Upstart VCU will be looking for another shocking win in the Big Dance when they face their toughest test yet in the Elite Eight - the Kansas Jayhawks - on Sunday afternoon.
Kansas (35-2 SU, 18-16-1 ATS) is a heavy 11-point favorite at against a team that still has many scratching their heads as to how in the world they got this far. VCU (27-11 SU, 17-20 ATS) can’t be taken for granted as another walkover for the Jayhawks, who are now the NCAA Tournament frontrunner on the college hoops betting lines.
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VCU ran over some heavyweights in Georgetown and Purdue to get this far, and believe they have another upset in them against super heavyweight Kansas with a berth in the Final Four at stake. Kansas is just 3-5-1 ATS in its last nine games.
The Rams have been underdogs in all four of their NCAA Tournament games so far, and with the spread this wide in favor of Kansas at least a cover by VCU should be in the cards for college hoops betting faithful in this Southwest Regional Final. [ Matchup Reports and Trends on Every Game ]
Kansas beat Boston University in their opening game, but just missed covering the 23.5-point spread. The Jayhawks took down Illinois 73-59 as 8-point favorites next, while beating Richmond 77-57 as 10-point chalk in the Sweet 16.
With five games in 10 days it has been a whirlwind for the Rams, and the fatigue looks to be setting in. They survived 72-71 against Florida State in the Sweet 16 as a 4.5-point underdog, but will need to be much better if they expect to pull off a fifth straight upset in the Big Dance.
Since sneaking by Princeton in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament the Kentucky Wildcats (28-8 SU, 16-14-1 ATS) are looking more and more like they believe they can go all the way. If they think it took a lot to beat top-ranked Ohio State in the Sweet 16, then a date with North Carolina (29-7 SU, 16-16-1 ATS) is also no picnic.
Kentucky is a hungry team in search of its first Final Four appearance since they won the whole thing in 1998. The Tar Heels have been there two of the last three seasons but come into this contest with the Wildcats as slight 1-point ‘dogs.
The Wildcats' other victory in the NCAA Tournament came against West Virginia as 3.5-point chalk. Kentucky has struggled against the Tar Heels, losing six of the last seven, but is riding a nine-game win streak entering this East Regional Final.
North Carolina routed Marquette in its Sweet 16 game as a 4-point favorite, and handed Washington a loss before that while opening the tournament with a pounding of Long Island.
The Tar Heels are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 NCAA Tournament games and dominate the Wildcats head-to-head. Taking North Carolina this late in the Big Dance as an underdog at could be a very worthwhile wager to make.