For a No.2 seed, Ohio State received a lot of love from oddsmakers entering the 2012 NCAA tournament. Only Kentucky was set as a bigger favorite to win the national championship.
Well, now we have our answer as to why the Buckeyes have been a favorite on the betting lines, as they reach the Final Four in New Orleans where they will meet the Kansas Jayhawks.
And similar to Ohio State, Kansas was believed to be a viable candidate for a No.1 seed. But instead, they were placed in the Midwest Region as the No.2 seed. Didn’t matter though, as the Jayhawks beat the No.1 seed North Carolina Tar Heels in the Elite 8.
In fact, both Kansas and Ohio State knocked out the No.1 seeds in their regions.
So now it’s off to the Final Four in the Big Easy.
It’s Ohio State that gets the slight edge from oddsmakers in this national semifinal on Saturday to advance to the national championship game the following Monday.
Ohio State vs Kansas betting odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set the Buckeyes as 3 point favorites over the Jayhawks.
Against the spread in the NCAA tournament, Ohio State has put up a 3-1 record, with their only ATS loss coming against Gonzaga in the third round. Kansas sits at 2-2 ATS in the tourney, losing in the third round and the Sweet 16. But they made up for it with a 13-point win over North Carolina in the Elite 8.
So who gets the win here?
Hard to say really, as the line is about spot on. The teams are very evenly matched, with solid guard play and post play. Kansas’ Thomas Robinson is probably the best player on the court, even including Jared Sullinger of Ohio State. Robinson is a dynamic player who can beat a defense in a variety of ways, but it also a great rebounder. He will have to have a good game for the Jayhawks to take this one. Click here to see Thomas Robinson’s and Jared Sullinger’s player proposition bets.
Kansas vs. Ohio State Final Four Betting Odds