Conference Tournament Betting Picks: Large Underdogs Offering Value Monday
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- One college basketball conference tournament start Monday and many games feature large spreads.
- John Ewing previews the slate below, including his betting picks using our Bet Labs system.
College basketball conference tournaments are underway. Regardless of regular season performance, each team has a chance to win a league tournament and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
This is a golden opportunity for teams with losing records that have no chance of receiving an at-large invitation. For these longshots aiming to reach the Big Dance, their journey begins in the first round of their respective conference tournaments.
Early in conference tournaments we often see large spreads. After a full season, oddsmakers have a good idea of which teams are good and bad.
Usually big underdogs are squads at the bottom of the conference standings. These are the teams that need to run the table in order to go dancing. Their opponent in the first game often has a superior record and has shown to be more talented throughout the regular season.
Casual bettors tend to wager on favorites. Oddsmakers know this and will inflate lines for teams that are expected to win.