Kansas, Duke preferred over Villanova, North Carolina

The odds and totals for the men's Final Four matchups between Duke and North Carolina and Kansas and Villanova are set. (Author: Gardener)

North CarolinaThe odds and totals for the men's Final Four matchups between Duke and North Carolina and Kansas and Villanova are set. Scoring: #1 Kansas (-4) vs. #2 Villanova Scoring: #2 Duke (-4.5) vs. #8 North Carolina Due to North Carolina's rise to champions in the East Region, basketball fans are now getting NCAA for the first time ever -Tournament match between two of college basketball's greatest rivals in Duke and UNC. The ACC enemies split up their regular season meetings, with the Tar Heels spoiling Mike Krzyzewski's last home game on the sidelines at Cameron. Having these two legendary programs go head-to-head in the Final Four in Coach K's final season is arguably the dream match of the 2022 NCAA tournament. Villanova's Jay Wright has beaten Bill Self twice in three NCAA tournament matchups. Don't underestimate Wright, who has been 20-3 SU and 19-4 ATS in the men's NCAA tournament since 2016, as he has a full week to prepare and make adjustments. After 59 games we have only one seeded #1 (Kansas) in the Final Four and underdogs lead in sports betting nationwide by a 57.6% margin. In the first round, the favorites went straight up 22-10 (SU), but more importantly for sports bettors, the underdogs posted a 17-15 against the spread mark (ATS). In the second round, favorites went 11-5 SU and 10-6 ATS, but underdogs like No. 15 St. Peter's (+325), No. 11 Michigan (+215), No. 10 Miami (+255), No .11 Iowa State (+170) and No. 8 North Carolina (+195) caused real surprises. In the Sweet 16, the underdogs went 5-1 SU and 6-2 ATS after only No. 2 Villanova was covered as a 4.5-point favorite against Ohio State. No. 2 Duke (+108), No. 4 Arkansas (+400), No. 5 Houston (+107), No. 15 St. Peter (+650) and No. 8 North Carolina (+125) all gained ground Right off the bat and advanced to the Elite Eight. In the Elite Eight, the favorites went 3-1 against SU and ATS, with Villanova (+145) being the only underdog to win outright. Overall, the NCAA tournament favorites lead by 39-20 SU, while the underdogs take the lead by 34-25 ATS. In the South region, No. 2 Villanova in the last six tournaments advanced into her third Final Four in classic Villanova fashion after beating No. 5 Houston 50-44 as a 3-point underdog. Once again, Jermaine Samuels led the way for the Wildcats, scoring a game-high 16 points while catching 10 rebounds. The versatile senior was named the South Region's Most Outstanding Player (MOP) after averaging 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in the NCAA tournament thanks to a 56.2% shot rate from the field. The Wildcats excelled on the defensive end, smothering the Cougars on the perimeter and holding Houston to a dismal 1-in-20 (5%) from across the arc. Villanova, who is on track to become the top free-throw shooting team in NCAA history, emerged from the charity strip with a 15/15 (100%). After shooting just 28.8% from the field, the Wildcats needed every bit of that production to get past an extremely talented Houston team entering the Elite Eight with 32 wins. The Final Four euphoria that collegiate players and coaches dream of was turned bittersweet Sunday afternoon when Villanova learned that second-top scorer Justin Moore (14.8ppg) tore his Achilles tendon in the last minute of the win had and was lost for the season. Expect veteran Caleb Daniels (10.2 ppg) to move into the starting lineup for the Wildcats and draw defensive duty from guarding Kansas top scorer Ochai Agbaji. The depth of the Villanova Bank is also severely affected. In the nightcap, No. 2 seed Duke advanced to his 17th Final Four in program history after defeating No. 4 seed Arkansas 78-69 as a four-point favorite. The Blue Devils helped coach Mike Krzyzewski reach the Final Four for the 13th time after winning the West Region. Duke once again received a solid performance from freshman Paolo Banchero, who filled the stats with 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Action from the hardwood returned from the Midwest region Sunday afternoon, where No. 1 seed Kansas ousted No. 10 Miami 71-65. The Jayhawks, lined up as favorites to cut the nets at SI Sportsbook, came back from a six-point halftime deficit to knock out a Hurricanes club drafted into the Elite Eight 12-2-1 ATS when he was placed in that role by underdogs. Senior Ochai Agbaji led Bill Self's club with 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. In the final game of the weekend, No. 8 North Carolina ended the No. 15's St. Peter's Cinderella run and defeated the Peacocks 69-49, covering easily as an 8.5-point favorite. St. Peter's, 10-0 SU and ATS in their last 10 games, were easily outplayed by the mighty Tar Heels. Despite the loss, the Peacocks can proudly return to their Jersey City campus after making history as the first 15-man team to ever advance to the Elite Eight. Of the tournament's top 16 seeded teams, only three remain. We will have full betting breakdowns of all watched promotions for the Final Four matchups later this week on SI Betting. Get a free bet at SI Sportsbook when you bet on an underdog. Frankie Taddeo is a successful high stakes football player who developed the very first DFS program ever offered in a Las Vegas sports book. Get fantasy and betting analysis delivered to your inbox by signing up for the Winners Club newsletter


