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Only three games left in a tournament that has given us a little bit of everything. We saw the first win by a No. 16 seed, epic Nevada comebacks, Cinderella runs, multiple buzzer-beaters and many thrilling (or heartbreaking) betting victories. And after 64 games over the course of 13 days, we have trimmed the field from 68 teams to the final four of Villanova, Kansas, Michigan and Loyola-Chicago.
Only Villanova has had a relatively easy path to San Antonio, covering all four games as a favorite with ease. Jay Wright’s crew has been living in #GreenDotCity all tournament. Speaking of Cinderella and buzzer-beaters, while Loyola-Chicago also remains undefeated against the spread, the No. 11 seed won on a buzzer-beater against Miami on the first Thursday of the tournament! The No. 3 seed Wolverines also stayed alive because of an improbable buzzer-beater against Houston. And Kansas punched the last ticket to San Antonio in overtime against Duke in an absolute classic. (Grayson Allen will see this shot in his nightmares for years to come.)
We have a five-day break to analyze these games from every angle, but we wanted to take a quick initial look at both matchups for those who are looking to get down early action or just looking for Monday morning reading material. We will start with Loyola-Chicago’s chances against Michigan, then finish up with the prime-time showdown between No. 1 seeds Villanova and Kansas. Let’s dive in.
Editor’s note: Spreads via 5Dimes late Sunday night. Check out live odds and betting percentages here.
2018 FINAL FOUR
#11 Loyola-Chicago vs. #3 Michigan -5 | O/U: 129
Saturday, 6:09 p.m. ET | San Antonio
Analysis: For the Miracle Ramblers, this game is all about how long coach