Well, after two weekends we’re down to just four teams in college basketball! Granted, half of them shouldn’t even be in the Final Four due scandal and academic fraud, but who cares! This is exciting! Go March Madness!
Below are your tipoff times and Vegas odds for Saturday’s games, according to this Vegas ‘insider.’
Oklahoma vs. Villanova, 6:09 pm ET, TBS
The line: Villanova by 2
North Carolina vs. Syracuse, approx 8:49 pm ET, TBS
The line: North Carolina by 9
Another interesting angle with this Final Four, other than the fact Syracuse is the first No. 10 seed EVER to reach the final weekend, is that these teams faced each other earlier in the season.
Oklahoma beat Villanova by 23. TWENTY THREE! On Dec. 7 in Hawaii. And UNC beat Syracuse twice earlier in the year in ACC play.
Predictions from the experts:
Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY – Syracuse
Yeah, he likes Syracuse?!
“Forget Xs and Os here. Syracuse has the moxie and momentum to do this. Unlike last year’s surprise Final Four team, Michigan State, Syracuse can hang with UNC and whichever team wins the left side of the bracket.”
Dicky V – UNC
My prediction – Karma
I can’t root for programs that have undoubtedly and admittedly played the system with academic fraud and improper benefits for decades. I’m hoping and praying that Villanova wins their first title since 1985 or Buddy Hield continues his break-out party en route to OU’s first national championship.