Coach K and Duke get another swing in North Carolina in Final Four game for the ages

The Blue Devils and Tar Heels meet for the first time in the NCAA tournament. Mike Krzyzewski will get a title shot or the sourest ending. (Author: Gardener)

Coach K and DukeAs North Carolina ruined its big farewell to Cameron Indoor Stadium, Mike Krzyzewski stomped to the mic and told the crowd it was "unacceptable." That was three weeks ago when Krzyzewski lost his final game in college basketball's most iconic rivalry would be a big part of the story of his final season, no matter how it ultimately ended. When the NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday brackets came out, the idea of ​​Duke and North Carolina playing again wasn't even mentioned. From NFL games to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. Because on Saturday night in New Orleans, the 98th and definitely last duel between Duke and North Carolina in the Krzyzewski era will take place, in which a place in the national championship game is at stake. Call that acceptable, Coach K. Of course, if Krzyzewski did indeed walk away with his sixth national championship, he'd have to get through the tar heels one last time -- or suffer the shame of ending his 42-year career at Duke with the kind of loss that will sting forever. But notably, this will mark the first time North Carolina and Duke have ever played in the NCAA tournament. That it's finally happening in Krzyzewski's final season, when his team crosses the finish line and celebrates a return to the Final Four after a seven-year drought, is the kind of storyline Hollywood would dismiss as too cheesy and unrealistic. But things really get going this coming weekend. And even for people who don't fully understand the scale of the rivalry or what it means to the state of North Carolina, the stakes are so obviously huge that it's difficult to properly characterize them. Even as North Carolina fans geared up for a short run at the NCAA tournament as the No. 8 after a relatively mediocre season, they were comforted by the idea of ​​always having that last win over Krzyzewski. Over the course of Coach K's era, the rivalry has been relatively even: Duke has more head-to-head wins (50-47), North Carolina has more Final Four appearances (14-13), and both have won five nationals each championships. The Tar Heels celebrate after defeating the Peacocks to win a third duel with Duke this season. North Carolina is no longer an underperforming No. 8, but a team full of confidence and togetherness that could very well have been born that night in Cameron. Duke looked like a very young team nearing the finish line, perhaps overwhelmed by the pressure to deliver a special ending for their coach. But in the NCAA tournament, the Blue Devils have grown and toughened round by round, finally playing the kind of basketball that Krzyzewski would have envisioned with four likely first-round draft picks. In theory, Duke should be the favorite to win it all next weekend based on how they've thrived in the tournament. You can imagine from a player standpoint that Duke would greatly relish the opportunity to rectify his worst night of the season. But at this moment, North Carolina's presence only ups the ante. If Duke loses again and has to watch the Tar Heels play for a national title, it will put an exclamation mark on the rivalry Duke can never extinguish. If North Carolina hadn't made that run, Duke's entry into the Final Four of Krzyzewski's last tournament would be a celebration in its own right because it's a great achievement. In his 13th appearance, Krzyzewski has overtaken John Wooden and scored another important data point in his argument as the greatest college coach of all time. But Duke and North Carolina, who play in the Final Four, are so tremendous for the sport that it may be the only thing this season that could top Coach K's retirement tour. In 2012, fate brought us Kentucky-Louisville into the Final Four, a match whose juice stemmed not only from the neighborhood nature of the rivalry, but also from the personal antipathy between John Calipari and Rick Pitino. When Kentucky won 69-61, it was almost a necessary Rubicon for Calipari to cross before winning his first national title. But outside of the state of Kentucky, the memory of that game has largely faded. We don't really consider it one of the most important moments in college basketball history. Whatever the outcome between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels, that's what we'll get on Saturday. Either Krzyzewki's career will end at the side he has faced in big games for more than four decades, or he will have more than avenged the "unacceptable" end in Cameron that may have plagued him until his final days. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Coach K, Duke Gets Another Swing In North Carolina In Final Four Game Forever | opinion


