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March Madness Betting: A Quick Look at The Final Four

Your basketball blog is probably loaded with Final Four news as the NCAA Tournament is almost complete, but there are two intriguing matchups on Saturday before Monday’s championship game.

Louisville Kentucky Odds – Saturday, 6:09 PM ET

Most sportsbook reviews would tell you that there is no shortage of storylines heading into this matchup of rivals from the “Bluegrass State”. There is the history between Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Louisville counterpart Rick Pitino, who brought the last national championship to Lexington in 1996. The Cardinals are underdogs from the Big East who weren’t supposed to get here, while the Wildcats are the No.1 overall seed and were expected to be here by everyone from experts to those that use price per head software.

The fans don’t like each other, the players don’t like each other, the coaches don’t like each other; both are considered among the best defensive teams in the country. The Wildcats beat the Cardinals 69-62 in Lexington on New Year’s Eve for their third straight win over Louisville, which is why the 8.5-point spread is worrying. The Cardinals are going to get up for this game, but they don’t have the offensive firepower to take down the Wildcats, which is why Kentucky should be your straight-up pick. If you want to bet against the spread, take Louisville.

Ohio State Kansas Odds – Saturday, 8:49 PM ET

The March Madness betting spread for this contest is 2.5 points, and like Louisville and Kentucky, these two have met this season as the Jayhawks beat the Buckeyes 78-67 in Lawrence on December 10th. This is a meeting of two undersized power forwards in Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Kansas’ Thomas Robinson, and both have enough perimeter help to make the opposition pay when they double down on the big men. However, this game could be won at the point where Kansas’ Tyshawn Taylor will go up against Ohio State’s Aaron Craft.

Taylor was a force in the Jayhawks’ win over North Carolina and when he can take care of the ball, the Jayhawks are incredibly tough to beat, but Craft is one of the best on-the-ball defenders in the country. In the end, the Jayhawks are too deep and they have a little more size on the inside to deal with Sullinger (expect a big game out of Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, center Jeff Withey) in a game that won’t be for the faint of heart as there will be tons of banging in the post. It’s going to come down to the last few minutes, but you should wager on Kansas to cover the sports betting spread in this contest.

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