March Madness enters its final weekend with the Final Four and title game, which means plenty of betting opportunities, both on individual games and in futures. Our experts — ESPN analysts Doug Kezirian, Chris “The Bear” Fallica, Joe Fortenbaugh and Dalen Cuff — are here to give their best bets for the final weekend.
Through Tuesday’s games
Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill.
2. Houston Cougars vs. 1. Baylor Bears (-5, 134)
Saturday, 5:14 p.m. ET
Over 134 points
Fortenbaugh: Virtually every conceivable metric suggests that Houston boasts one of the country’s premier defensive units. I’m not disagreeing with the analytics, but I would like to raise the point that the Cougars, for as good as they’ve been, have not faced an offense anywhere close to Baylor’s explosiveness. The key to this bet comes on the glass, as both teams rank inside the top seven in offensive rebounding but outside the top 150 in defensive rebounding. So either the buckets are falling, which helps our over, or they aren’t falling, but both squads are working the offensive glass and providing us putback after putback. Either way, I expect this to be a higher-scoring game than the total indicates.
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