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Breaking down the bracket favorites

POSTED: March 16, 2011 11:36 a.m.

Every year when the NCAA tournament bracket comes out, there’s a team, maybe a couple, that stand out as the ones to beat.

Last year, to a certain extent, it was Duke. Kansas, with those five future pros, was the bracket behemoth in 2008, and Florida was the no-brainer the year before.

This year, there doesn’t seem to be that one team that’ll be at the top of everyone’s bracket. It’s probably closer to a dozen. Heck, there are five or six teams just in the Big East that could be considered legitimate title contenders.

Certainly, going with one of the top four seeds is a pretty safe route, but each one in this year’s field of 68 has enough flaws that it’s going to be difficult to feel certain about the final pick at the middle of the bracket.

To help out, here’s a rundown of the favorites, with opening odds to win the title from the folks at Glantz-Culver:


Ohio State

Odds to win championship:

The Buckeyes are as deep and talented as any team in the country and have a national-player-of-the-year candidate in freshman Jared Sullinger. The Buckeyes also have sharpshooter Jon Diebler, who led the

nation in 3-point shooting at 50 percent.

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