Westgate SuperBook has UConn as -190 ‘chalk’ to win NCAAT

Westgate SuperBook has UConn as -190 ‘chalk’ to win NCAAT

WESTGATE SUPERBOOK in LAS VEGAS, NV. – With 64 teams eliminated from the 2024 NCAA Tournament, only four squads are still standing for the national semifinals this weekend in at State Farm Stadium in Phoenix, AZ.

The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas has UConn installed as an enormous -190 favorite to become the first school to repeat as national champions since the Florida Gators in 2006 and ’07.

The Huskies are poised to face Alabama, which is making its first Final Four appearance in program history, as double-digit favorites. Dan Hurley’s team advanced past the Tournament’s second weekend with blowout wins over San Diego St. and Illinois by 55 combined points.

Nate Oats’ team overcame slow starts in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight to surge past North Carolina and Clemson with tremendous second-half efforts. The Crimson Tide captured an 89-87 win over UNC as a 4.5-point underdog Thursday night in Los Angeles.

Then on Saturday night, Alabama downed Clemson 89-92 as a three-point favorite. The Tide has +1800 (or 18/1) future odds at the Westgate.

In the other semifinal, Purdue will face North Carolina St. The Boilermakers have the second-shortest odds at +225, while the Wolfpack has a +2000 (or 20/1) number.

Kevin Keatts entered the ACC Tournament on the hot seat. Now, 19 days later, he’s taking his program to its first Final Four since NC St. beat Houston and Phi Slama Jama in the 1983 NCAA Tournament finals on the late Lorenzo Charles’s dunk before the buzzer at The Pit in Albuquerque.

Keatts’s contract was automatically extended when the Wolfpack won the ACC Tournament. Just like in 1983 with Sidney Lowe, Dereck Whittenburg and Thurl Bailey, NC St. had to win the ACC Tourney just to get into the NCAA Tournament.

NC St. beat Duke 76-64 on Sunday as a seven-point underdog thanks to D.J. Burns, who made 13-of-19 field-goal attempts and finished with 29 points, four rebounds, two blocked shots and three assists compared to zero turnovers.

DJ Horne added 20 points, four boards and three assists for the winners, who also beat the Blue Devils at the ACC Tournament.

Purdue won a 72-66 decision over Tennessee in Sunday’s Midwest Region finals at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit. The Boilermakers covered the number as three-point favorites.

Zach Edey led the way with 40 points and 16 rebounds. Dalton Knecht had 37 points for the Vols in the losing effort.