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With the Final Four action returning to the Alamodome for the first time in a decade, Kansas has to like its chances. The program won it all in San Antonio for the third time in school history in 2008. The Jayhawks have returned to the semifinals for the first time since 2012 and 15th time overall with a great shot at cutting down the nets this weekend. They’ve gone from 17-1 to 3-1 after winning the Elite Eight. They will match up with fellow No. 1 seed Villanova, a team that has been the odds-on favorite since the beginning, for the right to advance to the finale. The Wildcats, who are seeking their second title in three years, have moved from 4-1 to returning less than even money (-115) upon dominating the East region. Many had these squads penciled in to go this far on their brackets, but they deserve accolades for surviving the first four rounds of a one of the wildest March Madness tourneys in recent history.
Darren Rovell tweeted out the percentage of ESPN brackets that had each Final Four team:
Percentage of brackets out of the 17.3 million submitted to ESPN that had each Final Four team:
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 25, 2018
The other side of the bracket might turn a few more heads, as it features Michigan taking on Loyola-Chicago. The Wolverines shouldn’t shock anyone, as they were one of the hottest teams in the country coming into March Madness. Despite being made a No. 3 seed, they had the fifth-best odds of any team in the field. Those odds have only changed a bit after the team won four games in a row, going from 10-1 to 2.3-1. It’s Michigan’s upcoming opponent that has everyone excited for the prospect of a historic national championship. The Ramblers are the best Cinderella team that the Big Dance has seen in quite some time and have a real shot at winning this year, something a No. 11 seed, or any seed lower than a No. 8 for that matter, has ever done. After starting out as a 60-1 longshot, Loyola-Chicago has rocketed up to 10-1 to cut down both nets at the Alamodome this weekend. Don’t sleep on the Ramblers, however, as they have just as many national titles on their resume (1) as their semifinals foe.
There’s almost going to certainly be a great finish to what has been an excellent March Madness, but only one of these well-deserving programs can hoist the trophy and cut down the nets while “One Shining Moment” plays late on Monday night. Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com is back with some advice to help you pick a national champion. Before getting to the Vegas pro’s prediction, take a look at the complete schedule, tip-off times, TV and live streaming info, updated odds and more for both Final Four games that will wind down the 2018 NCAA Tournament: