Will The Coaches Cry? Final Four Betting Odds And Locations To Wager
- Aside from Tom Izzo, each coach is making their first appearance to a Final Four.
- The Virginia Cavaliers are the favorite to bring home the title, followed by Michigan State.
- It is estimated that $8.5 billion will be wagered on March Madness.
MINNEAPOLIS – With four teams remaining in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the battle to cut down the nets is nearing its conclusion.
However, the ability to legally gamble on the Final Four is far from over. Aside from the game-line bets you can place, you also have the ability to wager on who will win the tournament, first half betting lines, and prop bets like “Will Bruce Pearl Change Shirts At Halftime?” (Yes is +250) or “Will A Coach Cry In The Post Game Interview?”.
Whether you are gambling with an offshore bookmaker or an in-state sportsbook, the process of laying your money down is the same.
Auburn Vs Virginia
The only remaining 1 seed, the University of Virginia, is favored to be the last team standing, as they must first get past the number 5 seed Auburn Tigers. This will be a battle of tempo as Virginia only allows 55.4 points per game, whereas Auburn averages 80.2 points per game.
The streaking Tigers have won 14 of their last 15, but scoring above their average has happened only 5 times in that span. Meanwhile, the defensive-powered Cavaliers have won 17 of their last 19. The spread is -5, in favor of the Cavs.
The over/under for the Auburn UVA game is set at 131 total points. Virginia is holding their opponents to 57.75 points since the beginning of the tournament, but the offensive-minded Tigers have come on strong as of late. Their 85.25 points per game in the tournament is indicative of the game speed they prefer to play at.
Texas Tech Vs Michigan State
For the other contest, the 2 seed Michigan State Spartans will battle against the 3 seed Texas Tech Red Raiders. Michigan State is spearheaded by coach Tom Izzo, who is making his eighth trip to the Final Four since 1999 season. The Spartans have been shooting fairly poorly from the few attempts they have gotten to the charity stripe – which is always an important factor in closing out ball games.
The Red Raiders have been led by their defensive play all season, as the team has posted the best adjusted defensive efficiency rating in KenPom history. Coming out of the half strong, Texas Tech has outshined their tournament opponents by a score of 91-48 in the first 10 minutes of the second half. This mid-game adjustment could cause problems for the Spartans, who typically abide by the same rule for every game – rebound, rebound, rebound.
The spread of this game is slightly closer as the Spartans are favored by 2.5 points. The over/under is set at 132.
Betting Online Vs Betting In-State
There are currently eight states that have legalized sports betting, with sportsbooks up and running. Any of these locations will offer betting lines on the Final Four: Nevada, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Mississippi, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, West Virginia.
Luckily, none of the New Jersey, Delaware, or Rhode Island teams made it this far, as state regulations prevent sportsbooks from offering betting lines on in-state colleges.
However, even if they did, bettors would still be able to use offshore betting sites that would allow for wagering. Most of these sites offer better odds anyway, as local players do not affect the line by over-betting on the same team.
Arkansas, New York, and DC have approved measures to enable legal sports betting, but they have yet to launch their industry.
Next year’s Final Four will take place in Atlanta, Georgia – LegalSportsBettingSites.com knows it's a state unlikely to permit sports wagering anytime in the near future. However, betting outlets are being introduced all over the country to take in the estimated $8.5 billion that have been placed on March Madness.