NCAA Final Four predictions: Louisville favored to cut down the nets

Andy Lyons

After a tournament of upsets and Cinderellas, the experts agree that the No. 1 overall seed Louisville Cardinals will win the National Championship next week.

On Selection Sunday, the NCAA Tournament selection committee picked the Louisville Cardinals as the No. 1 overall seed. Now, with the Final Four just days away, the talking heads are picking them to win it all.

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Nate Silver from The New York Times' FiveThirtyEight blog gives the Cardinals a 55 percent chance to cut down the nets on Monday night, well ahead of the Michigan Wolverines, which he gave a 21 percent shot. Syracuse's odds stand at 19 percent and Wichita State is the true underdog of the Final Four with just a 4.7 percent chance to win it all. If the Shockers upset Louisville and Syracuse or Michigan, they would become the most unlikely champions ever, according to Silver. He gave them just a 0.08 percent chance at a National Championship at the start of the tournament.

The folks at Oddsshark.com agreed, calling Louisville a "lock" to play for the National Title. They then predicted the Cardinals to win and cover the spread in the championship game.

The four experts at CBS have not picked a National Champion just yet, but they have decided unanimously that Louisville will beat Wichita State and Michigan will top Syracuse. They also all picked both teams to cover. Louisville is a 10.5-point favorite over the Shockers, and Michigan is favored by 2.5.

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