Best bets for the men’s NCAA tournament championship
March Madness enters its final weekend with the Final Four and title game, which means plenty of betting opportunities, both on individual games and in futures. Our experts — ESPN analysts Doug Kezirian, Chris “The Bear” Fallica, Joe Fortenbaugh and Dalen Cuff — are here to give their best bets for the final weekend.
Through Final Four
Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill.
1. Baylor Bears vs. 1. Gonzaga Bulldogs (-4.5, 159.5)
Monday, 9:20 p.m. ET
Fortenbaugh: Gonzaga is averaging 86.8 points per game in regulation through five March Madness showdowns thanks to a combination of the country’s top-ranked offense and seventh-ranked tempo. But the Bulldogs are just 2-3 to the over in those five aforementioned showdowns because the opposition has, at times, found itself so far behind that Gonzaga could grind the game down to a halt in the second half. Enter Baylor, which is more than up for the challenge of going toe-to-toe with the tournament’s top seed. The Bears rank first in the NCAA in 3-point shooting but just 120th when it comes to 2-point defense. This is a critical stat to consider because the Bulldogs generate 57.7% of their scoring from 2-point range (26th in the NCAA). I believe that Baylor will be more willing to engage at Gonzaga’s tempo than the other way around, which should pave the way for a shootout.
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