Charm City Wiseguy

Chris Appel

Final 4 and Shell Houston Open betting guide:


OKLAHOMA +2 over Villanova

Buddy Hield. Buddy Hield. Buddy Hield. Goodnight everyone.

I am told to write more, I suppose I should. Not only does Oklahoma have (arguably) the best scorer in the nation, but their supporting cast is severely underrated. Isaiah Cousins and Jordan Woodard could possibly be top scorers on several other D-1 schools. These guys unselfishly take a back seat to Buddy. If Villanova wants to make it a game where Buddy Hield isn’t the one who beats them, Oklahoma has more than viable options beyond him, not to mention, good size in the front court. Take Oklahoma getting 2 points.


UNC -9.5 over Syracuse

I like UNC not only to cover, but to win by 20. I see this game resulting in something like a 95-75 final. I know familiarity often times makes games closer, but UNC has had a week to game plan against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense; other teams this tournament haven’t had that luxury. Watch for Marcus Paige to knock down some threes while Bryce Johnson and Kennedy Meeks work a nice little high post – low post offense. Syracuse has played UNC tough both games this season, but I just see that as all the more reason UNC doesn’t take them lightly this time. Take UNC -9.5 here.


Shell Houston Open

Why NOT gamble on golf?!?! I will now be doing a quick blurb every weekend for PGA, WGC, and major tournament weekends. We will start with the Shell Houston Open this weekend, with The Masters looming right around the corner. I will give both a favorite and a long shot to look out for this week.

I like Dustin Johnson at 14/1 odds here. This course favors longer drivers (see last year’s winner: JB Holmes). Dustin played very well last week at WGC match play and has been consistently high up on the leader board week in and week out. His distance off the tee and greens in regulation give him a good shot to win. Also, take a look at Tony Finau at 75/1. Long hitter with all the confidence in the world right now, but the deep sleeper is Brendon de Jonge. Throw a little wager on him at 200/1 right now, and watch him compete this weekend. He finished t5 last year in the event. He is known to navigate his way around these tracks fairly well. Might be something fun to watch with those odds.


Happy hunting.