April 5th, 2010
01:57 PM ET

Sports Update: Butler v. Duke for NCAA title, opening day

Butler has a chance to take home the NCAA title -- if they can knock off Duke in tonight's final.

Opening Day for Major League Baseball, closing night for men's college basketball and the return of Tiger Woods converge on the first Monday in April (all times Eastern).

– Bruins vs. Capitals (7 p.m., Versus): Alex Ovechkin and Washington have already sewed up the Presidents' Trophy, while Marco Sturm and Boston are just fighting for their playoff lives.

– Giants at Astros (7 p.m., ESPN2): Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum takes the mount for the Giants, with Roy Oswalt answering for the Astros.

– Butler vs. Duke
(9 p.m., CBS): Can the tiny school from Indianapolis (enrollment: 4,200) join Villanova and North Carolina State among the most improbable NCAA men's college basketball champions in history? Standing in the Bulldogs' way is one of the modern era's most familiar Goliaths.


By The Numbers

– 77 – Consecutive victories by the Connecticut women's basketball team after Sunday's 70-50 triumph over Baylor in the national semifinals.

– 55 –
Combined points scored by the Huskies' Maya Moore and Tina Charles, who were responsible for all but five of the team's 28 field goals.

– 26 –
Number of match victories by Andy Roddick after Sunday's 7-5, 6-4 decision over Tomas Berdych for the Miami Masters title, tops on the men's tour.

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