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NCAA Tourney Betting: Sunday

With freshman Kyrie Irving back the Duke Blue Devils' chances of repeating as national champs just got better. On Sunday, though, they have to get past the Michigan Wolverines in a Round of 32 matchup.

On Friday Irving played his first game since badly injuring his toe on December 4. The freshman didn't miss a beat in his return and led Duke with 14 points in their 87-45 beatdown of No. 16 Hampton as a 24.5-point favorite. Irving's return made up for lackluster showings from Nolan Smith (nine points and seven assists) and Kyle Singler (11 points).

The No. 8 seed Wolverines started their tournament with a blowout win over No. 9 seed Tennessee. Michigan was a 1-point underdog but it wasn't even close in a 75-45 rout of the Volunteers. Five different Michigan players scored in double figures, led by Zack Novak with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The Blue Devils and Wolverines haven't met since 2008 when Michigan stunned Duke 81-73 as a 9.5-point underdog. Before that loss Duke had won seven in a row against Michigan while going 6-1 ATS. On Sunday Duke is heavily favored as 11.5-point chalk at Bovada.

Also on Sunday for the second day in a row Big East rivals clash in the tournament in the East Region when the No. 3 Syracuse Orange take on the No. 11 Marquette Golden Eagles.

The Orange began the tournament with an easy 77-60 win over No. 14 Indiana State as a 13.5-point favorite. Defensive-minded Rick Jackson showed he can also be an offensive threat with a team-high 23 points, and Kris Joseph chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Marquette was a 1-point underdog in their tourney opener against No. 6 Xavier. The Golden Eagles smothered the Musketeers' leading scorer Tu Holloway, holding him to five points, and rolled to a 66-55 victory. Darius Johnson-Odom led Marquette with 19 points, and Jimmy Butler poured in 15 points.

When the Orange and Golden Eagles met up during the regular season Marquette won 76-70 as a 2-point home underdog, led by 25 points from Jae Crowder. Joseph led Syracuse with 18 points. Syracuse had won four in a row against the Golden Eagles before this season's loss and they're a 5-point favorite in Sunday's rematch at Sportsbook.ag.

There's one 4 vs. 5 matchup on tap on Sunday in the West Region, where No. 5 Arizona takes on No. 4 Texas.

The Wildcats slipped past No. 12 Memphis 77-75 as a 6-point favorite in their opener behind a huge effort from Derrick Williams, who led Arizona with 22 points and 10 rebounds and also blocked a potentially game-tying shot by the Tigers late.

Texas rode their deep lineup to a 85-81 win over Oakland on Friday as a 10-point favorite. Tristan Thompson was a monster at both ends of the court for Texas with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and seven blocks, while J'Covan Brown had a team-high 21 points.

The Wildcats are a 5.5-point underdog at Sportsbook.ag despite having won their last eight games against the Longhorns. However, Arizona was only 4-3-1 ATS in those eight wins.

Here is the complete Sunday tournament schedule with odds and totals:

Southwest:
(9) Illinois 143
(1) Kansas -8.5

(11) VCU 135.5
(3) Purdue -9

(10) Florida State 134.5
(2) Notre Dame -5

West:
(8) Michigan 136
(1) Duke -11.5

(5) Arizona 138.5
(4) Texas -5.5

East:
(11 Marquette 140
(3) Syracuse -5

(7) Washington 155.5
(2) North Carolina -3.5

(8) George Mason 135.5
(1) Ohio State -10.5

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