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NCAA championship betting guide: Best bets and props

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Bilas likes Ty Jerome to lead Virginia over Texas Tech (1:13)

Jay Bilas explains why he expects Ty Jerome to have a major impact against Texas Tech, and why Virginia will claim the national championship. (1:13)

Who will cut down the nets? March Madness concludes Monday with Virginia and Texas Tech vying for the title. The Cavaliers are a slight favorite, so which side is worth betting on? Are there props worth wagering?

Our college basketball experts -- Joe Fortenbaugh, Preston Johnson and Jordan Schultz -- are here to help, giving their best bets for the men's NCAA tournament championship.

If you're looking for more analysis, be sure to check out PickCenter, which has projections for every tourney game.

Note: All odds are via Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of April 7. All times Eastern.

No. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (-1.5)

Total: 118

BPI line: Virginia -4.6

9:20 p.m. Monday in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Johnson: The market reaction to recent games is often too drastic. It isn't solely the small sample of games that causes muddled perception, but it's the way the general public consumes a specific result that can cloud judgment.

Whether you believe Kyle Guy was fouled or not, everyone remembers Auburn should have won that game (while also recalling the good fortune required for Virginia to force overtime and beat Purdue in the Elite Eight). It didn't take long, but the majority have already forgotten that the Cavaliers led by 10 points with five minutes left when Ty Jerome picked up his third foul. People won't like to admit that just as easily as Auburn could have won the game, Virginia could have put the Tigers away in those final five minutes for a double-digit victory.

The people who put stock into those three minutes -- when Jerome committed his third and fourth fouls, head coach Tony Bennett inexplicably benched him with such little time left in a Final Four game and Auburn's Bryce Brown made three quick 3-pointers (also recalling Carsen Edwards' 10 3-pointers in the Purdue game) -- like Texas Tech in the title game.

As great as the Red Raiders have played