Final Four Primer

Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey has carried his team to the national semifinals by shooting at a 67-percent clip from the field, splashing the nets at a 65.4 percent rate from downtown. The sophomore guard has 8/1 odds to win Most Outstanding Player honors.

Published on Thursday, 3/30/17, at 12:13 p.m. Eastern.
Updated on Saturday, 4/1/17, at 11:18 a.m. Eastern.

–Check out my Final Four Primer filed to on Tuesday.

My picks for Saturday.

–Here are the four potential spreads for the national-title game:

North Carolina -2.5 vs. Gonzaga
North Carolina -7.5 vs. South Carolina
Gonzaga -3.5 vs. Oregon
Oregon -3.5 vs. South Carolina

–Here are the updated futures via 5Dimes:

UNC +141 (risk $100 to win $141)
Gonzaga +170
Oregon 5/1
South Carolina +950

THE PLAY: Oregon at 5/1

–Here are the updated odds to win Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 NCAA Tournament:

Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga) 4/1 (risk $100 to win $400)
Justin Jackson (UNC) 4/1
Joel Berry (UNC) +550 (risk $100 to win $550)
Sindarius Thornwell (USC) 8/1
Tyler Dorsey (Oregon) 8/1
Johnathan Williams (Gonzaga) 8/1
Kennedy Meeks (UNC) 8/1
Dillon Brooks (Oregon) 9/1
Isaiah Hicks (UNC) 12/1
Jordan Matthews (Gonzaga) 12/1
Przemek Karnowski (Gonzaga) 20/1
Jordan Bell (Oregon) 20/1
Theo Pinson (UNC) 20/1
Luke Maye (UNC) 25/1
Dylan Ennis (Oregon) 36/1
Duane Notice (USC) 50/1
P.J. Dozier (USC) 50/1
Maik Kotsar (USC) 50/1
Chris Silva (USC) 60/1

THE PLAY: Tyler Dorsey at 8/1

SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT! Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey is conducting a shooting clinic in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Check out these sick numbers: Dorsey is 34-of-51 from the field in the last four games (67%!) and 17-of-26 from 3-point range (65.4%).

–Make sure to check out the latest Games Galore podcast with featured guest Kelly Stewart. Kelly & I talk Frank Martin, Final Four picks and much more. Stewart joins the show in the second segment at the 24-minute mark.

My Final Four Tip Sheet posted to VI y’day.

Check out all the line moves since the opening number was sent out for Gonzaga-USC here.

–VSIN’s Brent Musburger reports that North Carolina has been getting the sharp money at Las Vegas betting shops.

–Todd Dewey of the Las Vegas Review-Journal had a few of my thoughts/quotes featured in his latest sports-betting column.

–Here are all the line moves for UNC-Oregon, as the total has seen considerable movement.

–Just a reminder: UNC’s Joel Berry’s ankle is not 100 percent. It may hold up today, or it might not.

–Florida’s Devin Robinson will test the NBA waters without signing with an agent again this year. I touch on that and discuss UF’s 2017-2018 roster here.

This is your new AD, Tennessee fans. The Vols sure know how to picks ADs. Mike Hamilton and Dave Hart had disastrous tenures, and now they’re going with the guy that let Frank Martin walk.

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