Alright college basketball fans, we are down to the Final Four in New Orleans with the regional champions meeting for a shot at the national championship.
And two of those schools just so happen to be from the great state of Kentucky. Ok, just the state of Kentucky.
But regardless of your feelings on the geography, there is no denying that the Kentucky Wildcats have looked like a team on a mission throughout the course of the 2011-12 college basketball season. And they are within two wins of their goal.
Their opponent on Saturday however, might not have been your bracket favorite coming into the NCAA Tournament as the No.4 seed in the West Region. But the Louisville Cardinals have peaked at the right time, both in the Big East Tournament, and in the NCAA. As a result, they get a date with their in-state rival in the Big Easy for the right to go to the title game.
So who is the favorite?
Obviously, that answer would be Kentucky. The Wildcats are the No.1 team in the country, and the have been the tournament favorite since the first game tipped off.
But for you bettors out there, let’s take a look at the Kentucky vs Louisville Final Four betting lines.
The Wildcats have been set as 8.5-point favorites over the Cardinals in this one to reach the national championship game.
It seems like a big line, but then you think about what Kentucky just did to a very talented Baylor team in the Elite 8, for which we here expected the Bears to cover, maybe it’s not. Kentucky will need to win by at least nine points to cover the line, with anything less than that going the way of Louisville.
But the Cardinals have covered every single line installed before them since their opening game in the Big East tournament. That’s a string of nine-straight wins against the spread and straight up. And Louisville held the No.1 seed Michigan State Spartans to a mere 44 points in the Sweet 16.
Kentucky has covered three of four lines in the NCAA tournament, only losing ATS in their opener to No.16 seed Western Kentucky.
If you are a bettor who likes to take points and the underdog, this one might be your game, as the Cardinals are being handed quite a few points for this one. Kentucky is good, but they are young, and this is the biggest stage in college basketball.
Both head coaches, John Calipari for Kentucky and Rick Pitino for Louisville, are experienced, though Pitino certainly holds the edge in Final Four appearances. That could prove to be a valuable asset and is something to be considered before betting on these Final Four betting odds.
Kentucky vs. Louisville Final Four Betting Odds