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Miami-UConn Final Four Betting Trends: Bettors Favoring Huskies in Semifinal

The Miami Hurricanes and UConn Huskies are all set to face off in the second game of the Final Four slate on Saturday night. As it stands, UConn is the odds-on favorite to win the NCAA championship. The Miami-UConn betting trends show bettors are thinking the Huskies will reach the championship, as well.

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Miami-UConn Betting Trends: Huskies Ganering Heavy Attention

Per BetMGM:

  • Spread: Miami +5.5 (-110), UConn -5.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Miami +200, UConn -250
  • Total: Over 149.5 (-105), Under 149.5 (-115)

According to BetMGM’s betting report on the matchup, 62% of bets and 55% of the money is on UConn to cover the spread. 63% of bets are on the Miami moneyline as the underdog, with 79% of the money on the over 149.5.

Miami entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 5 seed and has been underdogs in their last three wins, including the 88-81 win over the Texas Longhorns in the Elite Eight. The Hurricanes have not minded playing the role of spoiler, making the Final Four for the first time in the program’s history in the process.

However, it is the second time that head coach Jim Larranaga has taken a team on a Final Four, accomplishing the same feat with the Cinderella George Mason team in 2006.

“To me, this [Miami] program is really in the same direction [as George Mason],” Larrañaga said, per the Miami Hurricane . “In these last two years, we’re enjoying the fruits of our labors that started 12 years ago.”

For UConn, the dynamic around the Final Four is a bit different. The Huskies have made the Final Four six times in their illustrious history and are looking for their fifth championship. UConn last won the championship in 2014.

But it hasn’t been smooth sailing of late for the UConn program, with the team going through three consecutive losing seasons from 2016-19 before hiring Danny Hurley as head coach.

“Even when you’re down and you have UConn across your chest, you’re still everyone’s — it’s still a Super Bowl for the other coach and the other players because of the history and tradition,” Hurley said Friday, per the NCAA website. “So while you’re trying to make that climb back up the mountain, you’re starting over. History and tradition doesn’t help you win anything. It just probably makes your opponents want to beat you more and it adds a little bit more pressure going into every competition.

“So, yeah, I’m proud of how we’ve gotten here. We built the program.”

The Miami-UConn matchup is a battle of one program getting back to prominence, with the other looking to shed the “football school” label and build a consistent contender on the hardwood. The latest Miami-UConn betting trends show the Hurricanes will have plenty of doubters to prove wrong, once again.

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