NCAA Men's Basketball March Madness: Final Four Preview

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IMarch 29, 2011

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 27:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats in action against Dexter Strickland #1 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the east regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Prudential Center on March 27, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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After watching some of the most exciting basketball betting throughout the last few weeks, it has finally come down to the Final Four.

Brandon Ribak breaks down both matchups and provides his prediction on who will advance to the NCAA National Championship.


No. 11 VCU vs. No. 8 Butler

What are you more surprised about, seeing Butler make the Final Four for the second straight time or seeing VCU, a team that wasn't even supposed to be in the tournament make it as one of the last four remaining teams?

Virginia Commonwealth has been spectacular since entering the tournament, defeating Georgetown, Purdue, Florida State and Kansas.

Led by young coach Shaka Smart, VCU has emerged as a serious threat that could easily make it to the national championship.

Butler deserves plenty of credit as well, picking up victories against No. 1 seed Pittsburgh and No. 2 seed Florida.

SBG Spread: VCU (+2.5)

Prediction: VCU's victories have personally been more impressive than Butlers, so I would select them with the online betting spread.


No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 3 Connecticut

The Wildcats have played arguably the best basketball out of all the teams in the tournament. They have victories against Ohio State (the team that was the leading favorite to win it all) and UNC, the No. 2 seed in the East region.

UConn's performance has been up to par with Kentucky, but they haven't had as difficult of a schedule as the Wildcats. 

Kemba Walker is averaging over 26 points per game in the tournament thus far, and will obviously need to play a major role in this matchup if UConn expects to advance.

Spread: UConn (+2.5)

Sportsbook Prediction: Brandon Knight is playing some of his best basketball throughout the tournament, and so is big man Josh Harrellson. If Kentucky can pick up where they left off against UNC, they should be able to grab the victory and advance to the championship, but it will undoubtedly be a close contest.

Take Kentucky straight up.