Conference Tournament Picks: Big Underdogs Offering Betting Value Monday
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- With conference tournaments in full swing, there are plenty of desperate underdogs playing each night.
- John Ewing looks at the underdogs worth a bet on Monday's slate including Miami OH vs. Buffalo.
- See the picks he is making on tonight's games below.
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.