bettors aren’t convinced of their worthiness. Their path to Glendale has been relatively resistance-free, according to some handicappers.
South Carolina, meanwhile, epitomizes the Tournament Cinderella, upsetting Duke, Baylor and Florida on its way to the Final Four. The 7 points the Gamecocks are catching in this spot are awfully enticing.
So too is the +250 money-line price, odds proving too tempting for a lot of public bettors to pass up. Gonzaga is far from unbeatable, even by Frank Martin’s unheralded group.
But the Zags come into this showdown with an excellent betting resume, amassing a stellar 23-9-2 ATS record. In other words, if you’ve been betting the Bulldogs blindly, you’ve been doing just fine.
The Cocks, meanwhile, are a middling 15-16-2 ATS, although they’ve covered the spread in all four of their tourney games.
While the total of this contest has been as low as 136.6 and as high as 139, these have been two ‘under’ teams. South Carolina is 14-18-1 O/U on the season, and ‘under’ has cashed in 21 of the last 30 games in which the Cocks have been dogs. Gonzaga is 16-18 O/U, with four of its last five staying ‘under’ the total.
No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 1 North Carolina, 8:49 p.m. ET, CBS
Spread: UNC -5
Money line: Oregon +200, UNC -240
It’s hard to envision the public not being on North Carolina, the only traditional college basketball power still standing. The spread, however, has stood pat during early wagering, hovering between 4.5 and 5.
The Tar Heels are a solid 19-15-3 ATS this season, streaky during the regular season and hit-and-miss since tournament play started. Competition around Oregon’s level seems to give UNC fits at the betting window, though, as the Heels are just 2-4-1 ATS this season when laying 6 point or less.
Oregon is a stout 21-15-1ATS this season and won’t be fazed by the mighty Tar Heels. The Ducks have fared well as underdogs this season, beating Kansas outright last weekend in the Elite Eight and UCLA twice in Pac-12 action.
North Carolina has been an excellent ‘under’ bet this season, that wager cashing in 21 of 36 opportunities with one push. But while Oregon is 17-20 O/U on the season, ‘over’ has cashed in eight of the Ducks’ last 10 games.
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