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Bet on NCAABAs we get closer to the NCAA March Madness championship tournament, all eyes are on this year's favorites. Not only is your workplace bracket going to be determined by the progress of the teams in the tournament, but NCAA betting is one of the most exciting times of the year for an online sportsbook. Let's take a look at two of the favorites – defending champions Duke Blue Devils and the Texas Longhorns.

Duke's basketball program is always a title contender, and 2011 will be no different. If the tournament started today, the team would probably be a No. 2 seed, competing with Kansas for the No. 1 seed. And Kansas' loss to Kansas State may put Duke over the edge for a No. 1 seed. So far, Duke is the favorite to repeat.

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The team is also deeper this year, despite losing star Kyrie Irving for potentially the rest of the season. The Blue Devils have adapted to the loss, with both the Plumlee brothers and Nolan Smith picking up the slack of the missing Irving. All in all, the Duke Blue Devils are basically made for a tournament run and will be serious title contenders this year.

The Texas Longhorns are also looking stronger than ever so far this year. With Kansas and Ohio State suffering some recent losses, Texas is potentially the top college basketball team right now. And they are looking ahead rather than backward, as looking backward gives them a view of last year's dismal performance where they went 17-0 at the beginning of the season, then went 7-10 before being beaten in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

But this year, Texas is at the top of the Big 12 conference and could give Duke a run for its money if the two teams ever meet (although their first opportunity would be in the Elite Eight). The Longhorns are also suffering from sub-par free throw attempts, which they will have to improve if they want to stand a chance during March Madness.


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