Michigan and Villanova are the two remaining teams in the 2018 NCAA Tournament after they each won their respective Final Four game on Saturday night. The third-seeded Wolverines are now the hottest team in the country after ending No. 11 Loyola-Chicago’s miraculous run through the bracket, having won 14 straight games dating back to early February. They’ll match up with the top-seeded Wildcats, who just finished making fellow No. 1 Kansas look as pedestrian as the other four opponents they had previously dismantled across the opening two weeks of March Madness.
It’s an intriguing national championship game matchup, but one that may not be a close one if the odds are any indication. Villanova opened between a 6.5- and 7-point favorite, depending on the shop, which is the largest spread on a title contest since Duke was favored by seven against Butler back in 2010. The bookmakers were wrong on that one, however, as Gordon Hayward memorably had a chance to win an improbable championship for the Bulldogs with a half-court heave that was just off the mark. The Wildcats haven’t had any trouble covering the spread so far during the Big Dance, going 5-0 for backers and winning their five contests by an average margin of nearly 18 points. Michigan hasn’t been as dominant during its NCAA Tournament run, but started off the Final Four with a statement victory over the Ramblers, winning by 12 points to easily cover the five-point spread.
Chris Fallica noted that 6.5-point favorites haven’t done that well against the spread in the title game and only marginally better straight up:
Both the Wolverines and Wildcats have been amongst the most profitable teams to bet on during the 2017-18 season. Despite seeing regularly inflated lines, ‘Nova has gone 27-12 against the spread. The program has been favored in all 39 of its matchups so far and has lived up to expectations as the odds-on favorite (5-1 at the start of March Madness) to cut down the nets in San Antonio. Michigan has performed similarly against the spread, compiling a 25-12-2 record this season. The school has covered in eight of its last 10 outings and was a great bet to win it all at 10-1 back on Selection Sunday.
With only one game left to determine a national championship, hoops handicapper Jon Price is back with his final March Madness bracket prediction. The Vegas pro has been imploring readers all month long to take Villanova to win its second title in three years and still feels that the Wildcats aren’t going to lose, but may not like them as much laying seven points. Before getting to his quick pick—an in-depth betting preview of Monday’s game will be coming soon—take a look at the scores from Saturday’s Final Four games, then check out the complete schedule, start time, TV and live streaming info so you can watch online, opening odds and more for the 2018 NCAA Tournament National Championship Game. Then read on for a quick recap of all the Final Four results, highlights and much more.
2018 Final Four Results
|Final Four Matchup||Odds||Results|
|No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 11 Loyola-Chicago||UM -5.5||UM 69 – LCHI 57|
|No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 1 Kansas||NOVA -5||NOVA 95 – KU 79|
2018 NCAA Tournament Championship Game Viewing Info, Odds And Pick
|Monday, April 2||9:20 p.m.||No. 3 Michigan vs. TBD (NOVA/KU)||NOVA -7||145||NOVA|