Best bets for NCAA title game

Shabazz Napier has the Huskies just one game away from a national championship. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

LAS VEGAS -- And then there were two.

Kentucky and UConn meet in Monday night's NCAA championship in the unprecedented matchup of No. 7 and No. 8 seeds, but they've shown all tournament long they could go toe-to-toe with the top contenders. In Saturday's Final Four, UConn knocked off No. 1 overall seed Florida 63-53 as a 7-point underdog and plus-300 on the money line and Kentucky outlasted Wisconsin 74-73 on Aaron Harrison's 3-pointer in a game that pushed against the consensus closing line of Kentucky minus-1 (though earlier Badgers bettors cashed at plus-2 and plus-1.5).

And now for the title game with ESPN Insider's Vegas contributors Ted Sevransky, Geoff Kulesa and yours truly, Dave Tuley.

No. 7 Connecticut Huskies versus No. 8 Kentucky Wildcats

LVH Line: Kentucky minus-3
PickCenter Consensus Pick: 51 percent picked Kentucky

Tuley's Take: Both these teams have been very, very good to me throughout the tournament. I passed on UConn in its first game against St. Joe's, which by all rights the Huskies should have lost but ended up covering in overtime, but I've backed them as underdogs the past four games and they've shown they can play with anyone regardless of seed, including taking out No. 2 Villanova, No. 3 Iowa State, No. 4 Michigan State and No. 1 overall seed Florida.