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Michigan State vs. North Carolina NCAA Championship Odds

Written by:
Dan Shapiro
Published on:
Apr/05/2009

Michigan State vs. North Carolina NCAA Championship odds opened at North Carolina Tar Heels -7 ½ across the board and have remained there 24 hours later.

"We don't see too much of a shift other than a half point either way at some online sportsbooks," expressed Don Shapiro of Gambling911.com. 

North Carolina has absolutely dominated in this series over the last three games dating back to 2005.

The Tar Heels have been favorites to win the championship since the start of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, with payout odds offered at +300 (a $100 bet would pay out $300).

Ty Lawson scored 22 points, Wayne Ellington had 20 more, and the Tar Heels, with their four, five, maybe more NBA-caliber players, eased to an 83-69 win Saturday night over the plucky but overmatched Wildcats.

Tyler Hansbrough had 18 points and 11 rebounds to mark a quite successful return to the Final Four after a remarkable dud last year in a semifinal loss to Kansas. Next up, North Carolina (33-4) goes for its second title in five years Monday when they play the number 3-seeded Michigan State Spartans.

The Michigan State Spartans NCAA Tournament odds to win the 2009 Championship were listed early on at +2500 for a payout potential of $2500 with every $100 bet.

Michigan State controlled the tempo of the game and can attribute that to its solid all-around play. Many expected UConn to dominate the paint but that wasn't the story. UConn struggled scoring outside of the paint with only 18 field goal attempts coming on mid-range or 3-point shots.

Laid low by the economic crisis, Michigan desperately needed something to rally around. The Spartans were more than happy to oblige.

Michigan State controlled the tempo of the game and can attribute that to its solid all-around play. Many expected UConn to dominate the paint but that wasn't the story. UConn struggled scoring outside of the paint with only 18 field goal attempts coming on mid-range or 3-point shots.

"It means so much, so much. It's been all bad news the last couple of years," said Magic Johnson, who sat just a few rows behind the Michigan State bench. "This was the right time, the right coach, the right team, the right mind-set."

Raymar Morgan broke out of his late-season slump with 18 points, Kalin Lucas added 21 and the smaller Spartans ran roughshod over Hasheem Thabeet and Connecticut in an 82-73 upset in the Final Four on Saturday night.

UConn (31-5) cut an 11-point deficit to 4 in 49 seconds, getting within 3 with a minute to go. But the outcome was never really in doubt. Durrell Summers, a Detroit native who experienced firsthand the hardships his city and state are enduring when both parents were laid off, converted a three-point play to put the game out of reach.

Michigan State vs. North Carolina NCAA Championship odds were courtesy of BetUS.com

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