2012 Final Four Bracket: Betting Odds for Potential Championship Game
The 2012 NCAA tournament has reached the Final Four, and sports bettors will now have the opportunity to predict next Monday night's potential matchup in the championship game in New Orleans.
Bovada sports book has released four options in the betting market, with a meeting between the Kentucky Wildcats and Ohio State Buckeyes being the early favorite at even odds.
Let's take a closer look at this unique proposition offering from a betting perspective.
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Louisville Cardinals
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Definitely the long-shot opportunity due to both teams receiving points in their upcoming Final Four affairs.
The Louisville Cardinals are currently listed as 8.5-point underdogs against the Kentucky Wildcats, while the Kansas Jayhawks are 2.5-point underdogs versus the Ohio State Buckeyes.
I just don't see the Cardinals getting past the top-ranked Wildcats after what I saw over the weekend.
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Louisville Cardinals (+1,000)
Louisville Cardinals vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
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The Ohio State Buckeyes are my pick to move past the Kansas Jayhawks in the Final Four, but they are likely to meet the Kentucky Wildcats in the championship game.
Louisville has won back-to-back games as an underdog to reach this stage in the Big Dance, including a 72-68 come-from-behind win over the Florida Gators in the Elite Eight on Saturday.
Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino deserves a ton of respect on the sidelines during March, but will fall a game short of potentially winning another championship.
Not worth the risk at this number.
Louisville Cardinals vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (+650)
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kentucky Wildcats
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I suspect that this option will receive quite a bit of action due to being a more realistic underdog option, but that's exactly why I don't like it.
The betting public has likely moved the Kentucky Wildcats into the championship game, which causes them to make a decision between the Kansas Jayhawks and Ohio State Buckeyes.
I'm going to be laying the chalk in this proposition wager, and it's not "Rock Chalk, Jayhawk."
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kentucky Wildcats (+175)
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
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Kentucky Wildcats fans are all smiles at this point of the 2012 NCAA tournament, capturing all four games by double-digit margins.
I don't think the Southeastern Conference regular-season champions will have any trouble beating the Louisville Cardinals for a second time during the 2011-12 campaign on Saturday.
Ohio State has the opportunity to gain revenge against Kansas with a healthy Jared Sullinger in tow, which will set up a great championship game matchup.
I'm taking the short price, and suggest that all readers do the same.
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (Even)