Men's Basketball

NCAA notes: Bets pouring in Vegas for Florida Gulf Coast

Since Florida Gulf Coast University advanced to the regional semifinals, no team has been as heavily bet to win this year's title as the Eagles, according to the Las Vegas Hotel's Super Book.

"They've been by far the most popular team," LVH Super Book assistant manager Jeff Sherman said. "We opened them at 100-1 on Monday and they're down to 60-1. They have four times as many tickets as the second-closest teams, Oregon and Kansas."

Louisville remains the favorite to win with 3-1 odds at the LVH Super Book.

Krzyzewski vs. Izzo

When it comes to college basketball, coaching chess matches don't get much better than Mike Krzyzewski vs. Tom Izzo.

Two of the nation's most successful coaches are squaring off in Friday night's Midwest Regional semifinals.

Krzyzewski has an NCAA- record 956 career wins and four national championships at Duke, winning two titles in Indianapolis. Tom Izzo has a school-record 439 wins and one national title at Michigan State. He won his title in Indy, where Friday's game will be played.

And few have been better in the post-season. Both coaches have winning percentages of .736 or better in the NCAA tourney. Krzyzewski's 11 Final Four appearances are the most of any active coach. Izzo is tied for third with six.

Wolverines are back

Michigan Coach John Beilein briefly lost track of how long it's been since the Wolverines reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

Sixteen years, he said. No, 18. Wait. 19.

He was right the third time, but here's how to make it a little simpler. The Fab Five era of the early 1990s was the last time the Wolverines (28-7) made it this far.

For Kansas (31-5) — the opponent in the South Regional semifinals Friday — Fab Five means its five trips at least this far in the past six NCAA Tournaments, not to mention a title in 2008.

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