Conference Tournament Betting Picks for Thursday (March 12, 2020): Two Big Underdogs to Hit

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  • Big underdogs have had success in conference tournament games, according to our data at Bet Labs.
  • See which college basketball picks you should make on Thursday based on this historically profitable betting system.

College basketball conference tournaments are underway.

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.


Odds as of Thursday at 7:30 a.m. ET and via FanDuel. Get up to a $500 risk-free bet at FanDuel today or see more offers and reviews for the best online sportsbooks.


Casual bettors tend to wager on favorites. Oddsmakers know this and will inflate lines for teams that are expected to win.

College Basketball Conference Tournament Betting System

Historically, this has created value betting on underdogs, especially big dogs early in tournaments.

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