With 64 teams eliminated from the Big Dance, only one weekend remains in the NCAA Tournament. The 2014 Final Four is set to get underway on Saturday, as Florida, UConn, Wisconsin and Kentucky battle for the national championship.
The Gators are the lone No.1 seed that was able to survive their region. Playing in the South, they proved they were deserving of being named the top overall seed in the tourney. No squad had an easier road to the Final Four than Florida, considering they won all four of their games by double-digits. The Gators are the clear favorite to win the title, with -110 odds at Bovada.lv.
Florida will play the most unlikely of the Final Four teams. When the field of 68 was selected, UConn’s odds to win it all were set at 100/1. Now, their odds sit at 7/1, and Connecticut is two victories away from a second title in four seasons. On their way to the Final Four, the Huskies defeated the No.2, No.3 and No.4 seeds in the East Region. They are the first No.7 seed to reach the Final Four, since the field was expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
On the right side of the bracket, No.2 Wisconsin is the highest seed to advance. After winning their first three tournament games by an average of nearly 22 points, the Badgers barely squeaked out a victory in the Elite Eight. They held off No.1 Arizona by a point in overtime. Bovada sets their championship odds at +325.
Despite being the higher seed, Wisconsin is the underdog in their Final Four matchup. That’s because they’re set to take on No.8 Kentucky. The Wildcats are the lowest seed remaining in March Madness, but they are no typical No.8 seed. Before the start of the season, the Wildcats were the favorites to cut down the nets on April 7. In the Midwest Region, the team showed why they had such high expectations at the start of the year. Kentucky has defeated No.1 Wichita State, No.2 Michigan and No.4 Louisville in the NCAA Tournament, all of whom were in the 2013 Final Four. At +250, they have the second-best betting odds in this year’s Final Four.
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Below are the complete betting lines for the Final Four college basketball games on Saturday, April 5. These are the consensus point spreads and totals from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas.
(7) UConn+6.5 vs. (1) Florida, 126.5
(8) Kentucky-2 vs. (2) Wisconsin, 139