Final Four Betting Preview

The Relievers turned us into #believers but it looks like Cinderella came to the dance gambling and rambling on those Ramblers. Loyola-Chicago tied an NCAA record becoming the fourth 11th seed team to ever make it to the Final Four-anyone remember George Mason? I mean, how can you not root for this underdog? Have you seen their 98-year-old (!) super fan, Sister Jean? Can they do what no other 11th seed has done and actually win this whole damn thing? (Sorry, Sister Jean) We're about to find out.

The Ramblers squeaked through the first three rounds of the tournament with last second buzzer beaters. But their game against Kansas State was never in doubt. They absolutely crushed them, playing solid defense throughout and ending up with a double-digit 78-62 win. Kansas State just never seemed to get rolling against the suffocating defense of the Ramblers, who haven't allowed more than 68 points the entire tournament. Teams just don't seem to have an answer when Loyola turns to their smaller, five-guard lineup. That's not to mention the fact that on offense their shooting over 50% on average from the floor. Do you believe?

The Wolverines of Michigan have cruised through the tournament until they faced a hard-nosed, scrappy Seminoles squad that never seemed to give up for 59 minutes and fifty seconds. Michigan deserved to win this one, though there was a bizarre controversy at the end of this one when Florida State appeared to elect not to foul down only four points with nearly ten seconds left. That's an eternity. Moe Wagner had another solid performance and will present a nightmare match-up for the smaller Loyola. This is 6"11 German power forward who is hitting an insane 41% from beyond the arc.

Villanova dominated the first half against Texas Tech and never looked back in the second, ending with a 71-59 victory. The Wildcats are heading to the Final Four for the second time in three years and the manner with which they've dominated this tournament has got to mean that they are the favorite to win it all. The Red Raiders came out of the gate flying and looked like they would give Villanova a run for it. However, like with the West Virginia game, after coming out flat, the Wildcats simply dominated the second half. Their road gets only more difficult as their half of the bracket is simply stacked.

The marquee match-up of the weekend was Duke and Kansas-two storied programs clashing head to head. And what a hell of a game it was-perhaps the best game of the tournament. The game was tight right through the first half, with Duke up three going into the second. With multiple lead changes throughout the second half, it finally looked like Duke had it with under a minute left. Kansas hit the three to send it to overtime and, with all the momentum, never looked back.

We're now locked into a Final Four that's half normal and half bizarre. See you in San Antonio!