Date/Time: April 5, 2014, 6:09 p.m. EST
The Final Four is finally here and the best teams in college basketball remain. Many knew that the No. 1 ranked Florida Gators would make it this far in the tournament, but not many believed that their opponent this Saturday would make the cut. The Connecticut Huskies busted brackets with their improbable run with impressive victories all along the way. The most impressive win to date would be the win over the Michigan State Spartans, but that will change if they can eliminate the Gators this Saturday.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Gators listed as (-6) point favorites. This number will seem low considering how well that the Gators have played of late, and the public agrees as 52 percent of the early wagering is on the Huskies.
The Huskies have manufactured a very impressive turnaround this season. The Huskies were maybe the only people in the country who believed in themselves this year. They spent last year banned from the postseason due to bad APR scores, a sting so painful that many of the players did not even watch the tournament a season ago. The Huskies beat Michigan State, 60-54, to advance out of the East Region to the Final Four — where they will go for their second national championship in four years. It is the program’s fifth Final Four appearance in 15 years. They are a powerhouse in college basketball.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that both teams have positive wagering angles in this game. The Huskies are 4-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last 4 games when they are playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games when they go up against a team with a winning straight up record and 25-10 ATS in their last 35 neutral site games. The Gators are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win, 20-9 ATS in their last 29 NCAA Tournament games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
The Huskies run may have taken everyone by surprise, but it shouldn’t. They have one of the best players in college basketball and they can shoot free throws. In a close game, the Huskies have the potential to win it and they are a very impressive 13-3 ATS in their last 16 NCAA Tournament games. The Huskies will not win, but it will be very close and that makes the points attractive in this Final Four game.
Free Pick: Connecticut Huskies +6
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