Louisville takes on Cinderella Wichita State for the chance to play for the National Championship. Get college basketball odds at Bovada sportsbook.
Louisville has been a favorite for this spot for a lot of the latter part of the season. The Cardinals ran through the Big East Tournament and won that championship by beating Syracuse by 18. In the first round, Louisville beat NC A&T and then a good Colorado State team in the Round of 32. In the Sweet 16, Louisville beat Oregon by 8 and then had no real problem when it came to Duke. No problem with the actual Blue Devils but Louisville had some serious problems with injuries. Kevin Ware suffered an injury to his leg that almost has never been seen before. The Cardinals were able to refocus and take care of business and advance to the Final Four. With his broken leg, Ware will travel with the team to Atlanta.
Wichita State is definitely the most surprising team to make the Final Four. A lot of people had them losing to Pittsburgh in the first round of the tournament but they really had no problem with them. They beat them by double digits and then knocked out the first 1-seed in the tournament, Gonzaga. In the Sweet 16, Wichita State was paired with fellow Cinderella, La Salle. They stopped the Explorers run and beat them by 14. The Shockers dominated Ohio State and led for almost the whole game before the Buckeyes closed the lead to just three before Wichita State closed them out.
Louisville is 23-15 against the spread and 3-1 in the tournament. The Shockers are 19-14-2 ATS and covered in all four games in the tournament.
I think the run has to end now. Louisville is too talented and with Rick Pitino, the Cardinals will not take the Shockers too lightly. Louisville will advance but not cover at www.sportsbookroom.com.