Final Four Betting Preview
After delivering five upset wins so far during March Madness does VCU have one more left in the tank for its Final Four matchup with Butler?
The Virginia Commonwealth Rams have been the underdog in all five of their tournament games so far, and every time they've come through with a stunning upset. The most shocking had to be their Elite Eight win over No. 1 seed Kansas, 71-61 as an 11.5-point underdog.
Jamie Skeen was a monster in the win with 26 points and 10 rebounds to carry the Rams to the Final Four.
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With the chance to play for a national title within their reach the only thing standing in the Rams' way is the No. 8 seed Butler Bulldogs. Butler has also torn through the tournament as the underdog, but in their matchup with VCU they are a 2.5-point favorite at Bovada.
Butler's tournament journey has included epic upset wins over No. 1 Pittsburgh and No. 4 Wisconsin, and an overtime win over No. 2 Florida. Matt Howard has been Butler's savior more than once with a game-winning buzzer-beating tip-in in their opener against Old Dominion and the game-clinching free throw against Pitt.
Shelvin Mack has also been a force for the Bulldogs with a 30-point performance against the Panthers and 27 points in the win over the Gators.
Even though either Butler or VCU will play for a national title, both teams are the underdog on the latest Final Four futures. The Bulldogs are at +300 to win a national title at Sportsbook.ag, while the Rams are a +400 underdog. Topping the list are the rest of the Final Four, Kentucky at +150 and Connecticut at +200.
While the Huskies versus the Wildcats isn't as shocking as Butler versus VCU, it still isn't a matchup most would have predicted a few weeks ago. [ Bet Butler vs VCU now at Sportsbook.ag ] UConn entered the tournament on an amazing run after winning the Big East Tournament. Many experts expected them to hit the wall in the Big Dance, but so far, led by Kemba Walker they've smashed right through it.
Walker has averaged 26.7 points per game in the tournament while leading Connecticut past Bucknell, Cincinnati, San Diego State, and Arizona. Walker and freshman Jeremy Lamb carried the Huskies past the Aztecs in the Sweet 16, combining for 60 points in a 74-67 win as 2-point underdogs. They continued to pour it on in the Elite Eight in a 65-63 win over Arizona, with a combined 39 points.
Kentucky probably fell off some people's radar after their near-tragic opening to the tournament. The Wildcats were a 13-point favorite against Princeton and almost suffered an upset in a close 59-57 win. Freshman Brandon Knight had an ugly tournament debut with two points against Princeton, but made up for it in the next round by dumping 30 points on West Virginia. [ Bet Kentucky vs UConn now at Bovada ]
Knight went quiet again against Ohio State with only nine points, but awoke in the Elite Eight with 22 points versus North Carolina. Whichever version of Knight shows up in the Final Four could determine Kentucky's fate.
The Huskies and Wildcats have met up already this season, back in November in a preseason tournament. Kentucky was a 5-point favorite, but the Huskies routed them 84-67. Walker led UConn with 29 points in that win, while Knight had a poor showing for Kentucky with six points on 3-of-15 shooting.
In the Final Four rematch the Wildcats are again favored by 2.5 points at Bovada.