The 2022 NCAA Tournament comes to a close right after this weekend. Following the Final Four matchups on Saturday night, the finalists will meet on Monday to decide the title.
This year’s March Madness concludes with four of the most recognizable brands in college basketball. The Final Four features the likes of Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, and Villanova.
Each program has won at least three National Championships on the hardwood.
This weekend appears like it won’t disappoint, with two quality games scheduled for both casual fans and bettors. West Virginia sportsbooks show both contests with point spreads inside of five points.
At the moment, Duke is laying around -4 against its rival in UNC, while Kansas has the edge at -4.5 heading into its tilt with the Wildcats.
The Final Four games begin on Saturday, with KU-Nova slated for 6:09 p.m. ET. The ACC tangle starts shortly after its finish and both air on TBS.
2022 Final Four preview
This year’s tournament hasn’t disappointed. We’ve seen plenty of amazing games and memorable conclusions, along with a Cinderella in St. Peter’s.
The No. 15 seed was the first to crack the Elite Eight last weekend, falling just short of reaching New Orleans.
College basketball enthusiasts aren’t too mad, though. The Peacocks’ loss opened the door for an additional Duke-Carolina contest with the No. 8 Tar Heels advancing.
Despite being the only lower-seeded squad in the last four, Carolina is as confident as ever. As WV sportsbooks show, there isn’t much between the Heels and their opponent.
The other side of the bracket is nearly as enticing, as two more blue bloods meet up. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see either Kansas or Villanova hoist the trophy Monday night.
Duke vs. UNC odds
DraftKings Sportsbook WV lists the Blue Devils as the four-point favorites, even though they lost by 13 their last time out against UNC.
That was probably one of the low points for this team, as it was Coach K’s last home game at Cameron Indoor.
To Duke’s defense, it’s been the better team for most of the season and took the first matchup by 20 points in Chapel Hill.
The online sportsbook highlights Duke’s moneyline at -190, compared to Carolina available with odds of +160. It has the game total posted at 151 points.
Duke’s path to the Final Four was easier than its adversary, but that’s expected with the difference in seeding.
The Blue Devils defeated the following teams:
- No. 15 CSUF
- No. 7 Michigan State
- No. 3 Texas Tech
- No. 4 Arkansas
Although they never faced the top seed in the region, the last three were all against serious opponents.
Duke’s offense is rolling right now and is scoring consistently. It put up 85 points against the Spartans in the second round and totaled 78 in the three others.
Freshman Paolo Banchero led the Blue Devils in scoring in three of the four games. He also ranked first on the team in scoring during the regular season at just over 17 points per tilt.
North Carolina’s journey did include a No. 1 seed with the Baylor Bears. The Heels disposed of them after blowing out Marquette in their opener.
They beat No. 4 UCLA in a close one in the Sweet 16, before catching a break in the regional final. Instead of playing No. 3 Purdue, the Heels got the sizable underdog in St. Peter’s.
Of course, the Peacocks entered the game on fire, but the talent discrepancy was bound to catch up with them eventually.
UNC dominated inside the paint, securing 49 rebounds as a team. This was 16 more than the Peacocks.
The team is seeing a lot of balanced scoring so far in the NCAA Tournament. Four different players recorded the most points in each game, with three of those reaching at least 28.
Kansas vs. Villanova odds
Most of the WV sportsbooks feature similar odds for the Final Four, however, they do differ somewhat. For the other contest between the Jayhawks and Wildcats, FanDuel WV lists an almost identical line for both.
It has KU giving -4.5, with a moneyline of -200. Villanova is available to bet on at +164 to win the game outright. This game total is at just 133 points.
Kansas got to its 16th Final Four through one of the easier routes as the lone No. 1 seed remaining. It defeated Texas Southern and Miami (most recently) with ease but had tight finishes against Creighton and Providence.
Senior guard Remy Martin elevated his game to a new level come March. Following the regular season in which he scored around nine points a night, he’s now averaging nearly 17 during the tournament.
This has eased the load for fellow senior Ochai Agbaji, who was tops on the team in points for the season. He wasn’t looking his best in the first few but came alive against the Hurricanes last Sunday.
Agbaji hit eight of his 12 shots for 18 points, to go along with five rebounds and four assists. If he and Martin produce big numbers against Villanova, it could be difficult for it to keep up.
Many of the Wildcats’ games are much lower scoring, thanks in part to their terrific effort on defense. They put up 80 in the first round facing Delaware, but are averaging just over 61 points as a team in the three games since.
Pace could play a major role in this one. Kansas is trying to get out in transition and score quickly, whereas Nova will likely attempt to slow things down.
The recent injury to junior Justin Moore won’t help matters. The guard tore his Achilles against Houston following two solid performances in the tournament.
Still, Villanova’s roster includes lots of experience, like with senior Collin Gillespie.
These two matchups have everything college basketball fans want and should create another great championship for Monday.