The Final 4 odds for men’s basketball 2017 are up as are the sports betting news and notes. In the opener, Gonzaga is -6.5 favorite over South Carolina and 138. Sixty-five percent of bets are on the Gamecocks and 58 percent on the over. The side and total are the same as the opener.
In the nightcap, North Carolina is -5 to Oregon, with a total of 152. UNC opened at -4 and 148.5. The Tar Heels are backed by 52 percent of bettors, with the over getting 73-of-100. Here are the betting notes from OffshoreInsiders.com
South Carolina vs. Gonzaga
Top two teams on defenses based on points per 100 possessions. Gonzaga allows a nation’s best 86 but followed closely by South Carolina at 87.9. On the other end, the Gamecocks are 105th in nation in offense at 108.5 points per game. Zags No. 1 team in nation in margin of cover at +5.1 points per game and 23-9. This number is often referred to as the “sweat barometer.” This stat is similar to points per game margin, except it is relative to the point spread.
Oregon vs. North Carolina
North Carolina is 18th in defense, allowing 93.6 points per 100 possessions. Oregon is 19th 93.7 points per 100 possessions. UNC is 6th in offense at 121.4 points per 100 possessions.