North Carolina thwarts Saint Peter's run and sets up historic Final Four showdown with rival Duke

North Carolina thwarts Saint Peter's run and sets up historic Final Four showdown with rival Duke (Author: Gardener)

Saint Peter'sNorth Carolina guard Caleb Love and the talented Tar Heels ended the Saint Peter's Peacocks' Cinderella run. PHILADELPHIA — Saint Peter's was the ultimate underdog, an overlooked team of overlooked players representing a school of 2,134 mostly overlooked children. In 10 days they had cast their spell over America, toppling Kentucky and Purdue, and exploding with joy. They had made history when the first reached No. 15 in the Elite Eight and "were looking forward to making more". "Unfortunately for America," as North Carolina's Leaky Black said here on Saturday, "Cinderella or not, they're kind of in our way." The eighth-seeded Tar Heels rammed St. Peter's Basilica right out of the way on Sunday. They ended Cinderella's magical run with authority, winning 69-49 and dominating every single facet of this Elite Eight game. They tamed a sell-out crowd who had fallen in love with the 15 seeds and sprinted to the program's 21st Final Four. In New Orleans, her despised rival Duke awaits her for the first time in NCAA men's basketball history. Saint Peter had been an uplifting story. Even North Carolina players could admit that. But the Tar Heels, Black said, had "bigger dreams." Their freshman head coach, Hubert Davis, had helped teach them by telling powerfully about his own experiences as a player in North Carolina; about his run to the 1991 Final Four and the memories that still linger. Davis told his players, "The only thing I've ever wanted [for you] is to experience and see the things that I got to experience here." Carolina went down a 22-point loss on a 28-point loss to Miami Points defeat at Wake Forest to follow. It was 12-6, 4-3 in the ACC, an NCAA tournament bubbler at best, and less than a year into Davis' first season, fans were pissed. On a cold bus ride through North Carolina that night, Davis was cooking. When the Tar Heels got back to Chapel Hill, the players stayed at the facility, met and vented their frustration. Davis instead delivered a counterintuitive message that in many ways marked the beginning of that Final Four run. "Guys, I love you guys," he told them. "And I think that was a turning point in our season when I saw how positive he was," Black said last week. As they survived and thrived, some ignored the bigger picture. Armando Bacot, however, is a college basketball junkie and couldn't ignore a historic Cinderella run. He watched St. Peter stun Kentucky. "I was rooting for all the tournaments," he said. "I mean," he admitted Saturday, "if I were a fan I'd probably make them beat us too." North Jersey descended on Philly. The St. Peters congregation and countless others - from graduates to faculty, from pastors to pub owners, from month-old babies to the players' childhood neighbors - took part in the ride. However, the Tar Heels had business to attend to. Bacot pulled down 14 rebounds in his first 13 minutes on the floor. Endowed with a length and athleticism the Peacocks had never experienced, Carolina strutted to a 9-0 lead and never looked back. Bacot finished with 20 points and 22 boards. Caleb Love shot past Saint Peter's defenders and stabbed to the rim at will. They played like a team that hadn't looked at Duke for a moment. However, Bacot had kept this big picture in mind. He knew Duke was waiting for him inches above the tar heels on staples across America. "I'd be lying to you if I said it didn't cross my mind," Bacot said Saturday. He assured reporters that he would be seeing the Blue Devils that night. As they ousted Arkansas, he was certainly reminded that college basketball's towering rivalry had never been contested in the NCAA tournament -- and that an unprecedented Final Four showdown was now just a Carolina win away. Davis knew the opportunity was looming as well. As he lectured players, he quoted a Bible verse, Proverbs 4:25, which he paraphrased Saturday: "Keep your eyes straight, ignore all sideshows." "What's straight ahead is Saint Peter," he told reporters. "So our full attention is on our preparation, our training, and doing our best against a great St. Peters side." But America's attention was drawn to the allure of the story, a first-ever Tobacco Road rivalry in the April and of all things in Mike Krzyzewski's last one. North Carolina had already spoiled its first retirement party, beating the Blue Devils in its last game at Cameron. Now these red hot tar heels have a chance to end his career.


