For the four remaining teams in the NCAA tournament, the Final Four weekend is a battle of skill, coaching, execution, heart, intensity, and determination for the grand prize of being named college basketball's top team. 61 teams have already fallen on this grueling journey. It is an opportunity of a lifetime and only the strongest will survive.
But for millions of people outside of the four remaining teams, the Final Four is one of the biggest gambling weekends of the year and even more is at stake. Jobs will be lost, marriages will end, family heirlooms will be pawned, and households and legs could be broken all over just a few bad gambling decisions. For some, it is a life changing opportunity and only the strong - well, lucky - will drive off in that new car, pay this month's rent, or put their children through community college.
Will you be one of the successful or one of the poor?
I can help you through your gambling decision process. And by help you, I mean do not take anything I say seriously. I will not be held responsible for your severed right index finger - bookies and cigar cutters are a dangerous duo. I will, however, suggest that you see a doctor about that. You're losing a lot of blood. On to the gambling...
ODDS TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP
Michigan State (+450)
West Virginia (+225)
BUTLER vs. MICHIGAN STATE, Saturday 6:07 PM
Line: Butler (-1.5)
Ken Pom Predicts: Butler 64-62
--- Gordon Hayward Total Points: O/U 21
--- Durrell Summers Points + Rebs: O/U 23.5
--- Butler drove six miles to Indy references: O/U 193.5
--- Ivan Brothers commercials: O/U 97
--- Where the hell is Mateen Cleaves?: Turkey (-120), France (-300), Detroit, owner of All Varsity Entertainment Records (+700)
"OBM" PREDICTION: Michigan State +1.5 - Never bet against Tom Izzo. Ever.
DUKE VS. WEST VIRGINIA, Saturday 8:47 PM
Line: Duke (-3)
Ken Pom Predicts: Duke 67-62
--- Da'Sean Butler Total Points: O/U 17.5
--- Jon Scheyer Points + Assists: O/U 22
--- Bob Huggins outfit: Sweatsuit (-800), Mock Turtleneck (-600), Fully Nude (+1500)
--- Mickie Krzyzewski TV sightings: O/U 11.5
--- Natty Lights consumed by Kevin Pittsnogle: O/U 24
--- Couches burned in Morgantown: O/U .5
"OBM" PREDICTION: West Virginia +3 - It's the year of the Huggy Bear.