VEGAS MADNESS: GONZAGA AT THE TOP OF FINAL FOUR HEAP!

By Sam Bush

Here is a look at the current power ratings for the remaining four teams.

You can use these to compare to the current point spreads (we would have Gonzaga -7 over South Carolina compared to the current consensus line of -6.5 and would have North Carolina only -3 compared to the current line of -5):

 

1. Gonzaga Bulldogs

VPR: 19.5 (last week: 19.5)
BPI: 20.5 (1)

The Bulldogs held off West Virginia 61-58 in the Sweet 16 last Thursday, pushing as 3-point favorites, before romping 83-59 over Xavier as 8.5-point favorites on Saturday. That 1-0-1 ATS mark improved them to 1-2-1 ATS in the NCAA tournament and puts them at 23-11-1 ATS (67.6 percent), though they’re only 4-7-1 since their 19-4-1 ATS (82.6 percent) start to the season.

 

 

2. North Carolina Tar Heels

VPR: 19 (last week: 19)
BPI: 19.6 (3)

The Tar Heels dominated in their 92-80 win over Butler last Friday as 4-point favorites, but then had to hold off Kentucky 75-73 on Luke Maye’s game-winning shot to push as 2-point favorites. They were also 1-0-1 ATS over the weekend, but they’re 2-1-1 ATS in the tournament and still a respectable 19-15-3 ATS (55.9 percent) on the season.

 

 

3. Oregon Ducks

VPR: 16 (last week: 15.5)
BPI: 17.2 (11)

The Ducks upset Michigan 69-68 after going off as 1-point underdogs (despite being a No. 3 seed against No. 7 Michigan) and then knocked off Midwest No. 1 seed Kansas 74-60 on Saturday as 6.5-point underdogs and +300 on the money line. That ATS sweep improved Oregon to 3-1 ATS in the tourney and earned a 1/2-point increase from our panel.

 

 

4. South Carolina Gamecocks

VPR: 12.5 (last week: 11.5)
BPI: 11.3 (28)

The Gamecocks blew away Baylor 70-50 on Friday as 3-point underdogs and +140 on the money line before rallying to beat Florida 77-70 on Sunday as 3-point underdogs and +145 on the money line. South Carolina, which is now 4-0 ATS in the tournament (and all four wins being outright upsets), was increased a full point by our panel after being upgraded by 1.5 points last week.

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