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Final Odds: Duke back on top line

BYU's loss, coupled with Brandon Davies' suspension, gives Blue Devils the edge

Originally Published: March 4, 2011
By Joe Lunardi | ESPN Insider
Kyle SinglerJamie Squire/Getty ImagesKyle Singler and Duke are looking to defend their crown come tourney time.

Welcome back to the expanded edition of Joe Lunardi's Rundown, featuring tournament odds. This file will take you deeper into Bracketology. Bracketology provides a snapshot of how the bracket looks on a specific day, but through the use of Lunardi's extensive database of previous seasons, tournament odds tells you how the bracket likely will look come Selection Sunday. Today's installement marks the final odds report before Selection Sunday.

Top line report

The odds were just about 50/50 that BYU would hold its position as a No. 1 seed. But the odds make no provision for the school's honor code, so however much we may or may not agree with the suspension of Brandon Davies, the harsh reality is the Cougars are extremely unlikely to regain a spot on the top line without him.


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