|It may be the beginning of November, but odds makers and basketball fans are already thinking madly ahead to March. Sportsbook.com has posted odds on who will win the 2006 Final Four tournament and be declared national champions of the college hoops world.|
Duke is the early bet among most pundits and is listed as 4-1 favourites at Sportsbook.com, but Duke's run to a national title will likely have to go through one of three incredibly talented Big East teams.
Connecticut (a 9-1 bet), Villanova (10-1) and Louisville (12-1) will all challenge for supremacy in what is sure to be another exciting season of college basketball.
Alex Czajkowski, Marketing Director, Sportsbook.com, said: 'Everybody loves to bet on these games and on paper, Duke is the favourite but there are easily 10 to 15 teams that could win.
'Duke has the advantage now because the ACC conference is weak compared to some of the others this year. So Duke could breeze into March a lot more rested and less banged up to face the other top teams who would have fought harder to get there.'