Big East Basketball 2021 Conference Odds & Betting Tips
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The Villanova Wildcats added to their impressive collection of Big East championship banners last season. But they had company in 2020.
Jay Wright’s squad made it six conference titles in seven years but shared the honors for the first time with two co-champions: Seton Hall and Creighton. It was a competitive Big East conference race to the end of the regular season and figures to be just as enticing for fans of college basketball betting this season with Connecticut rejoining the Big East after a seven-year absence.
The Villanova Wildcats are once again favored to finish on top. We’ll see if the likes of Creighton, UConn, Marquette and other top contenders can knock them off the top spot in March.
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The Wildcats return eight of their top nine scorers from last season, including senior point guard Collin Gillespie and 2020 Big East Freshman of the Year Jeremiah Robinson-Earl. Other top contributors include sophomore guard Justin Moore and junior guard Caleb Daniels.
This is a veteran team with plenty of experience and all the pieces to earn another regular season and Big East tournament title. Villanova suffered an early setback with an overtime loss to Virginia Tech and has had a few injury issues, but the Wildcats figure to get everything sorted out in the coming months.
The Bluejays are coming off their first conference title since joining the Big East in 2013. It happened largely thanks to junior guard Marcus Zegarowski, a Player of the Year contender in the Wooden Award betting odds and the top returning scorer in conference. >
Junior forward Christian Bishop is also taking a big step forward this season, averaging 15 points in just 17.7 minutes per game. Ryan Kalkbrenner has also been a welcome addition, with the 7-foot Bluejay center averaging 10.7 points early this season. Elsewhere, this is a senior-heavy, confident roster that should push Villanova for a second straight season and make some noise during March Madness.
The Huskies are back in the Big East after a long hiatus in the American Athletic Conference. They face a step up in competition but look strong enough to compete for titles right away. Sophomore guard James Bouknight is another Player of the Year contender, averaging 18.7 points early this season. They’ll also get a big boost when Akok Akok returns to the lineup – the sophomore guard suffered a season-ending Achilles injury last spring and should be ready to return by January at the latest.
Former leading scorer Markus Howard is gone, but the Golden Eagles are hoping for a better Big East run after losing their final three games to finish 8-10 in conference last season. Koby McEwen has taken charge early with 13.8 points per game, while 6-foot-11 freshman Dawson Garcia is already contributing heavily with 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds.
Freshman Justin Lewis also scored 18 points off the bench in a 67-65 win over No. 4 Wisconsin, an early warning sign that other Big East contenders can’t overlook Marquette in the 2020-21 conference race.
Other Teams to Consider
Xavier: The Musketeers are way down the betting board but off to a strong start at 6-0, including wins over Bradley and Cincinnati. Senior guard Paul Scruggs has looked good in the early-going and sophomore big man Zach Freemantle is averaging 17.2 points and 8.5 rebounds.
Providence: The Friars were very competitive last year, finishing one game short of a share of the Big East title at 12-6 in conference. They lose a lot of talent from that team but have had others step up early with senior center Nate Watson and junior guard David Duke each averaging 18 points per game.