The Final Four has come at last, and the No. 1 overall seed Louisville Cardinals appear to be the heavy favorite to leave Atlanta with the National Championship trophy.
Nate Silver, of the famed FiveThirtyEight blog from The New York Times, gives Louisville a 55 percent chance of winning it all. Michigan is a distant second, with a 21 percent chance at a championship. Silver also says that if Wichita State, the Cardinals' semifinal opponent, were to somehow beat Louisville and either Michigan or Syracuse in the final, it would make the Shockers the most unlikely champions ever.
Oddsshark.com agrees with Silver. The experts over there are urging bettors to go chalk and have called the Cardinals a "lock" to at least play in the title game. There, they'll be expected to win and cover, making them the logical choice to cut down the nets.
The experts at CBS haven't made their championship picks just yet, but they have made their semifinal picks. All four analysts have Louisville beating Wichita State and Michigan topping Syracuse, setting up a Cardinals-Wolverines championship game.