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Looking for a wide-open conference tournament field with legit March Madness betting contenders all over the board? Look no further than the Big East Conference.
There was a three-way tie for first place in the regular season and a fourth team finished one game out. Four additional teams competed with — and defeated — the upper-tier teams with regularity. But someone has to win, and every team can be had for +300 or higher.
2020 Big East Tournament Odds
Of the 10 teams in the Big East Tournament, seven of them are considered legitimate contenders to win it by oddsmakers. Four teams are +500 or lower at top sports betting sites.
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Big East Tournament Favorites
Seton Hall is the No. 3 seed after losing first-place tiebreakers with Villanova and Creighton. But the Pirates have better odds than the Bluejays and are just behind the Wildcats for the tournament, which starts Wednesday with two first-round games at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Pirates probably don’t deserve it based on how they’ve played lately. They come into the tournament having lost four of their last seven games. What’s more, against Villanova and Creighton, Seton Hall is only 1-3 on the season.
Villanova, the No. 2 seed, has won seven of eight and split the season series with the Pirates and Bluejays. Creighton, the No. 1, is even hotter and better, winning 11 of 13 while going 3-1 vs. the two other top contenders.
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Darkhorses To Consider
While the college basketball betting odds suggest there is no major darkhorse, Butler, Providence, Marquette and Xavier are behind the three big favorites.
Of those four, Providence is the only one to have beaten Seton Hall, Villanova and Creighton, splitting the season series with each. Butler was swept by Seton Hall but was 1-1 vs. the other two. Xavier and Marquette each went 1-5. The Golden Eagles come in having lost three in a row and were brutal away from home, winning just three road games.
Big East Tournament Picks
Among the betting favorites, Villanova and Creighton stand out over Seton Hall based on both head-to-head and recent play. Creighton can avoid the Wildcats and Pirates until the finals, who are on a path to face each other in the semifinals. The Bluejays have the better path and the better odds.
At +600, Providence is worth a second play. The Friars and Bluejays could meet in a semifinal, which means one of them is playing for a title. Providence beat all the top three seeds this season and won’t be intimidated.