2012 Final Four Predictions:The Final Four for this years Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament has the look and feel a Final Four should have. No upstarts in New Orleans for this one. The schools and conferences arriving in New Orleans this year all have pedigree. Ohio State of the Big Ten, Kansas of the Big 12, Kentucky of the SEC and Louisville of the Big East. All four of these schools have won championships in the past and will continue to win championships in the future. This Final-Four is a heavy weight fight regardless of the match-up.
The Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals will be the first on the floor for a tip at 6:05 p.m. ET. KU head coach John Calipari, looking to win his first NCAA Championship, coaches his Wildcats in the first game against Louisville and their coach Rick Pitino, who last won a championship when at Kentucky. Odds makers at online sports book TopBet.com lists the Wildcats as 8 1/2-chalk favorites against the Cardinals with a combined score total (over/under) of 136 1/2. Cardinals backers are getting +385 College Basketball Odds on the off shore money line while the price of wagering Kentucky to win SU is -485 ($485 wager to win $100).
Louisville vs. Kentucky Prediction: Louisville will have to fight hard to keep from losing by less than 8 1/2 points. Calipari would like to get a statement win versus Petino who has won a championship at Kentucky. I believe the Wildcats win but Louisville keeps it close. My Prediction – Louisville threatens keeps the score within +8 1/2.
Ohio State head coach Thad Matta is looking for his first national championship while the Buckeyes haven’t won since 1960. Mattas’ Buckeyes are listed 2 1/2-point favorites over Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks with a combined score total (over/under) of 136 1/2. KU backers are getting +130 money line odds to win SU while a SU wager on OSU is -150 ($150 wager to win $100).
Kansas vs. Ohio State Prediction: I believe Ohio State has a good chance to defeat Kentucky in this championship but they have to get past the Jayhawks first. And they do – My Prediction – Ohio State -2 1/2.
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