Title showdowns set to seize basketball betting spotlight
College basketball is down to the final weekend of its regular season, which means it's last-chance time for teams to earn NCAA tournament berths, either by winning their conference tournaments or enhancing their resumes. Next week, the real Madness begins.
Here's how this weekend's schedule shakes out.
Saturday gives us a baker's dozen conference tournament championship games. In the America East, fourth-seeded Albany, an upset winner last Sunday over top-seeded Stony Brook, visits second-seeded Vermont (11:30 am ET, ESPN2).
Saturday also offers up conference tournament title games in Conference USA (10:30 am ET, CBS); the SWAC (4:30 pm ET, ESPN2); the MEAC (5 pm ET, ESPNU); the Big 12 (6 pm ET, ESPN); the Mountain West (6 pm ET, CBS); the MAC (6:30 pm ET, ESPN2); the Southland (8:30 pm ET, ESPN2); the Big East (8:30 pm ET, ESPN); the Big Sky (9 pm ET, ESPNU); the Big West (10:30 pm ET, ESPN2); the Pac-12 (11 pm ET, ESPN); and the WAC (11 pm ET, ESPNU).
Then Sunday the last of the conference tournaments will come to their conclusions, beginning with the ACC championship game in Greensboro (1 pm ET, ESPN). Duke and North Carolina have won 14 of the last 16 ACC tournament titles, but top-seeded Miami is hoping to crash that party.
Elsewhere Sunday the Atlantic 10, with St. Louis and VCU looming as the top two seeds, plays its title game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (1 pm ET, CBS); the SEC, with top seeds Florida and Kentucky, plays its championship game in Nashville (1 pm ET, ABC); and the Big Ten, with top seeds Indiana and Ohio State, plays its title game in Chicago (3:30 pm ET, CBS).
Shortly thereafter, the bracket Madness officially begins with the announcement of the field for the 2013 NCAA championship tournament.