CBB Conference Tourneys – 3/8/22

*Chris Collinsworth voice* Now here’s a team that can really spoil some brackets this year. The ACC starts a day earlier than the rest of the big dogs so that’s that but a couple teams that have dominated the regular season and hope that that can translate into some March Magic.

ACC- Duke (-125)

Coach K’s send off is here, what better way to go out then winning the ACC. Already locked up the regular season in one of the weakest years we have seen the Atlantic Coast Conference. This is a team you will more than likely see cutting down the nets and on the 2 line for the Big Dance barring anything crazy happening. Paulo Banchero is one of the dudes that can will a team forward and there aren’t many threats to the crown here besides in my mind UNC (+1000) or Miami (+1100). I wrote this before the loss to UNC as well, so these odds might be more in the bettors favor as well.

Big West-Long Beach State(+480)

Okay, I watch a lot of college basketball and form a lot of opinions that I then write up and give to you guys. I do not watch Big West basketball, I am on the east coach, these games are on at 11 o’clock at night my time and they aren’t super interesting to me. So, I’m sorry.

Long Beach State was one of the better teams in this conference and have played 3 AP Top 25 teams and based on numbers they don’t seem to have a problem scoring on any team. I’ll take Long Beach State, this isn’t my most confident pick but if they win their tourney, you’ll hear from me because I am a genius.  

Conference USA-North Texas (+185)

4 losses on the season, only 1 in the conference, on a 14 game winning streak. Most of this team is the same as the one we saw beat Purdue in the tournament last year, they certainly still have that taste in their mouth heading into March. The West half of this conference seems to be much stronger, so I think the only real threat is UAB (+155) who beat them earlier in the year, but North Texas hasn’t lost since early January and I don’t expect anything to change. They have an elite defense and have a very high offensive rebound percentage which is important this time of year.

MAAC-Iona -143

Ricky! Rick Pitino is the highlight of attention as the coach leads this team into battle yet again as the favorite. Have only lost 2 games in conference play and has played many games against better teams in other conferences including a win against Alabama early in the season, they have won their last 7 entering the tourney and I don’t think they plan on sitting out the second half of March. Monmouth (+400) is a fun team to root for in this one too, games are in New Jersey right in their backyard and have a rather good away record since we are technically on a neutral site. What would be cool is Monmouth is actually leaving the MAAC next year I believe, and it would be a fun moment to just drop the mic moving away from the MAAC. So, they’re my flyer.

WAC- Stephen F Austin +550

This one appears to be anyone’s game. I like the historically annoying SFA Lumberjacks. They have an efficient offense and are top 25 in offensive rebound percentage which is an elite figure despite their size. The WAC plays in Las Vegas so no home court advantage, the whole conference isn’t great on the road. But this team is on an 8 game win streak heading in and I think the Lumberjacks are here to spoil somebodies party once again.

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