The 2016 NCAA Tournament is down to the Final Four and in one the games the Villanova Wildcats are favored over the Oklahoma Sooners by two points. Considering the schedules of both Villanova and Oklahoma for the 2016 college basketball season it’s a mystery why Villanova is favored in this game.
Specifically from these two teams schedules this season, Oklahoma and Villanova played each other on December 7, 2016, in the Pearl Harbor Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Sooners soundly defeated the Wildcats by a score of 78-55. So Oklahoma beat Villanova this season by 23 points in a game on a neutral court and they are a two point underdog in their Final Four game?
Does that make any sense? Why would a team who already defeated another team by 23 points this season be a two-point underdog to that team? That is a true mystery.
One reason could be that Kansas beat Oklahoma twice this season and Villanova just beat Kansas in the Elite Eight to advance to the Final Four. But in sports generally speaking, when one team has already soundly beaten another team during a season that game should count as a major barometer for a rematch.