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Villanova Tops March Madness National Championship Odds

Villanova Tops March Madness National Championship Odds - Bovada Sportsbook

Fresh off a decisive 95-79 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks in Final Four action, the Villanova Wildcats look toward Monday’s national championship clash with the Michigan Wolverines as 7-point favorites on the 2018 March Madness championship odds.

Villanova shooters found the groove in Saturday’s rout of the Jayhawks as 5-point chalk, connecting on a Final Four-record 18 three-pointers to extend the team’s streak of wins by double-digit margins to nine going into Monday night’s matchup at the Alamodome.

The Wildcats have run up the score with regularity, averaging 84.8 points per game at this year’s tournament, and have topped 90 points on four occasions over their past nine overall. However, those numbers have not yielded consistent results in totals betting, with the OVER failing to prevail in consecutive outings during a 3-3-0 run.

Villanova has been a steady bet otherwise, tallying against the spread wins in all five outings at this year’s NCAA Tournament. That has fueled an 11-2-0 ATS run in its past 13 March Madness outings, including a 77-74 victory over North Carolina as 2-point underdogs in the 2016 national championship game.

The Wildcats’ strong play at this year’s tournament has also bolstered their position on the March Madness National Championship odds. After closing out the regular season trailing Virginia at No.2 in the AP Top 25 rankings, Villanova entered March Madness alongside the Cavaliers as a +600 co-favorite to claim this year’s tournament crown, and is perched as a -300 favorite to raise the hardware on Monday night.

 

Michigan Rides Long SU Winning Streak into Monday

The Wolverines punched their ticket to their first national championship game appearance in five years by disposing of the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers with a 69-57 victory as 5.5-point favorites, and ride an impressive 14-game straight-up win streak into their clash with Villanova.

Michigan made limited gains after opening the tournament at +1000 on the 2018 NCAAB National Championship odds, climbing to +800 following dominating opening-weekend wins over Radford and Alabama. A lopsided 99-72 win over Texas A&M as 2.5-point chalk in Elite Eight action subsequently gave the third-seeded Wolverines a lift to the +265 odds they sport entering Monday’s matchup.

The Wolverines have also enjoyed recent success as betting underdogs, claiming the outright victory in four of five outings when tagged with positive odds, capped by an impressive 75-66 win over Purdue as 4-point underdogs in this year’s Big Ten Tournament championship game. The OVER has also regularly paid out when Michigan takes the court as an underdog, going 4-0-1 in its past five.

However, the Wolverines will need to buck a number of historical trends to take home their first national championship victory since 1989. No.3 seeds have struggled in tournament matchups with top seeds in recent years, going 2-9 SU in 11 meetings since 2007, including the Texas Tech Red Raiders, who fell 71-59 to Villanova last weekend as 6-point underdogs.

Three-seeds are also winless SU in two national championship game meetings with top seeds since 1985, with the most recent No.1 versus No.3 clash taking place in 1991 when No.1 Duke knocked off No.3 Kansas by a 72-65 score.

Conversely, top seeds are 14-5 SU in 19 national championship matchups with lower-seeded opponents since 1985.

 

*Odds as of April 2, 2018

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