After another incredibly exciting weekend of 2019 NCAA Tournament action, each region’s champion has been crowned and we are officially down to the Final Four. Following an opening weekend that didn’t yield many upsets, the next one more than made up for it in drama and excitement.
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2019 NCAA Tournament Final Four Schedule
- No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 3 Texas Tech - Saturday, April 6 at 6:09pm
- No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 5 Auburn - Saturday, April 6 at 8:49 pm
Virginia Represents No. 1 Seeds In Final Four
One of the interesting things about this year’s NCAA Tournament results is that the Final Four isn’t comprised of many usual suspects. Despite all four No. 1 seeds making it through the first two rounds of March Madness, only one of them was able to make it by the following two rounds and into the Final Four.
NJ sports betting players who wagered on Virginia bouncing back in a big way this season are being proven correct and winning money. Virginia exercised its demons from the 2018 NCAA Tournament, going from first-round exit to Minneapolis to play in the Final Four first the first time since 1982.
No. 2 Michigan State has plenty of March Madness and Final Four history under Tom Izzo, but the other two teams in Texas Tech and Auburn are reaching this point for the first time in program history.
DraftKings Sportsbook Final Four Betting Odds & Picks
As the lone No. 1 seed remaining in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, South Region champion Virginia is the favorite to cut down the nets in Minneapolis. NJ sports betting players can make Final Four predictions on the Cavaliers for slightly better than even money at +130 on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Against UVA is longshot Auburn, which are +650 on DraftKings Sportsbook. The Tigers beat North Carolina and Kentucky on its way to winning the Midwest region and can’t be overlooked, even against the Cavaliers. Auburn was around +1200 to win their region before the 2019 NCAA Tournament, so stranger things have happened.
After taking down Duke, Michigan State is the favorite to get past Texas Tech and has the second-lowest odds of winning the title at +190. Head coach Tom Izzo has the Spartans playing their best basketball at the most important time of the season and could absolutely handle Virginia if the two were to meet.
First, Michigan State needs to worry about the all-around powerhouse that is this veteran-laden Texas Tech team. The Red Raiders at +400 may be the best NJ sports betting Final Four prediction out of the remaining teams considering all they’ve gone through to make it this far.
2019 March Madness: Final Four Sports Betting Predictions
- Auburn +5.5 and & Over 130.5 (+275 on DraftKings Sportsbook)
The premise of this bet is that Auburn is going to deal with Virginia’s vexing defense by doing what it does best: knock down long-range shots. If they’re able to make a few shots and even get going in transition a bit, there’s no doubt they can put up points while staying in this game. Virginia may find a way to end the dream, but Auburn’s offense keeps them close and some fouls at the end push this over.
- Michigan State ML & Under 132.5 (+215 on the DraftKings Sportsbook app)
NJ sports betting players should expect the pace of this game to slow down to a crawl at times as these two defense force misses and the offenses struggle to score. We believe this game comes down to the final few possessions, so we’re not interested in giving any points away to a dangerous Texas Tech team. Michigan State survives and the game doesn’t reach the total by the time it’s all over for the last of our Final Four predictions.
2019 NCAA Tournament: DraftKings App Sports Betting Results For Sunday’s Elite Eight Picks
Public Split On Duke-Michigan State Sports Betting Picks
By looking at data from DraftKings Sportsbook, it’s easy to tell the public was split on which team to bet on in the Duke-Michigan State game, along with the total amount of points.
NJ online sports betting players split the money exactly 50-50 on the spread between the Blue Devils and Spartans, while Duke took slightly more tickets. After Duke got lucky to survive two extremely close calls, Michigan State took their last life with a thrilling one-point victory to send half of the betting public home happy with the No. 1 overall seed eliminated from the tournament. Michigan State’s odds were somewhere around +400 to win the East Region before the NCAA Tournament began.
As far as the total is concerned, NJ sports betting action inflated the line all the way to 152.5. The pace of the game slowed in the second half especially, easily securing a win for under bettors.
OT Saves NJ Sports Betting Players With The Over In Elite Eight
Depending on which side of the total you have, overtime can be a blessing or a curse. In the Kentucky-Auburn clash, the majority of totals bettors were handed a gift by the extra frame.
A very high 70 percent of the money and 72 percent of tickets were on the over, and by the flow of the game, it never should have come close. With the pace of the game pointing far below the 142.5 total, those with the under looked to have victory assured. A tie game at the end of regular, however, changed everything. With 23 points needed in five minutes, over bettors saw 28 put up on the board thanks to late fouling and free throws, clearing the over by over five points in a 77-71 Auburn win.
Data from DraftKings Sportsbook shows us betting players were a bit torn on the point spread of this matchup as well. Despite 56 percent of the money being on Kentucky, each team to half of the tickets. While it looked like Kentucky may win in regulation, overtime saw fortunes switch to the other side as Auburn reached its first-ever Final Four.
Popular Sports Betting Picks On DraftKings App During Sweet 16 & Elite Eight
According to the DraftKings Sportsbook app, Duke games were extremely popular among NJ sports betting players during the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils’ two-point win over Virginia Tech in the Sweet 16 drew the most amount of betting tickets of any game throughout the two rounds. Their one-point regional final against loss to Michigan State saw the fifth-most tickets and the most money wagered in total over the four days.
As evidenced by the above chart, Auburn’s games with North Carolina and Kentucky were popular among NJ sports betting players at DraftKings Sportsbook as well, rounding out the top five in handle. Virginia’s Sweet 16 win vs. Oregon took the third-most bets, but it’s Final Four-sealing victory over Purdue earned the second-most sports betting money behind Duke-Michigan State.