2010 Final Four Betting Odds: What started as 65 teams has now dwindled down to four as Michigan State, Butler, West Virginia, and Duke vye for the right to play in Monday night's National Championship Game. 2010 Final Four Betting Odds at Bodog.com have the Bulldogs favored by one point against the Spartans in this evening's first contest. The online bookmaker has Duke listed as a -3 against the spread favorite against the Mountaineers in the second National Semifinal game.
Michigan State vs Butler: This game comes down to defense, plain and simple. The Spartans will, most likely control the boards, as they usually do, but the Bulldogs will negate that advantage by eliminating the effectiveness of Michigan State guards Korie Lucious and Durrell Summers on offense. Butler's guard tandom of Shelvin Mack and Ronald Nored have held opposing starting guards to 37.5 percent from the field in the Tournament and they have dished out an average 3.3 assists per game more than their counterparts. Expect their defensive pressure to frustrate the Spartans offense and give the Bulldogs their 25th win in a row.
West Virginia vs Duke: This should be another defensive struggle as both squads are adept at throttling opposing offenses. However, the Blue Devils have more offensive weapons than do the Mountaineers. Da'Sean Butler, Devin Ebanks, and Kevin Jones are all capable of filling up a box score but Duke's big three of Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler, and Nolan Smith are a little more consistent a putting the ball in the basket. Yeah, Kentucky had more scorers than West Virginia too, but the Wildcats do not bring the same kind of defensive pressure that the Blue Devils do. Tight game, but Duke prevails.
Game 1 – 6:07pm ET
Michigan State Spartans +1 (-105), Over 126 (-110)
Butler Bulldogs -1 (-115), Under 126 (-110)
Game 2 -8:47pm ET
West Virginia Mountaineers +3 (-115), Over 131 (-110)
Duke Blue Devils -3 (-105), Under 131 (-110)
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