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Final Four Or Bust For Oregon

The Oregon Ducks could have seen a massive regression from their Elite Eight performance last season, but now it appears like they have one more chance to win it all. Oregon got some wonderful news when Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey both decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to Eugene next season.

Brooks paced the team last season with 16.7 points per game while also finishing second in assists and rebounds per game. More than just statistics, it will be Brooks’ versatility and ability to play multiple spots in the lineup that is a huge boost to Oregon.


No.1 Seed Dominating No.2 Seed in Finals

March Madness Finals Brice Johnson UNC

Only two teams remain out of the 68 that entered the NCAA Tournament field, as North Carolina and Villanova face off Monday with the winner cutting down the nets in Houston. A No.1 seed and No. 2 seed have faced off against one another in the Finals on three occasions since 1996, with the top seed going a perfect 3-0 SU and ATS in those affairs. Those three winning No.1 seeds have sported a combined +11.7 average scoring margin with only the 2012 Kentucky team winning by single-digits.

Meetings between the Tar Heels and Wildcats have been few and far between with just one contest since the start of the 2013 season, though UNC won and covered in that affair (March 22, 2013).

North Carolina enters the final game of the tournament dominating, as they have won each of their games during March Madness by double-digits with their smallest margin of victory coming against Notre Dame in the Elite Eight, a game they won by 14 points. Brice Johnson has been unstoppable during the NCAA Tournament with the senior averaging 20 points and 9.6 rebounds while shooting 61.4 percent from the floor.

Things were not much different for Villanova, as the Wildcats steamrolled nearly every team in their way with just No.1 Kansas managing to stay within 15 points at the final whistle. The Wildcats are coming off a performance for the ages in which they shot over 70 percent from the floor while holding one of the best shooting teams in recent memory to just 31 percent. Josh Hart had his best game of the tourney against Oklahoma, as the junior tallied 23 points and hit a ridiculous 80 percent of his shots.

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Syracuse Looking To Exorcise Demons

Syracuse UNC March Madness Final Four

Syracuse is the Cinderella this season, but if they don’t want the clock to hit midnight in the Final Four they will need to reverse history. The Orange faceoff against their ACC rivals in North Carolina in Houston Saturday, a team they have gone 0-3 SU against since the start of 2014. Despite being sizable dogs in each of those three affairs, Syracuse is 1-1-1 ATS and has an average scoring margin of -8 points against UNC, so they are able to keep it tight.

In the two games the Tar Heels and Orange faced one another this season it was the depth of UNC that ultimately made the biggest difference. UNC’s bench outscored their Syracuse counterparts 82-18 in those two contests.

Syracuse’s trip to the Final Four is mind-boggling. The Orange made it through the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament without facing a seed higher than seventh and was given little chance to get past No.1 seeded Virginia. But a ridiculous second-half comeback/implosion by Virginia has Syracuse travelling to Houston. It was freshman Malachi Richardson who came up big in the Elite Eight as the Trenton, New Jersey-native scored a game-high 23 points.

Ultimately, UNC has yet to face much of a challenge so far in March Madness. The Tar Heels have won six of their eight games in the month of March by double-digits while posting an average winning percentage of +16.0 points through the tourney so far. Brice Johnson continues to be a legitimate Most Outstanding Player recipient with the senior averaging 21 points and 9.8 rebounds while shooting 63 percent from the floor.

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Betting Numbers For The Final Four

Here's a look at some numbers, betting trends and key statistics to help you quickly handicap the Final Four: 

-Oklahoma’s “Core Four” — seniors Buddy Hield, Isaiah Cousins and Ryan Spangler and junior Jordan Woodard— are starting their 105th consecutive game together on Saturday.

-Villanova has faced the highest possible seed in every round—a No. 15 (UNC Asheville), a No. 7 (Iowa), a No. 3 (Miami) and the No. 1 overall seed (Kansas


Why Each Team Remaining Can Win

The Final Four is set and it features four teams that couldn't be any more different. Villanova’s defense-first approach will clash with Oklahoma’s shoot-the-lights-out offense while an incredibly well rounded UNC will take on this year’s Cinderella, Syracuse.

These four teams offer unique schemes and attacks, but each looks to win their games their way. With that in mind, we look at how each remaining team in the Final Four can become the last team standing.


Rare Final Four Appearance for OU, Nova

Villanova and Oklahoma have long standing histories of making the NCAA Tournament and then sort of fizzling out, which makes their Final Four matchup Saturday even more critical to both programs. This will be just the second appearance in the Final Four for either team since 1990 with both the Sooners and Wildcats losing their previous outings SU and ATS.

Though it was very early in the season, Oklahoma did beat Villanova 78-55 in the Pearl Harbor Classic in their lone meeting this season. It was a typical game for OU with their starters combing for 77 percent of their offense while shooting 53.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Wildcats struggled mightily in that game with their shooting as the team went just 31.7 percent from the floor and 12.5 percent from three.

You can’t talk about Oklahoma without first talking about Buddy Hield. The senior is the best pure scorer in the nation and has proven that he loves the bright lights, as Hield has averaged 29.2 points per game while shooting 70 percent from the field and 47 percent from beyond the arc during March Madness. Though Buddy Buckets gets most of the attention, the Sooners feature a veteran-laden lineup that has shot an impressive 48.5 percent during the tournament. The key will be protecting the ball as OU can be turnover prone.

If there is any defense left in March Madness that can stop Oklahoma, it is Villanova. The Wildcats have held their opponents, which include both Kansas and Miami, to an average of 63 ppg during the tournament with none breaking the 70-point mark. Offensively, Villanova is balanced with four players averaging double-digit points in the tourney. ‘Nova has struggled against potent backcourts throughout the season and they will need to rectify that against OU.

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CBI Tournament - Morehead State Eagles Face the Nevada Wolf Pack: NCAA Basketball Odds and Betting Trends

Lawlor Events Center will host Morehead State Eagles vs Nevada Wolf Pack action on Friday as both teams try to pay off for those betting on NCAA basketball odds action.

The Nevada Wolf Pack sport a record of 22-14 and 19-15 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Morehead State Eagles have 23-13 and 19-15 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 17-17 for the Nevada Wolf Pack and 17-17 for the Morehead State Eagles.

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Postseason NIT - George Washington Colonials vs Valparaiso Crusaders NCAA College Basketball Betting

George Washington Colonials will go to the free throw line vs Valparaiso Crusaders on Thursday, hoping to boost its 27-10 record with a victory while beating the betting lines set by odds makers.

The Valparaiso Crusaders sit at 30-6 (17-17 ATS) on the college basketball season. By comparison, the George Washington Colonials are currently 27-10 (17-17-1 ATS). Looking to bet on the total points scored? Valparaiso is 16-18 OU, and George Washington is 19-16 OU.

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2016 NCAA Tournament Odds Tracker

There is nothing quite like looking back to the past and seeing the potential money that you could have made had you placed a futures bet at the right time. With the NCAA Tournament now down to just UNC and Villanova, we look back at the futures markets throughout the season to see when each team offered the best value for bettors.

Of course, UNC has been the favorite or in the top five all season long while Villanova was hanging around the fringes of the top 10 teams according to the odds. 



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