The NCAA tournament moves to Atlanta for the Final Four, setting up shop in the Georgia Dome for Saturday’s semifinals and Monday’s national title game.
The 1.6 million square-foot venue is no stranger to college basketball, having hosted numerous conference tournaments and two Final Four events in 2002 and 2007.
Playing in these massive football stadiums can sometimes wreak havoc on any given teams’ shooting, but the Georgia Dome has become a haven for high scores in recent years – subsequently paying out big for over bettors.
Since 2009, there have been 27 college basketball games in the Georgia Dome. Those games played to a combined 15-12 over/under mark. Teams also combined to shoot 43.4 percent from the field and 33.4 percent from 3-point range in those contests.
Shrinking that sample size from 2011 to 2013, teams shot just under 44 percent from the floor and knocked down 32.3 percent of their 3-point attempts but tipped the scales in favor of the over with an 11-5 over/under tick in those 16 games.
Looking back over the past two seasons, over bettors have really loved games in the Georgia Dome. Teams hit 48 percent from the field, shot better than 36 percent from distance and topped the total in each of the past five games inside the Georgia Dome, including big-school bouts between Kansas and Michigan State, and Kentucky and Duke as part of the Champions Classic this past November.
As for the past two Final Four weekends held in the Georgia Dome, both 2002 and 2007 produced 2-1 over/under records in their three contests with the national title game going 1-1 over/under.
This weekend’s four contenders have a combined 10-6 over/under record in the tournament, with Louisville playing over in all four games and Syracuse posting a 1-3 over/under count. The Cardinals take on Wichita State (3-1 O/U) with a total of 133 points while Syracuse battles Michigan (2-2 O/U) with a total of 131.