March Madness: Who are Louisianans Rooting for in the Men’s Final Four?

March Madness: Who are Louisianans Rooting for in the Men’s Final Four?
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While it’s been nearly two decades since a men’s basketball team from Louisiana last reached the Final Four, there’s no denying that many across the Bayou State and sportsbooks in Louisiana will still have a vested interest in this weekend’s games in Glendale. 

Between fellow SEC program Alabama and the darlings of March Madness this year, in NC State, there’s a relative local rooting interest for basketball fans from The Boot, while defending champion UConn and Purdue bring plenty of interesting storylines as well.  

At the moment, oddsmakers from FanDuel Sportsbook Louisiana list Purdue (-9.5 vs. NC State) and UConn (-11.5 vs. Alabama) as the favorites on Saturday, with the Huskies holding the best championship odds of the four, at -185.  

We used Google Trends Search Interest Scores to compare Louisianans’ search volume for each of the four remaining teams in NCAA 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. 

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Louisianans Rooting Interest in Final Four

RankTeamGoogle Trends Search Volume Score
1Purdue Boilermakers24
2Alabama Crimson Tide 23
T3NC State Wolfpack 19
T3UConn Huskies 19

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It seems like the non-local team is the top pick for residents from Louisiana this weekend, with the Boilermakers of Purdue holding a 24 search volume score, beating out Alabama (23), NC State and UConn (19 apiece).  

Interestingly, none of the four teams in this year’s men’s Final Four have a single player born in Louisiana, which has produced six current NBA players, meaning residents of the Bayou State have to get a bit creative in finding a local angle in this weekend’s games in Arizona.  

Regardless of who Louisiana residents are pulling for, Saturday’s doubleheader inside State Farm Stadium is sure to draw interest across the state, with some of the best players in the nation squaring off on CBS come Saturday evening. 

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Christopher Boan writes for and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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