It’s April and we have three NCAAB tournament games left in the 2018-19 season. The Final Four is upon us, and it’s a surprising remaining field. Many expected Virginia — supported by strong Ken Pomeroy ratings — to reach the Final Four given this season they were able to add top offensive play to an already solid defensive unit. However, UVA is the final No. 1 seed left standing after each of the other three were eliminated between the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight. We have a No. 2 seed (Michigan State), a No. 3 seed (Texas Tech), and a No. 5 seed (Auburn) that will all vie for a shot at the National Championship this weekend.
The action begins Saturday night with Auburn trying to defeat the final remaining No. 1 in Virginia. We’ll then get to watch an experienced Tom Izzo and the Spartans dance with the upstate Red Raiders for a shot in the final.
More high-flying action is sure to come Saturday, but let’s first take a minute to look ahead of the games and focus on the best bets of the Final Four. We’ve asked our experts to provide you with just that. Here’s what they had to say.
Virginia vs. Auburn: Virginia -5.5
“I love Auburn, hence why I had them in my Final Four, but without Chuma Okeke, they should be much heavier underdogs in this game. Don’t get me wrong, there is a chance they can win this one, thanks to their outside shooting and turnover-heavy defense, but Virginia should have been 5- or 6-point favorites even before the Okeke injury. I’d take them even if this line jumps to 6.5.”
– Bobby Sylvester (@bobbyfantasypro)
“This has all the makings of a trap spread. Auburn is here after running through three different bluebloods, yet still isn’t getting respect? I don’t think Bryce Brown and Jared Harper can match their production from last game, and I’m not sure who else can step up without Okeke. The public will likely favor Auburn, but Virginia’s defense will be too much to overcome.”
– Adam Zdroik (@RotoZdroik)
Michigan State vs. Texas Tech: Over 132
“In nine of Texas Tech’s last 12 games, the contests have ended with more than 132 points. As for Michigan State, it’s seven of their last 12 for games ending with more than 132 points. The Red Raiders have scored under 70 points just twice in their 15 games since March, and I fully expect the Spartans to stick with them for a high-scoring affair. I really like the over for this one.”
– Kamran Hoda (@Kamran_H7)