Bettors have been patiently waiting for Saturday’s next chapter in the NCAA tournament and Final Four action is starting to heat up at sportsbooks.
We check in with Terry Cox, director of race and sportsbook at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, and online sportsbook BetDSI on the action for the much-anticipated showdowns in Atlanta.
Wichita State Shockers vs. Louisville Cardinals – Open: -10, Move: -10.5
Bettors aren’t surprised the top-ranked Cardinals have cruised into the Final Four, but nobody predicted the Shockers would fight their way to Atlanta. Heavy action is coming in Louisville at a rate of 2-to-1 at the Peppermill with the public backing the Cardinals.
“Our clients love the favorites,” Cox told Covers. “Even the double-digit dogs don’t scare them away.”
Although money continues to pour in on Louisville, Cox likes Wichita State’s chances of a back door cover.
“Louisville has added incentive with what happened to the Ware kid, but I would give the motivational edge to Wichita,” Cox notes. “They have nothing to lose and Louisville can only fail. They are expected to win it all.”
Michigan Wolverines vs. Syracuse Orange – Open: +2.5, Move: +2
This game was a suggested pick ‘em by the Nevada-based oddsmaking service The Sports Club. But many Vegas books opened tTrey Burke and the
Wolverines as 2.5-point favorites. That line has since moved to Michigan -2 where it has leveled out. The Wolverines are a perfect 4-0 ATS in the tourney to this point.
“It’s scary how evenly bet this one is,” says Cox. “It’s pretty well right down the middle on the moneyline.”
Online books are reporting the same betting trends.
"Out of the thousands of tickets bet there is a difference of eight tickets on the Michigan-Syracuse game and a difference of less than 50K," says an oddsmaker from BetDSI. "Sharps haven't touched this game at all, sides or totals."