Duke looks poised for the national title

Not headed to the Final Four in New Orleans, the Blue Devils are hoping for a good bowl of gumbo, a nice swamp tour, and a few Mardi Gras beads. (Author: Gardener)

the Final FourSAN FRANCISCO — Duke had secured a trip to the Final Four with a 78-69 win Saturday night when the chanting began. "We want six! It was the Blue Devils fans, and that's what they want: A sixth national championship for legendary Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski before his farewell tour ends. From NFL games to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. "I'd be shocked if Duke doesn't become a national champion," said Arkansas coach Eric Musselman after watching the Blue Devils dissect his team at the Chase Center in the West Regional's Elite Eight. Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils advanced to the Final Four and play the winner of the North Carolina-Saint Peter game on Sunday. And let's get one thing straight: The Blue Devils aren't traveling to the Final Four in New Orleans hoping for a good bowl of gumbo, a nice swamp tour, and a few Mardi Gras beads. "We definitely want to put up another banner there," said junior guard Wendell Moore Jr. Suddenly, no team is playing better than the Blue Devils. Skeptics might point to Duke's possible semifinal match against North Carolina, which the Blue Devils defeated 94-81 in Krzyzewski's last home game on March 5. Another showdown between the arch-rivals would occur when 8th-seeded North Carolina beats 15th-seeded St. Peter Sunday in an Elite Eight matchup. But the young Duke team that once crumbled under pressure looks very different from the one that unraveled against the Tar Heels and was wiped out in a loss to Virginia Tech (82-67) in the ACC Tournament championship game. How different they are couldn't have been clearer on Saturday night, when Duke Arkansas outclassed two days after the Razorbacks upset tournament No. 1 Gonzaga. "In this NCAA tournament, my team just played good basketball under pressure," Krzyzewski said. They rallied past Michigan State in the final five minutes of the round of 32, making their final five shots from the floor. They held off Texas Tech in the closing minutes of the Sweet 16 and made their final eight shots from the floor. Then there was Saturday night when Arkansas reduced a 12-point deficit to five at 53-48 by just over 13 minutes. "We were preparing to be knocked out," Krzyzewski said. His Blue Devils promptly put on a 10-0 run and then bowled to victory in part because of their raw talent. Moore and sophomore Mark Williams are also expected to be drafted in the first round. Here's what the mock drafts are missing: Duke sophomore point guard Jeremy Roach helped cement a starting lineup with just one senior. "It's unacceptable," he told the Duke crowd after North Carolina flogged the Blue Devils in their last matchup. In public, Coach K now only raves about his team, which once seemed ready to buckle under expectations surrounding the farewell tour. COACH K STILL HAS IT: Three takeaways from Saturday's Elite Eight men's games ELITE 8 WINNERS, LOSERS: Duke looks like a national title favorite and joins blue-blooded Villanova in the Final Four. After Duke's win over Arkansas, a reporter asked Banchero how confident he was of the plan to send off Coach K as the national champion. "Let's not talk about me," he said, noting that his team had already won the ACC regular-season championship and the NCAA tournament West Regional Championship. "We won't do it unless it belongs to all of us, and that belongs to all of us. Time to own the reality: The Blue Devils don't sing for ACC championships and NCAA tournament championships. They want a sixth national championship for their beloved Coach K. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Duke looks poised for the national title: 'We want to hang another banner'


