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

Who is Ohio Rooting for in Men’s Final Four?
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

The men's college basketball Final Four takes place 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 second game 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-based teams are included, so there is no obvious local Ohio sports betting favorite, but that doesn't mean Buckeye State fans don't have a rooting interest.

BetOhio.com used Google Trends search interest scores to compare Ohioans’ search volume for each of the four remaining teams in 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 Ohio’s rooting interests:

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Ohio Rooting Interest in Final Four

Rank Team Google Trends
3N.C. State11

In the Women’s Final Four, Ohio sports betting apps list South Carolina as the championship favorite at -200, followed by Iowa at +300.

Ohio Fans Backing the Big Ten

With Ohio State in the Big Ten Conference, it is no wonder Purdue is tops among Ohio fans to root for with an interest score of 23. The top-ranked team and the most dominant thus far in the tournament is Connecticut, which came in second in Ohio with an interest score of 15.

The underdog and fan favorite, North Carolina State, is third with a score of 11 and Alabama rounds out the list with a score of 6.

Fanatics Sportsbook Final Four Game Lines

Here are the latest game lines at Fanatics Sportsbook Ohio:

Purdue is a 9-point and -450 moneyline favorite over North Carolina State (+350) with the game's over/under total at 146 points. In the nightcap, UConn is an 11.5-point and -800 moneyline favorite over Alabama (+550) with the game's over/under total at 160 points.

USA Today photo by Lon Horwedel.



Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. 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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