Conference championships seize pre-Madness spotlight
We're knee-deep into that crazy time of the college basketball season, as major conference title races come to a conclusion the same time many other conferences are playing their tournaments. All of which makes for some great NCAA hoops betting.
Here's a quick look at just some of this weekend's action, with a little something extra for the bettors out there.
Saturday begins with a dandy out of the Big East, with two great longtime rivals meeting for what could be the last time in a long time as No. 5 Georgetown hosts No. 17 Syracuse (Noon ET, ESPN).
Down in the SEC No. 11 Florida visits a desperate 20-10 Kentucky (Noon ET, CBS).
In the Atlantic 10 No. 16 St. Louis hosts a 21-7 LaSalle team trying to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in 20 years (1:30 pm ET, NBC Sports).
Tournament-bound teams from the Big 12 meet as No. 9 Kansas State visits No. 13 Oklahoma State (1:30 pm ET).
In the Mountain West 20-9 Boise State, a tournament bubble team at the moment, hosts 21-8 San Diego State (3:30 pm ET, NBC Sports).
Back in the Big East No. 8 Louisville, shooting for a regular-season conference title and maybe a top seed in the Big Dance, hosts No. 24 Notre Dame (4 pm ET, CBS).
Back in the SEC 18-11 and bubbling Tennessee hosts 22-8 Missouri (4 pm ET, ESPN).
Out in the Pac-12 Arizona State, at 20-10 and on the edge of the bubble, visits No. 18 Arizona (4:30 pm ET, Fox Sports).
No. 4 Kansas goes looking for a ninth straight Big 12 regular-season title when it visits 17-13 Baylor (6 pm ET, ESPN).
And finally, for a Saturday nightcap, No. 3 Duke heads down Tobacco Road for a meeting with 22-8 North Carolina (9 pm ET, ESPN).
On Sunday 22-8 Temple gets a chance to enhance its tournament resume when it hosts No. 21 VCU (Noon ET, CBS). Also Sunday No. 14 Ohio State hosts 21-10 Illinois (12:30 pm ET, ESPN); No. 7 Michigan hosts No. 2 Indiana (4 pm ET, CBS); and in a key game in the ACC 20-10 Maryland visits 20-10 Virginia (6 pm ET, ESPNU).
On the updated NCAA championship board Indiana still tops the betting at 5/1, followed by, among others, Duke at 6/1, Florida and Louisville at 7/1, Michigan at 8/1, Kansas and Georgetown at 10/1, Syracuse at 18/1, Ohio State at 20/1, St. Louis at 25/1, Arizona at 30/1, North Carolina and Kansas State at 40/1, Oklahoma State at 50/1, Missouri and VCU at 60/1 and Illinois, Virginia and Notre Dame at 100/1.