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Tar Heels favored in all Final Four matchups

Matt Youmans
VSiN senior editor

March 28, 2017 03:00 AM
Led by coach Roy Williams and star Justin Jackson, North Carolina returns to the Final Four as the favorite.
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A year ago, Roy Williams left the Final Four with regrets. He leads North Carolina back with a shot at redemption.

The Tar Heels are favored over each of the other three teams in the field. Oddsmakers at the South Point sports book posted lookahead lines on all four possible NCAA championship game matchups.

In Saturday’s semifinals, North Carolina is a 5-point favorite over Oregon, and Gonzaga is laying 6½ points against South Carolina.

In title game matchups, the Tar Heels are 1-point favorites over the Zags and 8-point favorites over the Gamecocks. Also, Gonzaga is listed as a 3-point favorite over Oregon, but the Ducks are 3½-point favorites over South Carolina.

“There’s no question South Carolina has taken the biggest uptick in terms of power rating in the course of this tournament,” VSiN oddsmaker Vinny Magliulo said. “I have bumped them up about three points.”

South Carolina is the only Final Four participant with a perfect record (4-0) against the spread in the tournament. Two weeks ago, the Gamecocks were posted at 120-1 odds to win the championship.

North Carolina (2-1-1 ATS) figures to be the most popular team with the betting public. On Sunday, a bettor at the South Point wagered $140,000 to win $100,000 on the Tar Heels on the moneyline in their 75-73 victory over Kentucky.

Williams coached North Carolina to last year’s title game, but the favored Tar Heels fell to Villanova on a shot at the buzzer.

South Point odds to win NCAA championship:
North Carolina 3-2
Gonzaga 8-5
Oregon 5-1
South Carolina 8-1

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