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How to bet the 2017 Final Four

Cavernous University of Phoenix Stadium has produced shaky shooting performances in the past. Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Unless you're among the rare few who are alive in NCAA brackets (which means you likely had either Gonzaga or North Carolina as your champion), the only way to make money on the Final Four is betting the individual games. Lucky for you, ESPN Chalk's college basketball handicappers Dave Tuley and Andrew Lange are here to help with their best bets.

Gonzaga (West) and North Carolina (South) won their regions as No. 1 seeds, while No. 3 Oregon won the Midwest and No. 7 South Carolina won the East.

Underdogs have been the way to go in this tournament, as they're 32-24-3 against the spread (57.1 percent) so far with one game closing as a pick 'em (Purdue-Iowa State in the round of 32). Underdogs fared even better in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds at 6-3-3 ATS (66.7 percent). Overs lead 33-26-1 (55.9 percent), but were over 60 percent before unders went 8-4 last weekend.

Tuley and Lange have also fared well, with their best bets at a combined 21-14 ATS (60 percent). Tuley is 12-6 with ATS best bets after winning with Kentucky +2.5 and losing with Xavier +8.5 over the weekend.

Tuley lost with the Kansas-Oregon over to fall to 1-3 with over/under best bets.

Lange is 3-1 with ATS best bets and 5-4 with O/U best bets.

Below are their takes on Saturday's two games.

Note: Lines are from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Thursday morning. Picks marked with an asterisk are best bets. All times are ET.


No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (-6.5) vs. No. 7 South Carolina Gamecocks

Saturday, 6:05 p.m., Glendale, Arizona

Over/under: 138.5

Lange: Among other reasons, South Carolina is here because it has shot the ball better than it did during the regular season. In four tournament games, the Gamecocks hit 47 percent from the floor, whereas during the regular season they netted a shade under 42 percent. But it's the other facets that they've really dominated. South Carolina held a combined 105-77 free throw attempt advantage, was plus-18 on the glass, and forced 68 turnovers compared to only 47 of its own.