ATLANTA, GA. (Detroit Free Press) - Las Vegas oddsmakers are expecting a close game Monday night between Louisville and Michigan.
Louisville, the top seed of the NCAA tournament, is a 4-point favorite as of Sunday afternoon against No. 4 seed Michigan in the NCAA men's championship game in Atlanta.
Other than 2010-11, when Connecticut was a 3-point favorite over Butler, those are the smallest odds for the title game since 2008, when Kansas beat Memphis in a battle of No. 1 seeds.
Last year, Kentucky was a 6.5-point favorite vs. Kansas. They won 67-59.
A No. 4 seed or lower hasn't beaten a No. 1 seed in the title game since 1997, when No. 4 Arizona topped No. 1 Kentucky 76-67 despite being 7-point underdogs.
U-M was a 2.5-point underdog in 1993 when it lost 77-71 to North Carolina in the championship. It was a 5.5-point underdog the previous year against Duke before losing 71-51.
In 1989, the Wolverines were 2-point favorites against Seton Hall, winning 80-79 in overtime