Kansas, Florida, Duke all even-money chalk to win crowns

College basketball's conference tournament season explodes this week, with all the major conferences joining in the festivities. Here's a sampling of what's to come.

Monday sees five conference tournaments end and two more begin. In the Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship game in Richmond 19-14 James Madison, shooting for its first NCAA tournament berth since 1994, takes on 20-11 Northeastern, which hasn't made the tournament since 1991.

Also Monday, in the MAAC title game, 19-13 Iona goes against 14-17 Manhattan; in the Southern Conference championship 24-9 Charleston challenges 25-7 Davidson; in the Sun Belt title game 19-15 Western Kentucky plays 18-13 Florida International; and out in the West Coast Conference championship game 30-2 Gonzaga, trying to hang on to the No. 1 spot in the polls, is a five-point favorite over 27-5 St. Mary's.

Meanwhile, conference tournament play starts Monday in the MAC and the MEAC.

Tuesday gives us three more conference title games. In the Northeast 19-13 LIU Brooklyn hosts 18-13 Mount St. Mary's; in the Horizon League 25-7 Valparaiso hosts 21-11 Wright State; and in the Summit League either South Dakota State or IPFW will go against either Western Illinois or North Dakota State.

Tuesday also gives us the opening games of the Big East, SWAC and WAC tournaments.

Wednesday the Patriot League hands out its automatic invitation to the Big Dance when 27-5 Bucknell hosts 19-14 Lafayette. And conference tournament action tips off in the Big 12, Conference USA, the Mountain West, the Pac-12, the SEC and the Southland.

And finally, conference tournament play breaks out Thursday in the ACC, the Atlantic 10, the Big Sky, the Big Ten and the Big West.

In Big East tournament betting defending champion Louisville is a 9/5 favorite, followed by Georgetown at 12/5, Syracuse at 7/2, Marquette and Pittsburgh at 6/1, Notre Dame at 8/1, Villanova at 15/1 and Cincinnati at 18/1.

In the Big 12 Kansas is an even-money favorite, followed by Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Kansas State at 5/1 and Baylor and Oklahoma at 8/1.

In Pac-12 tourney wagering Arizona and UCLA are 13/5 co-favorites, followed by Oregon at 9/2, Colorado and Cal at 5/1, Arizona State at 8/1 and Stanford at 10/1.

In the SEC Florida is an even-money favorite, followed by Missouri at 2/1, Tennessee at 7/1, Kentucky at 8/1, Arkansas and Alabama at 12/1 and Ole Miss at 15/1.

In ACC tournament betting Duke is an even-money fave, followed by Miami at 2/1, North Carolina and North Carolina State at 4/1 and Virginia at 7/1.

And in the Big Ten Indiana is a 6/5 favorite, followed by Michigan at 13/5, Michigan State at 3/1, Ohio State at 4/1, Wisconsin at 8/1, Illinois, Purdue and Minnesota at 15/1 and Iowa at 30/1.





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