College basketball: Betting pointers for Final Four
A remarkable 2023 NCAA tournament will come to an end on Monday as fans turn their attention to college basketball’s most significant phase, the Last Four. UConn, Miami, San Diego State and FAU will face off in the semifinals on Saturday night, the very first time since 1979 that none of the leading 3 seeds from each area have actually not made the Last Four.Our wagering experts have got you covered for this weekend with ideas and choices for each game to help bettors make clever wagering decisions.All chances courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook NCAA Final Four
Lines NCAA Final Four Lines 9. Florida Atlantic vs. 5
. San Diego State Saturday, 6:09 p.m. ET 5. Miami vs. 4. UConn Saturday, 8:49 p.m.
ET The first matchup of the Last 4 features 2 Cinderella groups
in Florida Atlantic and San Diego State. The Aztecs marched through the South Area with constant defense while Florida
Atlantic took down a few of the best groups in the nation en route to its first Final 4 look. What are your ideas on the overall and spread and who do you see advancing to their first NCAA championship game?Erin Dolan: Florida Atlantic Team Overall Under 65.5. San Diego State has actually cashed the under in 12 straight games. While this trend is remarkable, I would isolate the Owls’group total and go under. San Diego State’s defense has held challengers to
57 points in the tournament. The Aztecs most especially held Alabama to 64 points with the Crimson Tide going 3-for-27 from beyond the arc. The Aztecs’ defense should show up big again.Dalen Cuff: As Erin alluded to, the under is the play here but I likewise like FAU ML. I think it has more options offensively that can score and shoot better from 2-point and 3-point. Late in that Creighton game, SDSU’s best offense stank rebounding, I think the Owls will clean up their glass
and alternatively can injure SDSU on the boards just like they did KSU. The Owls aren’t a Cinderella, they have actually won 35 games. Both these teams are experienced and difficult but provide me a little worth on the Owls playing Monday night for the title.Jeff Borzello: Like a few of my colleagues, I like the under more than either side. San Diego State is going to play the game at its favored speed, and it’s not as if FAU will look to run up and down the floor. The Owls were middle-of-the-pack nationally in tempo this season and they were great playing 60 and 58 ownerships against Memphis and Tennessee, respectively. As Erin mentioned, SDSU has actually gone under in 12 straight games. Meanwhile, FAU has actually gone under in five of seven postseason games. As for the winner, I’ll go with San Diego State. The Aztecs are playing at an exceptionally high level on the defensive end right now, and I believe their physicality and capability to keep opposing ballhandlers out of the lane will make life challenging for FAU’s guards. The X factor might be Matt Bradley, the Aztecs ‘leading scorer who has actually shot 6-for-27 over his previous 3 games, averaging just 6.0 points. He’ll require to discover his offending game.Kezirian: I am on the under also. As you understand from this area, I have been riding this streak the past few games. Clearly the Aztecs have an elite defense but the oddsmakers know this. So why could there be value? I just believe that it is difficult to simulate their length and athleticism in practice and you can just see a lot video. Their players interrupt the convenience zones of shooters which is why we are getting
many unders. The Owls prospered versus Tennessee, which plays a comparable design as SDSU, however I will still ride the under.The UConn Huskies opened as 5-point favorites over the Miami Hurricanes. The Huskies have actually dominated opponents throughout the NCAA competition, winning 4 tournament games by an average margin of 22.5 points. On the other hand, the Hurricanes have used strong play in the 2nd half to last longer than opponents, culminating in a come-from-behind success over Texas in the Elite 8. Both groups have quality stars in Isaiah Wong, Jordan Miller and UConn’s Adama Sanogo. What are your thoughts on the overall and spread and whom do you like?Fortenbaugh: UConn -5.5 and under 149.5. The Huskies ‘defense will be the distinction, as they have actually held their 4 competition opponents to the paltry average of 59.2 points per game. Miami is a solid 3-point shooting team, however the Huskies rank 13th in the country safeguarding the 3-pointer. More significantly, the Hurricanes live at the rim and in the midrange, where UConn ranks 14th defensively.Cuff: I have actually taken Miami ML or with the points in every game this competition. I’ll keep it rolling here but don’t feel as great about it. UConn has numerous answers on the exterior and interior. Sometimes it can have a hard time to safeguard the ball and rotate in addition to it should. This is where Miami can injure the Huskies due to the fact that they constantly have 3 or often 4 people on the court who can create for themselves or colleagues. I believe UConn still wins but Miami can keep it tight. My preferred Final 4 play is UConn to win everything -125. Of the three other groups in the Last Four, the greatest hazard is the Canes. I don’t think FAU or SDSU can knock off the Huskies.Borzello: Once again, I lean more towards the total than either side here. This time, it’s the over. Both teams are executing at a tremendously high rate in the NCAA competition, with UConn balancing 81.8 points and scoring 1.20 points per ownership and Miami averaging 81.2 points and scoring 1.16 points per ownership. Both teams enjoy to play in transition and are accurate from 3 and the method to beat either team is to score a great deal of points. These are 2 of the five-best offending teams in the country and I believe Saturday will show that. I have UConn advancing to the national championship game, however. They have too much size inside with Adama Sanogo and Donovan
Clingan, and too much on the boundary with Jordan Hawkins. While Miami’s aggressive defense can create problems, UConn’s off-ball motion and long list of shot-makers will show decisive.Kezirian: I do not wish to lay the points but I sure as heck do not want to fade the Huskies. They are playing better than any team right now. I will take them -120 to win the national championship. If they beat Miami, they will be solid favorites in the title game. I just don’t see anybody knocking them off. They can beat you many ways, although the Canes have solid guard play and that could be the best formula to beat UConn. But for me, I think the Huskies reduced the nets.