NCAA Final Four odds information tells us that the games will be played at Ford Field in Detroit and that means Michigan State will be playing less than 90 miles away from their home campus in East Lansing.
NCAA Final Four odds rarely have had teams with a home court edge. In 1994 the Duke Blue Devils had somewhat of a home court edge since the Final Four was played in Charlotte, North Carolina but that crowd was not totally in support of Duke. In 1988 though there was a serious home court edge in Final Four odds as Kansas played in Kansas City, Missouri which was totally in favor of the Jayhawks since Lawrence is not that far away. Kansas won in Final Four odds that year in both the Final Four and the national championship game.
NCAA Final Four odds have already been impacted by the locale. Connecticut is a four point favorite against the Spartans in NCAA Final Four odds but that number is down from the opener. Gamblers are really taking a look at the home court advantage in Final Four odds.
Michigan State in NCAA Final Four odds could really benefit from the fans in Detroit. There are expected to be a lot of Michigan State fans at Ford Field, perhaps 40,000 or more. “It’s a home game,” said Michigan State guard Kalin Lucas. Connecticut is definitely at a disadvantage in NCAA Final Four odds but the news is not all bad. Michigan State lost to Kentucky in 2003 and North Carolina this past December at Ford Field. Also keep in mind in NCAA Final Four odds that Connecticut was 11-1 on the road this season.
Looking at the other game in NCAA Final Four odds we see that North Carolina is a solid favorite against Villanova. The Tar Heels really haven’t been tested so far and even Oklahoma couldn’t stay close, losing 72-60. “They’re not a good team, they’re a great team,” said Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel. The Tar Heels will face Villanova in Final Four odds and the Wildcats are battle tested having played in the Big East and will not back down from the Tar Heels as Oklahoma did.
NCAA Final Four odds should be extremely exciting and competitive but the home court edge in NCAA Final Four odds goes to Michigan State.
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