College basketball conference tournament odds: Spartans, Terrapins co-favorites in Big Ten

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, Michigan State guard Cassius Winston and Maryland guard Anthony Cowan (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, Michigan State guard Cassius Winston and Maryland guard Anthony Cowan (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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With March Madness just around the corner, a glance at conference tournament futures odds provides a glimpse at which programs oddsmakers expect to have the best chance to make noise at the Big Dance.

In a season of unparalleled college basketball parity, there are no true stand-out teams at the top of NCAA Tournament oddsboards. Conference championship title futures reveal a similar story, as no program sits as a prohibitive odds-on favorite besides No. 2 Gonzaga.

The Zags (25-1 straight up, 14-11-1 against the spread) are a whopping -770 favorite to win the West Coast Conference tournament crown at DraftKings, where bettors have to lay -400 on the Bulldogs to secure a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance. If a program other than Gonzaga wins the WCC tourney in March, then another team’s bubble will burst.

Another program out west did not appear to get the parity memo this year.

The nation’s lone unbeaten team, San Diego State (25-0 SU, 16-8 ATS) is a -225 favorite to win the Mountain West conference tournament. The Aztecs can also likely secure a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance by winning out this season.

Michigan State is tied with conference-leading No. 9 Maryland as the shortest shot to take home the Big Ten tournament crown. The event, scheduled for March 11-15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, features seven teams in the 10/1 and under range to emerge victorious at the end of the tournament.

Despite its third-place spot 1.5 games behind the first-place Terrapins in the regular-season conference standings, Sparty is 4/1 to win the Big Ten tournament crown. Some prognosticators believe that up to 12 teams from the conference can make the Big Dance this year, especially considering the strong non-conference resumes of Ohio State and Michigan, both well below the middle of the standings.

While we recommend a moneyline rollover approach instead of futures bets come tournament time to maximize returns, it is prudent to study the futures board in order to gauge where the betting market stands entering the stretch run of regular-season games.

Here are tournament futures odds for the 10 top conferences in college basketball.

Conference tournament title odds

AAC

Houston +250
Wichita State +300
Memphis +350
Cincinnati +550
Tulsa +1000
SMU +1500
UConn +2000
Temple +2500
South Florida +4000
UCF +5000
East Carolina +8000
Tulane +8000

Atlantic 10

Dayton -125
VCU +275
Rhode Island +800
George Mason +1300
Duquesne +1600
Richmond +2500
Davidson +3000
Saint Louis +3000
LaSalle +5000
UMass +7000
St. Joseph’s +7000
St. Bonaventure +8000
Fordham +10000
George Washington +12500

ACC

Duke +275
Florida State +300
Louisville +300
Virginia +650
North Carolina +1000
Syracuse +2000
Virginia Tech +3500
NC State +4000
Notre Dame +4000
Clemson +5000
Miami FL +5000
Pittsburgh +5000
Boston College +8000
Georgia Tech +8000
Wake Forest +10000

Big 12

Baylor +150
Kansas +200
West Virginia +350
Texas Tech +650
Oklahoma +2500
Texas +2500
TCU +4000
Kansas State +6000
Oklahoma State +6000
Iowa State +8000

Big East

Villanova +275
Butler +300
Marquette +350
Creighton +450
Xavier +800
Providence +1500
St. John’s +2000
Georgetown +2200
DePaul +3000

Big Ten

Maryland +400
Michigan State +400
Illinois +500
Iowa +500
Penn State +500
Michigan +1000
Ohio State +1000
Purdue +2000
Indiana +4000
Minnesota +4000
Wisconsin +5000
Nebraska +10000
Northwestern +10000

Pac-12

Oregon +150
Arizona +225
Colorado +400
Washington +1000
Stanford +1300
USC +2100
Arizona State +3000
Oregon State +4000
Utah +4000
UCLA +5000
Washington State +5000
California +8000

SEC

Kentucky +250
Auburn +275
LSU +500
Tennessee +650
Florida +700
Arkansas +1000
Georgia +2000
Mississippi State +3000
Alabama +5000
South Carolina +5000
Texas A&M +5000
Missouri +15000
Ole Miss +15000
Vanderbilt +20000

Mountain West

San Diego State -225
Utah State +400
New Mexico +1000
Boise State +1200
Nevada +1500
Colorado State +3500
Air Force +5000
UNLV +6000
Fresno State +8500
San Jose State +10000
Wyoming +10000

West Coast

Gonzaga -770
Saint Mary’s +700
BYU +1000
Santa Clara +2000
Pacific +3000
San Francisco +5000
Pepperdine +10000
Loyola Marymount +20000
Portland +20000
San Diego +20000

Odds via DraftKings

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