Wednesday, April 01, 2015

US College Basketball Final Four: Three Number 1 Seeds and 1 Dangerous Underdog

Final Four Bets Not a Forgone Conclusion as US College Basketball Heads into the National ChampionshipAfter a month of March Madness, US college basketball is down to the Final Four this weekend.  The field may have narrowed to The Kentucky Wildcats, Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan State Spartans and Duke Blue Devils, but this is still a touch call.

The Kentucky Wildcats started the Madness as a strong favorite for the national crown and they still are, but that doesn’t mean that the 2015 Final Four is a forgone conclusion. The Wisconsin Badgers have looked good in the tourney so far and there is no reason why they couldn’t beat Kentucky, the unbeaten favorites. Tom Izzo guided number 7 seed Michigan State to the title in the South Regional and his Spartans may have the battling qualities to upset Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke.

“We have three number one seeds in the Final Four and a really dangerous underdog,” commented Intertops Sportsbook manager. “Our players really know their hoops, though. We’ve had some heavy action on the Spartans to surprise in the South from the word go. Many customers who bet on Michigan State to win it all at odds of +5000 will be facing a nail-biting Easter weekend now!”

“Early upsets mean that none of our customers had a perfect March Madness bracket, but the $25,000 prize we put up will be split between the top 25 entries.”

Intertops gives the Final Four some extra spice by offering another $100 Free Bet competition. Players who correctly predict the new college hoops champion on the Intertops Facebook page are in the draw for a $100 free bet on Tuesday (Wager required; details on Facebook page.)

Video: Win a $100 Final Four Free Bet at Intertops

US men's college basketball championship takes place in Indianapolis this weekend.

The locals are trying not to look worried, but there's got to be some concern in Indianapolis that, with so much attention focused on their city, there could be a public backlash to new anti-gay law in the state of Indiana legalizing discrimination. Hopefully no gay college basketball players will be refused service.

Last week, the NCAA was the first athletics organization to speak out, saying in a statement that it would “closely examine the implications” of the law, which goes into effect in July.

“[Inclusion and diversity] are values that are fundamental to what college athletics are all about and what higher education is all about,” Emmert said Monday. “For us personally in the NCAA, this is a big deal. We’re very proud of the inclusive environment in our office. We’re very proud of the environment that we’ve created here and we don’t want to lose that. We don’t want to have it put at risk.”