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Jonathan ZaunApril 05, 2019
April 17, 2019

2019 NCAA Tournament Final Four: Betting Guide

This year’s edition of the Final Four tips off on Saturday, April 6. When it does, the remaining four contenders for college basketball’s crowning achievement will be an eclectic mix of familiar faces and party crashers. Let’s now take a closer look at the 2019 NCAA Final Four betting odds.

Road To NCAA Final Four

Sixty-eight teams representing every corner of the country took the court two weeks ago to begin the 2019 NCAA Men’s College Basketball National Championship Tournament. And for all 68 of them, the dream scenario entailed winning four straight games to claim their regional bracket and stamp a ticket to the Final Four. Those final four team places have now been reached, with the action taken place this weekend at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2019 NCAA Final Four Betting Preview

Boasting a #1 seed in the South region for the second straight year, and a nearly spotless record, the Virginia Cavaliers are looking to avenge last year’s historic First Round defeat to #16 UMBC. And having reached just its third Final Four ever, Virginia is hoping to secure its first National Championship in program history.

They’ll take on #5 Auburn, a perennial football powerhouse playing in the school’s first Final Four. The Tigers are responsible for some of this year’s most thrilling bracket-busting upsets, having taken down #4 Kansas, #1 North Carolina, and #2 Kentucky in three consecutive convincing victories.

In the second Saturday matchup, #3 Texas Tech is in a similar situation. Competing in the program’s first Final Four after knocking off powerhouses like #2 Michigan and #1 Gonzaga. The Red Raiders utilize a stifling defensive system – ranked 3rd in the nation at 59.0 points allowed per game – which lived up to form in holding #6 Buffalo to 58 points (27 fewer than its season average) and #2 Michigan to just 16 points at halftime.

They’ll need another defensive clampdown to beat #2 Michigan State, as the Spartans scored 78.7 points per game this season. And with fiery head coach Tom Izzo – who led his team to a 2000 NCAA Tournament win – at the helm, Michigan State is the lone remaining team with a leader who has tasted National Championship glory.

That’s the lay of the land for this year’s Final Four. So let’s now check out the NCAA Final Four betting capsules below to find all the odds and lines currently posted by online sportsbook Bovada:

#5 Auburn (30-9) vs. #1 Virginia (33-3) – 6:09 p.m. EST on CBS

The Texas Tech defense has been getting all of the publicity as of late. But that’s only because basketball fans have grown accustomed to Virginia suffocating opposing offenses.

Under the tutelage of head coach Tony Bennett, the Cavaliers led the nation in scoring defense last season with just 54.0 points per game allowed. This year’s team subsequently gave up a free throw and a half more on average at 55.4 points per game. Nonetheless, the Virginia defense was still tops in all of college basketball for the second straight season.

The only team to beat Virginia during the regular season was Duke, only the top overall seed in this year’s Tournament. So the Cavaliers are approaching world-beater status entering the Final Four.

Accordingly, Virginia is a (-5) favorite over Auburn at (-115) odds. Moneyline bettors can back the Cavs at (-240), and the team is a (+150) favorite to win the whole tourney.

On the flip side, Auburn hasn’t been deterred by supposedly superior competition, beating the vaunted Kansas Jayhawks, North Carolina Tar Heels, and Kentucky Wildcats in the team’s last three contests.

NCAA Final Four betting on the Tigers at (-5) offers a (-105) price, and they’re getting (+200) for the outright upset. If you think they can add two more pelts to their upset resume, Auburn’s odds to win the title are (+600).

#3 Texas Tech (30-6) vs. #2 Michigan State (32-6) – 8:49 p.m. EST on CBS

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo is one of the most decorated figures in college basketball. His resume includes a National Championship in 2000, a runner-up run in 2009, and nine Final Four appearances since taking over in 1995.

Conversely, his counterpart on the Texas Tech sidelines Chris Beard assumed his first NCAA head coaching position in 2015.

But Beard has completely overhauled the Red Raiders. Taking them from a 14-season drought of missing the Tournament or exiting in the first round to its first Elite Eight last year. He pushed the program one step closer this year. However, Beard and Texas Tech will still be (+2.5) underdogs at (-105) to upset Izzo and Michigan State.

Moneyline bettors are getting (+130) on Texas Tech and (-150) on Michigan State. And the teams are priced at (+425) and (+185), respectively, to win the whole shebang.

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