The Washington Times - November 12, 2008, 09:58AM

Press releases land in my mailbox every day. Some get deleted automatically, the subject line a clear giveaway it won’t be of much use.

Some get read and deleted.

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Some get saved randomly.

And some find their way onto the blog.

Even though I’m no gambler (well, besides a couple fantasy leagues, and even then only after some arm-twisting from people who point out how absurdly risk-averse I am), I know other people enjoy a nice wager from time to time. So when the BetOnline.com odds to win the NCAA tournament next April popped up, well, it seemed like a good thing to mention.

Especially since Louisville is at 20-1 and Texas at 30-1. Those are two teams with a good chance to reach the Final Four, by the way.

Anyway, here’s the rundown of the top 25 entering the season – for informational purposes only, of course.

9-4

North Carolina

10-1

Duke

12-1

UCLA

20-1

Connecticut
Louisville
Michigan State

25-1

Georgetown
Kansas
Memphis
Pittsburgh

30-1

Florida
Gonzaga
Southern California
Texas

40-1

Marquette
Tennessee

50-1

Arizona State
Davidson
Notre Dame
Purdue
Wake Forest

60-1

Oklahoma

75-1

Villanova
Wisconsin

100-1

Miami

Patrick Stevens