Shilpa Shetty Kundra shares a little insight into her 'Sunday sunbathing scenes' before filming 'Sukhee'.

Shilpa Shetty Kundra shares a little insight into her 'Sunday sunbathing scenes' before filming 'Sukhee'. (Author: Gardener)

KundraActress Shilpa Shetty, who is currently busy filming her upcoming movie 'Sukhee' in Punjab, has been taking some time out to sunbathe. Taking to her Instagram handle on Sunday, she shared a little glimpse of her sunbathing. Pictured is the 'Dhadkan' actress sitting on a chair with a white handkerchief on her head. With her eyes closed, Shilpa seemed to be catching the “much needed” vitamin D on this bright and sunny day. Got some much needed Vit D before dressing #Sukhee for the day. (Don't miss the roof!) #Sunday #morning ritual #peace #sunbathing #Sunday vibes #shootdiaries. Speaking of Shilpa's upcoming movie, Sukhee is directed by Sonal Joshi and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Vikram Malhotra and Shikha Sharma.


Early morning car-pedestrian accident in Beaumont claims one life, closure of Eastex Freeway

An investigation is underway after a car-pedestrian crash claimed the life of a man early Sunday morning in Beaumont. Judge Collins said a 67-year-old man was hit by a vehicle and killed. What led to the accident and whether there were other people is currently unclear. (Author: Gardener)

BeaumontAn investigation is underway after a car-pedestrian crash claimed the life of a man early Sunday morning in Beaumont. Beaumont Police responded to the southbound lanes of the Eastex Freeway near Lawrence Drive. Judge Collins said a 67-year-old man was hit by a vehicle and killed. It is currently unclear what led to the accident and whether other people were injured. Beaumont Police said traffic will be temporarily diverted onto Tram Road. GET NEWS AND WEATHER WARNINGS | Download the 12News app on your mobile Send us a news tip | Download our app | Download 12News "In the Know" newsletter.


Small shot on Sunday morning at the Winston-Salem condominium

Winston-Salem Police are investigating a Sunday morning shooting that left a minor injured. Click the video player above to see other headlines from WXII 12 News. Sign up for our newsletter. Officials said they responded at 11:15 a.m. at the 300 block of Glendare Drive after the incident. Upon arrival, police found the victim had a gunshot wound to the upper right arm. (Author: Gardener)

morningWinston-Salem Police are investigating a Sunday morning shooting that left a minor injured. Click on the video player above to see other headlines from WXII 12 News Officers who responded after the 11:15 am incident at the 300 block of Glendare Drive. Upon arrival, police found the victim had a gunshot wound to the upper right arm. Police said a neighbor mishandled a gun when it accidentally went off and the bullet left their home, entering the victim's home and hitting them. There is still a heavy police presence in the area of ​​the incident as officers conduct further investigations. WATCH WXII: Get the latest Greensboro, High Point and Winston Salem news of the day.


