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NCAA 2017 Basketball Tournament Final Preview and Betting Tips

  • Gonzaga Bulldogs vs North Carolina Tar Heels is at 02:20 BST on Tuesday
  • Winner will be crowned NCAA champion
Justin Jackson (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The 2017 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament  concludes with the championship game in Arizona on April 3.

Final Betting Tips 

Gonzaga and North Carolina face off in the championship game of the 2017 NCAA tournament at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Monday night. The Bulldogs beat South Carolina 77-73 in Sunday's Final Four while North Carolina edged Oregon 77-76. This is the first ever championship appearance for Gonzaga while North Carolina is back in the final after losing to Villanova last season. Leading Gonzaga in this match-up is Nigel Williams-Goss, who had 23 points against the upset-minded Gamecocks. Head coach Mark Few will also count on Jordan Mathews and big men Przemek Karnowski, Johnathan Williams and Zach Collins, who had 14 points and 13 rebounds, six blocks in their last game. North Carolina, meanwhile, boasts of Kennedy Meeks and Justin Jackson. Meeks had 25 points and 14 rebounds against the Ducks while Jackson added 22. The Tar Heels also have Joel Berry, who shot just 2-of-14 from the field in the semifinals as he played through injuries on both ankles. Head coach Roy Williams will also count on Isaiah Hicks, Luke Maye and Theo Pinson.  

2017 NCAA Final Schedule


DateTime (UK)Game
Tuesday, April 402:20 BST(1) Gonzaga Bulldogs vs (1) North Carolina Tar Heels

Participating Teams

Automatic Qualifiers

America EastVermont
Atlantic 10Rhode Island
Atlantic SunFlorida Gulf Coast
Big 12Iowa State
Big EastVillanova
Big SkyNorth Dakota
Big SouthWinthrop
Big TenMichigan
Big WestUC Davis
CAAUNC Wilmington
C-USAMiddle Tennessee
HorizonNorthern Kentucky
Ivy LeaguePrinceton
MACKent State
MEACNorth Carolina Central
Missouri ValleyWichita State
Mountain WestNevada
NECMount St. Mary's
Ohio ValleyJacksonville State
SouthernEast Tennessee State
SouthlandNew Orleans
SWACTexas Southern
Summit LeagueSouth Dakota State
Sun BeltTroy
WACNew Mexico State

At-large Qualifiers

Big 12Kansas
ACCNorth Carolina
ACCFlorida State
Big 12Baylor
Big EastButler
Big 12West Virginia
Big TenPurdue
Big TenMinnesota
ACCNotre Dame
Big TenMaryland
Big EastCreighton
WCCSt. Mary's
SEC South Carolina
Atlantic 10 Dayton
Big TenWisconsin
ACCMiami (Florida)
SEC Arkansas
Big TenNorthwestern
Big EastSeton Hall
Big TenMichigan State
ACCVirginia Tech
Big 12Oklahoma State
Big EastMarquette
Atlantic 10VCU
Big EastXavier
Big EastProvidence
ACCWake Forest
Big 12Kansas State

NCAA Tournament History

The first ever NCAA Basketball Tournament was played in Evanston, Illinois, in 1939 and featured only eight teams with Oregon emerging as the inaugural champion. The annual tournament was initially considered second-tier to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) but has long overtaken the NIT and is now among the most-watched sporting events in the United States.

The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) is the most successful team in the tournament with 11 titles including seven in a row from 1967 to 1973. Ten of those championships were won under legendary head coach John Wooden, whose great Bruin teams included the likes of Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Gail Goodrich and Bill Walton. 

Kentucky, under head coach Adolph Rupp, was the first dominant force in the tournament having won four titles in the 1940s and 1950s. The Wildcats are the second most successful school in this competition with eight titles.

NCAA Champions

NCAA Men's Basketball Division I Champions

Tips & Betting Advice

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24 April 2018
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