We're just minutes away from finding out whether VCU can pull off the stunning upset and defeat No. 1 seed Kansas to go to the Final Four. As expected, VCU will be heavy underdogs in the Elite Eight showdown. According to the latest NCAA Tournament odds, the Jayhawks are favored by 11.5 points.â†µ
In other words, the Rams are exactly where Shaka Smart wants them. The young head coach has been playing the underdog card the entire tournament, and it's worked to perfection. In case Smart needs any more bulletin-board material, here are the latest NCAA Tournament title odds from Ken Pomeroy.â†µ
â†µâ†µApprox title odds: Kansas 49%, UConn 19%, Kentucky 16%, UNC 9%, Butler 6%, VCU 1%â†µ
Naturally, Smart has an opinion on that. Here's what he told John Branch of the New York Times.â†µ
â†µâ†µ"One of my sisters showed me something where it said Kansas now has a 44 percent chance of winning the national championship, and we have a .9 percent chance," Smart said. "So it's kind of like that movie, ‘Dumb and Dumber' - ‘So you're saying we've got a chance.' "â†µ
Yes, Shaka. We're saying your team has a chance.