Final Four Picks 2015
Well, my NCAA Tournament bracket was, like so many others, busted early on; however, three of my Final Four Picks 2015 remain in tact. I picked Kentucky to win the Midwest, Wisconsin to take the West, Duke to prevail in the South and (clears throat) Virginia to win the East. According to the latest college basketball odds from Bovada.lv, the three teams I selected that are still alive have good chance at remaining so, at least until Indianapolis.
John Calipari’s Wildcats are a huge favorite to win their regional final, drawing 1 to 4 odds ($ 400 wins $ 100) to move on to Indianapolis while Duke is a 5 to 4 favorite in the South (+125). Arizona is the odds maker’s favorite to win the West at 5 to 6 odds (-120), but Wisconsin is not too far behind with a 3 to 2 listing.
With top seeds Villanova and Virginia out of the picture, the new favorite to win the East is seven seed Michigan State at 8 to 5 odds. And why wouldn’t it be? The Spartans have appeared in six Final Fours on Tom Izzo’s watch and they are always a threat to do damage in late March.
While Arizona looked brilliant in its first two tournament outings and Wisconsin failed to cover the spread against both Coastal Carolina and Oregon, it would look somewhat foolish to change my pick at this juncture. Therefore, I am going to stick with the Badgers to win the West. Besides, early performances can be deceiving, both good and bad ones.
Obviously, Kentucky and Duke have done nothing to shake my confidence in their ability to win two more games and I expect, in spite of Gonzaga’s fine play, for both of them to find their way to Indianapolis.
The Cavaliers early departure has forced me, along with bookmakers, to reevaluate the East. It would certainly be easy to jump on the Michigan State bandwagon, but I am going to go in a different direction. I am taking Oklahoma, the Spartans next opponent, to reach the National Semifinals. The Sooners, who are drawing a +2.5 line in Friday’s showdown with Michigan State, are getting 13 to 5 odds to win the East.
Final Four Picks 2015: College Basketball Odds Provided by Bovada.lv
Midwest Region –
Notre Dame 7/1
Wichita State 7/1
West Virginia 18/1
West Region –
North Carolina 8/1
South Region –
East Region –
Michigan State 8/5
North Carolina State 5/1