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Jay Wright Open To Someday Coaching NBA

Apr 26, 2022 3:08 PM

Jay Wright has opened the door to someday coaching the NBA. Wright retired as head coach of Villanova less than a week ago.

"Not right now. That was something I always thought about," Wright said of his NBA ambitions. "My experience with the Olympics kind of scratched that itch. ... I kind of feel like I did it a little bit. And I loved coaching those guys."

Wright has been linked to NBA jobs in the past.

"Right now I definitely need a break," Wright said Tuesday. "Right now I'm looking forward to this [special assistant] position at Villanova. But honestly, down the road, I'd be lying -- I don't know what I'm going to feel like."

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Villanova's Jay Wright Expected To Retire

Apr 20, 2022 7:49 PM

Hall of Fame coach Jay Wright is expected to retire after 21 seasons as the head coach at Villanova, sources told ESPN.

Fordham's Kyle Neptune, who spent 10 years under Wright as a video coordinator and assistant coach, is expected to be named his successor, sources said.

Wright has called a team meeting for Wednesday night, according to sources.

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2022 March Madness Betting Guide: Final Four Odds, Tips & Predictions

Mar 31, 2022 4:41 PM

It’s bluebloods only and narratives galore with a TV executive’s dream group of national championship contenders entering this weekend’s Final Four action in New Orleans.

No. 1 Kansas is the lone top seed of the group, but No. 2 Duke is currently the betting favorite at top sportsbooks, with +160 odds to cut down the nets in the Big Easy. The Jayhawks are now second on the March Madness board at +180, while the Jayhawks’ opponent - No. 2 Villanova – is third with college basketball futures odds of +450.

No. 8 North Carolina rounds out the board with +500 odds to upset the Blue Devils again and eventually get it done in Monday’s national title game.

Final Four NCAA Tournament Winner Odds

Team Odds
2. Duke +160
1. Kansas +180
2. Villanova +450
8. North Carolina +500

All odds current as of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.

 

Final Four Favorites

While Kansas was the overall betting favorite entering the Elite Eight, those college basketball odds have flipped with Duke now leading the charge at +160 and Kansas second at +180.

The Blue Devils have been crushing it on betting apps all month, covering three straight games leading into Saturday’s Final Four matchup with North Carolina.

Duke is a -4 favorite in what will certainly be coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final game against the Tar Heels. It’s an insane turn of events for both teams after North Carolina upset Duke in Krzyzewski’s final game at Cameron Indoor – in what then was presumably his last game against the bitter rival. Now the stars have aligned for an epic rematch in New Orleans with a shot at the National Championship on the line.

 

The Jayhawks, meanwhile, quietly rolled through Providence and Miami to get back to the biggest stage in college hoops. Kansas has been billed as a serious title contender all season, even more so than Duke and No. 2 Villanova. Bill Self’s squad has been mostly drama-free and doesn’t play down to its competition – of the Jayhawks’ six losses, five came against NCAA Tournament teams – including three teams seeded third or better.

Everyone is talking about Krzyzewski and Duke going into the weekend. But with star guard Ochai Agbaji leading the charge and the most impressive resume top-to-bottom, Kansas is the more sensible pick at +180 odds to win it all.

 

Final Four Underdogs

Villanova isn’t technically an underdog as a No. 2 seed, but you wouldn’t know it after the past few weeks. The Wildcats shut down a red-hot Houston in the Elite Eight with most expecting the Cougars to get it done and reach the Final Four for the second year in a row.

Villanova was a popular pick last year before star guard Collin Gillespie went down with a season-ending injury ahead of the tournament. Now Gillespie is back and doing his thing alongside standout forward Jermaine Samuels, and Villanova is just one win away from another national championship appearance. The problem is this is the most skilled and dangerous opponent Villanova has seen this month. Maybe by a lot. We don’t see Villanova making it ugly enough to get past Kansas in the semifinals.

 

North Carolina is the more intriguing dog – the No. 8 Tar Heels are playing more like a No. 1 seed and crushed No. 15 Saint Peter's dreams in ruthless fashion during a 20-point Elite Eight win. They also put on a ridiculous offensive onslaught to pull away from UCLA in the Sweet 16.

The Tar Heels already crushed Duke’s dreams once in the final game of the regular season. They’re +4 underdogs for the rubber match after Duke beat them by 20 in Chapel Hill. This is one of the most anticipated Final Four matchups of all time and could go either way. Whatever happens, it’s going to be a serious challenge for the winning team to regroup and come back just as strong 48 hours later in a potential title game matchup with Kansas. That’s another reason we like the Jayhawks to come out on top in the end.

 

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Dan Kilbridge, Bookies.com

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March Madness Elite Eight Picks: Houston vs Villanova & Duke vs Arkansas

Mar 31, 2022 4:39 PM

We’re officially hitting the home stretch of the college basketball betting action as March Madness rolls into the Elite Eight with a pair of regional finals Saturday.

No. 5 Houston is a -2.5 favorite over No. 2 Villanova for the first matchup in San Antonio. We’ve also got No. 2 Duke taking on No. 4 Arkansas, with the Blue Devils favored by -3.5.

 

Saturday’s College Basketball Betting Lines To Back

Houston -2.5 over Villanova

We’re not at all surprised to see the Cougars back in this spot for the second year in a row. Houston is so good on both ends of the floor and proved it yet again in a dominant 72-60 win over Arizona Thursday.

Things probably won’t go much better for Villanova today – there’s nothing the Wildcats do better than Houston and both teams prefer to play at the same pace. The Cougars have the momentum and the look of a team that’s ready to steamroll their way to another Final Four. We’re on Houston -2.5.

 

Duke -3.5 over Arkansas

This should be a track meet with two teams that love to push it in transition. Arkansas has one of the best backcourts in the country and Duke has the size and reach advantage in the paint. The Razorbacks guards do a great job around the rim and they were able to handle Gonzaga’s NBA big men in the Sweet 16 upset win.

The Blue Devils will be a tougher out. This is a battle-tested team that’s faced plenty of adversity and dealt with distractions all season. Now they’re playing their best ball of the year and should get past the Razorbacks to keep the dream of a Final Four rematch with North Carolina alive. We’re on Duke -3.5.

 

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Dan Kilbridge, Bookies.com

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