Final Four Odds: Duke Is Favored To Win It All In New Orleans

College basketball fans will be flocking to New Orleans in droves this weekend, eager to attend the Final Four at the Caesars Superdome. Sports bettors arriving from out of state will be happy to see that mobile sports betting is legal in Louisiana.

It’s been a March in which the madness has truly been on the court because upsets have been the name of the game. And while Kansas is the only No. 1 seed to reach the Final Four, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of star power heading to New Orleans.

In fact, it can be argued that aside from UCLA and Kentucky, three of the four teams are the bluest of bluebloods. And the fourth team is quickly building a track record to join them as it is currently a powerhouse.

So while Kansas vs. Villanova will be an intriguing matchup, let’s face it – this Final Four is all about Duke’s game against arch-rival North Carolina. It will be the first time these teams have met in the NCAA Tournament, and it could wind up being the last game of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s legendary career.

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Final Four Odds: Duke Favored To Win March Madness

Despite being the lone No. 1 seed to make the Final Four, Kansas still isn’t favored. The sports betting market has Duke pegged to win it all, followed by Kansas, Villanova, and North Carolina.

Here’s how DraftKings Louisiana, BetMGM Louisiana, and Caesars Louisiana have the Final Four odds as of Tuesday morning.

North Carolina+500+500+500

If you think Duke will live up to expectations, grab the Blue Devils at +160 at BetMGM. If you think Kansas will prove its No. 1 seeding will lead to the title, Caesars is the way to go.

Think Villanova can win its third national title since 2016? If so, grab the Wildcats at +475 at either BetMGM or Caesars. And if North Carolina is your pick, you’ll find the Tar Heels at +500 on all three platforms.

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Final Four Odds: Kansas Jayhawks Favored Over Villanova Wildcats

Villanova is making its fourth Final Four appearance since 2009. It won the championship in 2016 and 2018. The Wildcats’ chances of doing it again took a hit in the final minute of their Elite Eight win over Houston when guard Justin Moore tore his right Achilles tendon.

For a team that has utilized a six-man rotation, one of its bench players is going to need to step up. For the season, the top six players have averaged at least 8.3 points with no one else averaging even two points per game.

Villanova coach Jay Wright will need another gem of a game plan to upset the Jayhawks. Guard Collin Gillespie will look to orchestrate that plan, relying on Jermain Samuels, Caleb Daniels, Eric Dixon, and Brandon Slater.

BetRiversVillanova +4.5 (-110)
Kansas -4.5 (-109)
Villanova +175
Kansas -210
Over 132.5 (-113)
Under 132.5 (-108)
FanDuelVillanova +4.5 (-110)
Kansas -4.5 (-100)
Villanova +164
Kansas -200
Over 133 (-110)
Under 133 (-110
DraftKingsVillanova +4.5 (-110)
Kansas -4.5 (-110)
Villanova +165
Kansas -195
Over 132.5 (-110)
Under 132.5 (-110)

Kansas and coach Bill Self are seemingly lost in the hype of the Duke vs. North Carolina matchup. Oddsmakers, though, know a favorite when they see one.

With Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun leading the way, the Jayhawks average 78.6 points per game. Villanova’s pace is a bit more deliberate, but the Wildcats have averaged 72.6 points per game.

Moore, however, contributed 14.8 points per game, leaving a big hole in Villanova’s attack.

Don’t be surprised if this is a grind-it-out affair, so if you see a price you like on the ‘under,’ it’s a wager worth considering.

Final Four Odds: Duke Blue Devils Favored Over North Carolina Tar Heels

Despite the understandable hype surrounding Krzyzewski’s final chance to win another national championship, it really will come down to which team executes the best on the court. And while Krzyzewski’s career is drawing to a close, first-year coach Hubert Davis is looking to begin building his resume. And based on how the Tar Heels have been playing of late, Davis is certainly having an impact.

When these teams met in Krzyzewski’s final home game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, North Carolina ruined the festivities. Duke won handily when the teams squared off in Chapel Hill.

The oddsmakers favor Duke to get it done this time around, sending Krzyzewski to Monday’s title game.

BetMGMNorth Carolina +4.5 (-115)
Duke -4.5 (-105)
North Carolina +155
Duke -190
Over 151.5 (-110)
Under 151.5 (-110)
CaesarsNorth Carolina +4 (-110)
Duke -4 (-110)
North Carolina +170
Duke -200
Over 151 (-110)
Under 151 (-110)
BetRiversNorth Carolina +4 (-108)
Duke -4 (-112)
North Carolina +163
Duke -200
Over 151.5 (-109)
Under 151.5 (-110)

Duke’s led by Paolo Banchero, Mark Williams, Jeremy Roach, Wendell Moore Jr., and AJ Griffin. North Carolina’s led by Caleb Love, R.J. Davis, Leaky Black, Armando Bacot, and Brady Manek.

The attention will squarely be on Coach K., but one of the 10 players just mentioned will likely decide which team makes the championship game.

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Mark Ashenfelter

Mark Ashenfelter is a Connecticut-based sportswriter and editor who has covered everything from NASCAR to the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. A life-long Philadelphia sports fan, in addition to Penn State football and the Baltimore Orioles, he's previously worked at ESPN, NASCAR Scene magazine and the Daily Local News in Chester County, PA.