The 2014 Final Four is set, and the matchups will get underway on Saturday, April 5 from Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. It’s been a wild ride through the brackets, with no one having a chance a the $1 billion challenge offered up by Warren Buffet, and few have the correct four picks for the crop of teams left alive in the hunt for the national championship.
What’s funny about the Final four teams, is that the No.1 overall seed in Florida has played them all, lost to two, and could have easily lost to the third.
That’s right, UConn (Florida’s Final Four opponent) defeated the Gators earlier this season, Wisconsin beat them as well, and Kentucky had Florida on the ropes in the SEC Championship game a couple of weeks ago.
Those results have zero impact on the betting lines to win the 2014 National Championship though. Florida is set as an even money favorite to win it all. It would be coach Billy Donovan’s third national title, putting him in rarefied company among the elite coaches in the history of college basketball.
Bovada Sportsbook sees fellow SEC player Kentucky as having the next-best chance. At +275, a wager on the Wildcats is going off at just under 3 to 1. Interesting for a College Basketball conference that was seen as extremely weak, having two of the four Final Four team as well as having four another advance into the Sweet 16.
Florida and Kentucky are the favorites in each of their Final Four games on Saturday. The Gators are going off as six-point favorites, while Kentucky is set at two points.
UConn will matchup with the Gators, and have arguably the best player remaining in the tournament in Shabazz Napier. To beat Florida, Napier has to play well and continue to score the ball and create scoring opportunities for his teammates. The front court of the Huskies will face a big rebounding challenge, and if they can hang with Florida in that number they will be in the game.
UConn is actually the biggest underdog though, set at 7 to 1. It doesn’t help that they play Florida where they are significant underdogs. That is a role they are used to though, having been underdogs in each of the last three tournament games.
Wisconsin is set at +350 ($1 wins $3.50) to win it all. The Badgers beat in Arizona in the Elite 8 to advance to the first Final Four for head coach Bo Ryan. Despite being a No.2 seed, they are underdogs to No.8 seed Kentucky.
Odds to win the 2014 national championship will be up and available to bet until tip off between UConn and Florida on Saturday at about 6 pm ET.
In addition to the overall odds to win, Bovada is also fielding bets for the exact matchup in the national title. There are just four options, with a Kentucky vs. Florida matchup leading the way at +120.