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Posted on: Monday, March 29, 2010

NCAA hoops: Duke favored to win NCAA title; Mich. St. underdog


By OSKAR GARCIA
Associated Press Writer

LAS VEGAS Oddsmakers in Las Vegas say Duke is the favorite among the Final Four to win the NCAA title while Michigan State is a longshot despite its trip to the finals last year.

Oddsmaker Kenny White of Las Vegas Sports Consultants said Monday that Duke was a 7-5 favorite to win the title and a 2.5-point favorite to beat West Virginia in the semifinals on Saturday night.

White says either team would likely be favored over Butler or Michigan State in the finals.

The Las Vegas-based firm that recommends betting lines to 90 percent of sports books in Nevada says Butler has a 5-2 chance of winning the title and put West Virginia's chances at 2-1 and Michigan State's at 17-5.

The firm says Butler is favored by 1.5 points in its game against Michigan State.