The Villanova Wildcats can advance to their first national championship game since 1985 with a win when they take on the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday as 2-point betting favorites in the Final Four at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
No. 2 Villanova shattered many remaining brackets last weekend with a strong 64-59 victory over No. 1 Kansas in their Elite Eight matchup, disposing of the national championship favorites as 2-point underdogs and lifting their March Madness futures to 13/5 ahead of Saturday night’s Sooners vs. Wildcats betting matchup at NRG Stadium.
The Wildcats have gone 7-1 both straight up and against the spread in their last eight games when favored by fewer than 2.5 points, while covering in six of seven following an outright victory as underdogs.
No. 2 Oklahoma also knocked off a top seed en route to their first Final Four berth since 2002, laying an 80-68 beating on the Oregon Ducks to claim the West Region Final as 1-point underdogs, posting back-to-back ATS wins for just the second time since late January.
The Sooners have been dismal performers at the sportsbooks since early in the campaign, covering in just four of their past 15 outings, dropping their overall ATS record to a feeble 14-20 on the season, but are an impressive 9-1 SU in games contested at neutral sites.
Saturday also marks the second meeting of the season between these two squads, with the Sooners claiming a decisive 78-55 win as 5-point underdogs at December’s Pearl Harbor Invitational in Honolulu, ending the Wildcats’ two-game head-to-head SU and ATS win streak.
Also on Saturday, a pair of ACC rivals face off in a bid for a national championship berth with the North Carolina Tar Heels taking on the Syracuse Orange as 9-point betting favorites.
Syracuse became the first No. 10 seed in March Madness history to advance to the Final Four after overcoming a 16-point, second-half deficit to topple No. 1 Virginia in the Midwest Region Final, covering as eight-point underdogs in their fifth straight ATS win.
However, the Orange will need more of the same defense that has held opponents to just 55.75 points per game at this year’s tournament if they are to end a three-game SU losing streak against No. 1 North Carolina, who have dominated in four lopsided NCAA Tournament victories, while averaging over 89 points per game.