The Big East Tournament kicks off on Tuesday afternoon on the hallowed court of Madison Square Garden, and NCAA basketball betting fans surely won't want to miss it! 

The Connecticut Huskies, the No. 9 seed in this event, will take on the DePaul Blue Demons, who have struggled all season long to gain traction in conference. Tipoff is slated for high noon in the Big Apple.

Demons Have the Blues in the Big East

Poor DePaul has really been overmatched all season long in conference, and it all ended in the regular season with the dud of all duds. The Blue Demons were crunched by the Syracuse Orange 107-59 in the biggest embarrassment of the campaign. This was the fourth straight failed attempt at a cover against the college basketball odds for them (0-3-1 ATS).

However, there is definitely some reason to wonder if the Blue Demons can't at least keep this one remotely interesting for awhile. After all, this team forced the Villanova Wildcats to OT just a few weeks ago, and it has stuck inside this number four times since the start of February against teams that are surely going to be in the NCAA Tournament out of this conference.

Kicking It With Kemba

The fans in Storrs had better not get used to seeing Kemba Walker too many more times, as he is surely going to end up leaving after this season.

And who could blame him for wanting out of UConn? The program was really hurt by this recruiting scandal with Head Coach Jim Calhoun, and though there are no postseason sanctions, there is a loss of scholarships and other key factors to getting some elite players into the school. There really just aren't all that many bodies around to help him out.

Case in point... In the team's final loss of the regular season against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Walker scored 34 points and didn't leave the court for even the slightest of breathers for the whole game. The rest of the team only had 33 points in the three point defeat to the Irish.

Walker is the only man averaging double digits in scoring this year for Connecticut, as he is at 23.1 PPG. Alex Oriakhi was a double digit scorer on a regular basis at the start of the season, but he has largely disappeared during the second half of the year as well, while Jeremy Lamb is at least sometimes reaching the coveted 10+ point mark.

Stacking Up the Big East Tournament Odds

Though the Blue Demons only have won outright win in this series since coming over from Conference USA, we don't need them to even remotely come close to winning outright to cover the number in this one. The oddsmakers are giving up 15.5 points on the NCAA basketball betting board.

What we have to remember about the Huskies is that they really have to get ready for the long haul in this game. Walker just cannot play 40 minutes and expect to be able to help his team with five games in five days against some of the best squads in the country.

As a result, we have to go with the Blue Demons. They might not be all that pretty, but this is their Super Bowl, and there's no way that they are going to go out without at least a bit of a fight, especially against a bunch of Huskies that just haven't been all that impressive for most of the year.