2012 NCAA Tournament: Final Four Betting Odds to Win It All in New Orleans

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IMarch 26, 2012

2012 NCAA Tournament: Final Four Betting Odds to Win It All in New Orleans

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    The Kentucky Wildcats have been favored to win the 2012 NCAA tournament since the field of 68 was announced more than two weeks ago, and that will still be the case when the Final Four tips off in New Orleans on Saturday.

    Head coach John Calipari has an excellent chance of capturing his first NCAA championship and cutting down the nets in the "Big Easy" on Monday, April 2, as his roster is littered with future NBA lottery picks.

    Let's take a closer look at the current odds at Pinnacle sports book for all four teams remaining in the Big Dance from a betting perspective.

Louisville Cardinals

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    The Louisville Cardinals will get a chance to avenge an earlier loss to the Kentucky Wildcats when they meet up on Saturday in New Orleans.

    Rick Pitino watched his team drop a 69-62 decision to the Wildcats as 10-point road underdogs inside Rupp Arena on Dec. 31, which should supply plenty of motivation in practice this week.

    I don't think his program has enough firepower to compete with a Kentucky side that has scored 81-plus points in four tournament games.

    Yes (+1,150)

    No (-1,550)

Kansas Jayhawks

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    The Kansas Jayhawks were fortunate to meet up with a banged up North Carolina Tar Heels group in the Elite Eight, allowing them to come away with an 80-67 victory on Sunday.

    Sports bettors need to be careful in dismissing the Jayhawks due to being 2.5-point underdogs against the Ohio State Buckeyes, considering they've already picked up a victory against their Final Four opponent.

    Kansas scored a 78-67 win as 1.5-point home favorites over Ohio State on Dec. 10, but that also served as the visitor's first road game.

    Buckeyes star Jared Sullinger was missing from the floor due to injury in that contest as well.

    Mixed feelings on this team potentially winning it all.

    Yes (+515)

    No (-620) 

Ohio State Buckeyes

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    The Ohio State Buckeyes have been my pick to win the championship since their 81-74 victory over the Florida Gators on Nov. 15.

    I've been a little worried about the point guard position at times this season, but Aaron Craft has won me over with his defensive effort and tenacity on the court.

    Jared Sullinger must stay engaged on the floor, and stay out of foul trouble for this program to cut down the nets in New Orleans.

    Yes (+280)

    No (-320) 

Kentucky Wildcats

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    These are some of the descriptions that I've detailed in my mind when watching the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2012 NCAA tournament.

    Wildcats head coach John Calipari seems to have the perfect mix of players, and shouldn't have to worry about winning it on the free-throw line over the final two rounds.

    Then again, that's why there's value in taking a negative approach with this offering.

    Yes (-125)

    No (+115)