The second-seeded Oklahoma Sooners will look to All-American shooting guard Buddy Hield to help them overcome a well-balanced Villanova Wildcats ball club that will be looking for revenge en route to what they hope is an appearance in the national championship. Thanks to this expert Final Four odds preview on Saturday’s intriguing match up between these title hopefuls, you’re going to be able to maximize your wager on this March Madness semifinal showdown. Okay, let’s get started.
How To Bet the Villanova vs. Oklahoma March Madness Final 4 Odds, TV & Game InfoWhat: Villanova Wildcats (33-5) at Oklahoma Sooners (29-7)When: Saturday, April 02, 2016Start Time: 6:09 PM ETWhere: Houston, TexasStadium: NRG StadiumSpread: Villanova -2Moneyline: Villanova -115Game Total: 149.5Watch: TBS
Why bet on the Oklahoma SoonersThe Sooners (29-7 SU, 14-20 ATS) won the West Region as a No. 2 seed by knocking taking out No. 15 Cal State Bakersfield 82-68 in the first round, No. 10 VCU 85-81 in the second round, No. 3 Texas A&M 77-63 in the Sweet 16 and No. 1 Oregon 80-68 in the Elite Eight.
Oklahoma’s StrengthsIt all starts with All-American shooting guard Buddy Hield for Oklahoma. The athletic scorer is averaging a stellar 25.4 points per game this season, but he’s raised his level of play in the NCAA Tournament by putting up 29.5 points per contest, including two performances of at least 36 points. Oklahoma also has two other very solid backcourt performers in guards Jordan Woodward (13.0 ppg) and Isaiah Cousins (12.8 ppg) and a sweet-shooting forward in Ryan Spangler (10.3 ppg).The Sooners ranked second in the nation in three-point shooting percentage (42.8%) and have played some really solid defense in limiting three of their four tourney opponents to 68 points or less.
Oklahoma’s WeaknessesThe Sooners are basically a jump shooting team that doesn’t have any consistent low post scoring threat or much athleticism in the frontcourt as a whole. No frontcourt player outside of Spangler averages double figures in scoring and no big man gets more than Spangler’s 9.2 boards per contest. The Sooners also lack depth with just two bench players averaging double digits in minutes played. Last but not least, the Sooners can often get careless with the basketball and that could also be a problem against Villanova’s heady backcourt players.
By The NumbersThe Sooners average 80.5 points per game (21st) while shooting 46.1 percent from the field (65th) and 72.3 percent from the free throw line (82nd). Defensively, the Sooners allow 70.4 points per game (136th), but limit the opposition to just 40.5 percent shooting from the field (41st).
- Sooners are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games.
- Sooners are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
- Sooners are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
- Sooners are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.
- Sooners are 4-13 ATS in their last 17 Saturday games.
- Sooners are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Sooners are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Why Bet on the Villanova WildcatsThe second-seeded Wildcats won the South Region by beating No. 15 UNC Asheville 86-56 in the first round, No. 7 Iowa 87-68 in the second round, No. 3 Miami 92-69 in the Sweet 16 and No. 1 Kansas 64-59 in the Elite Eight.
Villanova’s StrengthsVillanova (33-5 SU, 19-17 ATS) is a well-balanced ballclub that gets double-digit scoring from four players. Better yet, two of the Cat’s top four scorers are backcourt mates Josh Hart (15.3 ppg) and Ryan Arcidiacono (12.3 ppg) while the other two are frontcourt starters Kris Jenkins (13.5 ppg) and Daniel Ochefu (10.1 ppg). More importantly, Villanova has depth that can’t be matched by most teams as a whopping eight players average double digits in minutes played.
Villanova’s WeaknessesThe Wildcats don’t have many weaknesses at all if you ask me. Villanova could use more size up front, but at least in this contest, they’ll still have the best big man on the floor in Ochefu.
By The NumbersThe Wildcats average 77.5 points per game (65th) while draining an impressive 47.6 percent of their field goal attempts (31st) and a blistering 78.4 percent of their free throw attempts (78.4%). Villanova has been even better defensively, ranking 15th in the nation in points allowed (63.6 ppg) and 39th in defensive field goal percentage (40.5%).
- Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games.
- Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
- Wildcats are 34-15-2 ATS in their last 51 non-conference games.
- Wildcats are 39-18-1 ATS in their last 58 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.