Final Four Betting Preview
The 2023 March Madness tournament began with 68 teams, yet it has already made it down to the Final Four. The last four teams standing in this year’s NCAA tournament are Florida Atlantic, UConn, San Diego State and Miami. With only three games remaining in this year’s college hoops season, you can expect some high-intensity March Madness basketball between these four schools.
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For those who’ve been living under a rock, the Final Four is the last stop on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament train. It’s where the best of the best duke it out to see who will be crowned champion. This year, the competition is as fierce as ever, with four powerhouse teams ready to battle it out in the grandest stage of them all.
This year’s Final Four will be played out on the hardwood at NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday, April 1. Bovada Sportsbook has the complete Final Four betting odds available, letting you add some extra excitement to what’s already been one of the more memorable NCAA tournaments in recent memory.
Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual observer, there’s something for everyone in college basketball. From heart-stopping buzzer-beaters to jaw-dropping dunks, March Madness is when legends are made, heroes are born, and Cinderella stories come to life. Now let’s take a look at both Final Four matchups and get ready for should be an incredible end to the NCAA basketball season.
March Madness Recap (Elite Eight)
If you were worried about this being the first Elite Eight in tournament history to not include any #1 seeds, you can breathe easy. We had four great matchups during the Elite Eight portion of this year’s March Madness tournament.
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The first game on Saturday featured the tournament’s lowest remaining seed in #9 Florida Atlantic and they did not disappoint, pulling off another impressive upset over Kansas State. The next game was slightly less dramatic, as UConn dominated Gonzaga and held a 30-point lead for much of the second half.
Sunday’s Elite Eight games were even better, beginning with an epic battle between Creighton and San Diego State. After a back and forth affair that came down to the wire, San Diego State’s defense proved the difference as they edged out a one-point victory to earn their spot in the Final Four. That great matchup was followed by a Midwest Region showdown between Miami and Texas. The Longhorns held a comfortable lead throughout most of the game, but Miami’s relentless attack finally broke through late in the second half and became the final team to lock down their spot in this year’s Final Four.
Final Four Game Previews
#9 Florida Atlantic (+1.5) vs. #5 San Diego State (-1.5)
Very few could have predicted Florida Atlantic’s incredible run to this year’s Final Four, but the C-USA team has now won 11 straight games and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. The Owls have already captured the nation’s attention with a Cinderella run that includes tournament wins over Memphis, Fairleigh Dickinson, Tennessee and Kansas State. They now look to take it one step further by clinching a spot in the National Championship Game.
San Diego State enters this matchup as the betting favorite and this team has earned plenty of respect on their path to the Final Four. After easy wins over Charleston and Furman, the Aztecs made national headlines when they took out the tournament’s #1 overall seed in Alabama. San Diego State’s strength lies with its defense, as the #5 seed has limited their four March Madness opponents to just 57.3 points per game.
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#5 Miami (+5.5) vs. #4 UConn (-5.5)
As the only team remaining that has previous Final Four experience, most UConn fans already know what this stage is all about. The Huskies have arguably been the most dominant team in the NCAA tournament up to this point, having earned double-digit wins over all four opponents they’ve faced so far. UConn proved their mettle with wins over Iona, St. Mary’s Arkansas and Gonzaga, and are now just two wins away from their fifth national title in school history.
Standing in the Huskies way are the Miami Hurricanes. This year’s ACC champions have looked great in the NCAA tournament, posting wins over Drake, Indiana, Houston and Texas. Taking out the top two seeds in the Midwest region is no small feat. This is the first ever Final Four appearance for the Hurricanes and you can be sure they plan on making the most of this opportunity. Having put up 85+ points in each of their last three games, Miami has plenty of offensive firepower and should give UConn all they can handle.
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