Sunday morning in the spotlight

Matt Harrington spoke about the green foam noses, which have come out every March for the past three decades to raise awareness for the Logan Center and the fundraiser that helps them provide programs for children and adults with disabilities. (Author: Gardener)

SundayMatt Harrington spoke about the green foam noses, which have come out every March for the past three decades to raise awareness for the Logan Center and the fundraiser that helps them provide programs for children and adults with disabilities. SOUTH BEND, Indiana (WNDU) - The CEO of the Logan Center took the spotlight with Jack Springgate on News Now Sunday morning to discuss the final days of the Great Logan Nose-On. Matt Harrington spoke about the green foam noses, which have come out every March for the past three decades to raise awareness for the Logan Center and the fundraiser that helps them provide programs for children and adults with disabilities. It all ends this Tuesday with a luncheon with a visit from Chris Nikic, the first person with Down Syndrome to complete an Iron Man triathlon. It's an inspiring ending to a tradition of helping our community think about inclusion and how the Logan Center is working to make it happen. "They work with us. It's really helped people realize that people of all abilities are part of our community and we should embrace them just like everyone else," Harrington said.


Blaze 21% included Sunday mornings

Officials said Sunday the NCAR fire was 21% contained. (Author: Gardener)

SundayOfficials said Sunday the NCAR fire was 21% contained, but crews want to wait and see how firefighting efforts are going before lifting more evacuation orders. Mike Smith, the incident commander at Boulder Fire-Rescue, said the fire had grown to 200 acres but a plane was flying over the fire to remeasure its size and another update would come later Sunday. Boulder Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Marya Washburn said the reduced evacuation area includes 1,629 people in 699 residences and 836 buildings. "Evacuation areas are also being reviewed to ensure they are appropriate and we hope to get people home when we can," Smith said. Smith noted that a change in forecast with wind shifts from south to north and northwest could force more evacuations, but officials are hoping that won't be necessary. Officials don't expect to lift further evacuation orders until about 6 p.m. so they can see what progress crews can make on the fire, he said. About 110 firefighters will also focus on beefing up fire lines to make sure they don't move toward Boulder or Eldorado Springs. He said winds today are not like they were during the Marshall Fire and that this fire is burning at low intensity and that officials expect to be in a good spot tomorrow if calm weather continues. Officials said the fire broke out around 2 p.m. Saturday, with winds around 15 to 25 mph in the area at this time from the Northwest. While crews work to contain the fire, the Open Space and Mountain Park hiking trails from Chautauqua south to Eldorado Springs remain closed. Smith said he hasn't heard of any major damage to trails. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and the Boulder County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who was on or near the trails south of NCAR at the time the fire broke out and who may have seen something to call 720-564-2679 or one Send email to [email protected] Smith said they believe the Bear Canyon fire started in the northwest portion of the fire area.


Bobbehead thread on Sunday morning

Their Sunday morning line-up plus The Good Liars' full video coverage of the absurd March For Life. (Author: Gardener)

morningWade, with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's hearings, let's go back to the March for Life in January, but through the expert reporting lens of The Good Liars. As a clinic attendant, I could never face attending one of those stupid marches for life, so these guys are really doing the Lord's work. Watch as The Good Liars expose these hypocritical assholes for the hypocrites they are. S. NATO Ambassador Julianne Smith ... Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) ... Sen. Cory Booker (DN.J.) ... José Andrés ... Panel: Karen Finney, Scott Jennings, Rebeccah Heinrichs and Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D- Mass.) ... Ambassador of Ukraine Oksana Markarova ... Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) ... Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) ... Panel: retired Lt. Gen. James Clapper, Beth Sanner, retired Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard and Susan Glaser. FOX “Fox News Sunday,” guest host by John Roberts: Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) … Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) … US Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith. Panel: Karl Rove, Gillian Turner, Chad Pergram and Marie Harf. NBC “Meet the Press”: Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova…Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)…Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)…Richard Engel reporting from Ukraine. Panel: Yamiche Alcindor, Stephen Hayes, Jeh Johnson and Susan Page.