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
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
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.