Ky., Ohio St stay firm as Final Four Vegas faves
Sin City casinos are sticking with Kentucky and Ohio State as
Final Four favorites and still think the Wildcats have by far the
best shot of winning the NCAA title.
Odds put out by Nevada casinos after the matchups were set show
they think Kentucky – the No. 1 seed overall in the tournament –
has a 52 percent shot at the title despite needing to win two more
games, gambling expert RJ Bell of Pregame.com told The Associated
”Clearly, Kentucky feels like a significant favorite,” Bell
Casinos believe Ohio State has a 25 percent chance, Kansas a 15
percent chance and Louisville an 8 percent chance, Bell said.
Cantor Gaming, which operates six sports books in Las Vegas and
shares its lines with the vast majority of Nevada’s 186 sports
books, made Kentucky a 9.5-point favorite over Louisville and Ohio
State a 3-point favorite over Kansas for Saturday’s semifinals.
Mike Colbert, Cantor’s risk management director, said early
wagers including several bettors gambling $10,000 each on
Louisville pushed Kentucky down to a 9-point favorite. But he said
he expects Wildcat bets to come later in the week.
”Kentucky, to me, is still basically a pro team out there. They
put five guys that are going to play in the NBA on the floor
basically at all times,” Colbert said.
Kentucky’s odds over Louisville are the widest gap between two
teams in a semifinal matchup since 1999, Bell said.
Bell said 17 of 27 champions have been No. 1 seeds since 1985,
when the tournament expanded to 64 teams.
Officials say that of 5.1 million brackets filled out on
CBSSports.com, just over 4 million – nearly 79 percent – picked
Kentucky to get to the Final Four. More than 43 percent picked the
Wildcats to win the title.
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