Conference USA Tournament Odds & Picks: Bet Louisiana Tech To Cut Down the Nets
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There's still a long list of conferences yet to crown champions, with 15 championship games on Saturday followed by five more before the NCAA Tournament bracket is released on Sunday.
In order to help you navigate the jam-packed week of college basketball, our analysts have come together to deliver their top picks to win each of the remaining Power 6 and high-major conference tournaments.
You'll find their favorite outright bet for the Conference USA Tournament below. Be sure to also check out their picks for the Big 12, Big East and more conference tournaments here.
Conference USA Tournament
Mike Randle: Louisiana Tech +300
One of the few teams entering a wide-open Conference USA Tournament with momentum is Louisiana Tech.
The Bulldogs won the West Division with a 12-4 conference record, one game ahead of UAB. They not only earned the precious double-bye until Thursday, but they enter the postseason having won nine of their past 10 games and 12 of their past 14.
The Bulldogs are C-USA’s second-rate team per KenPom, just one spot behind North Texas. As a result of the unbalanced schedule, Louisiana Tech is the only team that can boast wins over each of the top three seeds: Western Kentucky (63-58, away), North Texas (68-63, away), and UAB (twice at home).
Head coach Adam Konkol’s philosophy is grounded in good, tough, man-to-man defense, with the league’s best defense in 2019-20 and again this season. The Bulldogs hold opponents to just a 45.2% effective field goal percentage and a microscopic 28.2% from beyond the arc.
The interior presence of forward Isaiah Crawford (11.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG) and Kenneth Lofton Jr. (11.3 PPG, 7.5 RPG) is balanced by the explosive guard-play of Kalob Ledoux (11.3 PPG, 40% 3P). Ledoux, last year’s Sixth Man of the Year in CUSA, is shooting 60% (12-of-20) from 3-point range over the past three contests.
Louisiana Tech is dying for an NCAA Tournament bid, something that has eluded the program for 30 years. Konkol has the talent — and tournament draw — to end that drought in 2021.
Pick: Louisiana Tech +300