Who is Massachusetts Rooting for in Men’s Final Four?

Who is Massachusetts Rooting for in Men’s Final Four?
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With the NCAA Hockey Men’s Frozen Four taking place at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on April 11, Massachusetts sports fans will have to wait to root on their hometown heroes: Boston University and Boston College.

This weekend, will Commonwealth fans have any interest in the NCAA Men's College Basketball Final Four beginning Saturday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona? The first game of the doubleheader is top-seeded Purdue (33-4) against 11th-seeded North Carolina State (26-14) at 6:09 p.m. ET. The nightcap features defending champion and top-seeded Connecticut (35-3) versus fourth-seeded Alabama (25-11) at approx. 8:49 p.m.

As you can see, no state teams are available for Massachusetts sportsbooks, but that doesn't mean Commonwealth fans don't have a rooting interest. BetMassachusetts.com used Google Trends search interest scores to compare search volume for each of the four remaining teams in the NCAA Men’s March Madness. These results were tracked on a scale of 1-100 and from the start of March Madness (March 18) through April 1. Here are the fan favorites for Massachusetts:

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Massachusetts Rooting Interest in Final Four

Rank Team Google Trends
3N.C. State9

In the Women’s Final Four, Massachusetts betting apps list South Carolina as the championship favorite at -200, followed by Iowa at +300. The UConn women have the third-best title odds at +700.

Northeast Fans Stick Together

Massachusetts loves its New England schools, so it is no wonder top-seeded and defending champion Connecticut topped the list with an impressive search interest score of 39. Purdue came in second with an interest score of 12 and if both teams win Saturday, they will face each other in Monday night's title game.

The underdog and Cinderella story North Carolina State Wolfpack is third with a score of 9 and SEC entrant Alabama rounds out the list with a score of 4.

BetMGM Sportsbook Final Four Game Lines

Here are the latest game lines at BetMGM Sportsbook Massachusetts.

Purdue is a 9.5-point and -450 money line favorite over North Carolina State (+350) with the game's over/under total at 145.5 points. In the nightcap, UConn is an 11.5-point and -750 money line favorite over Alabama (+525) with the game's over/under total at 160.5 points.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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