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Early odds to win 2011 NCAA tournament

May 25, 2010, 2:44 AM EDT

The early odds for the 2011 NCAA tournament champion favor – as expected – Duke, Michigan State and Purdue, the three teams atop most way too early Top 25s.

According to, the Devils are the team to beat (6-1), while the Spartans (10-1) and Boilermakers (12-1) are right behind.

Behind those three are four usual suspects: Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio State and Villanova are all 20-1. After that, it’s a mix of traditional powers, elite mid-majors and a couple of re-building programs. Butler, Florida, Illinois, Kansas State, Memphis, North Carolina, Pitt and Syracuse.

And then, it got strange.

West Virginia is 30-1. Texas is 40-1, along with Baylor, Georgetown, Louisville, UConn, Wisconsin and Xavier. Gotta agree with Jeff Eisenberg: What are the Huskies and Cardinals doing at 40-1?

The best value on the whole list? UNLV at 100-1. Now those are odds worth putting $10 on. Not that I’m suggesting you do so. Our lawyers wouldn’t like that.

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  2. Manda Peatross - Oct 18, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Did everyone see the Pats vs. Baltimore today? Incredible, I think Tom Brady and the Pats are back on top!

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