Nine days from now marks the opening frame of what has to be at least a million perfect bracket contests. While the odds of hitting a perfect bracket are astronomical - 1 in 9.2 quintillion according to a report by SBR's Megan Rochester - that doesn't stop sports bettors from trying.
If you're the type of bettor who doesn't fancy contests and are looking instead to grow your bankroll the old-fashioned way, through the hard work and sweat of true handicapping, Sportsbook Review has launched a futures and prop betting directory which compares the value of the betting markets setup for the 2015 men's NCAA basketball championship.
Beginning with bets on the winner of the ultimate prize — the outright winner's market for the overall championship — the page also lists the various conference winner markets and the payoff behind each leg.
Below is a quick rundown of the favored teams in each of the conference winner markets tipping off this week.
ACC Winner Betting
The best odds on Duke are 1.35 to 1, which means a $100 bet returns $135 in profit. This market closes this afternoon at 1PM ET.
Southwestern Athletic Conference Winner Betting
Texas Southern is offered at 1.40 to 1, a $100 bet winning $140, while the next best price is 2.40 to 1 on Alabama State. This market closes at 1:30PM ET this afternoon.
Conference USA Winner Betting
Louisiana Tech and UTEP are the kings of the hill in Conference USA, at 2.1 and 2.35 to 1 respectively (bets paying $210 and $235) based on $100 risked.
Pac-12 Conference Winner Betting
Arizona are nearly 2 to 1 favorites on average, so a $200 wager yields $100 in profit. This market closes tomorrow afternoon at 3PM ET.
Big 12 Winner Betting
Kansas is offered at a best price of 2.55 to 1, which means a $100 wager returns $255 in profit. The market will be taken off the board tomorrow night at 7PM ET.
Mountain West Conference Winner Betting
Boise State and San Diego State are separated by just 30¢, at 2.3 and 2.6 to 1 respectively, so these wagers pay out at $230 and $260. This market closes tomorrow afternoon at 3PM ET.
Big 10 Conference Winner Betting
Wisconsin are 1.5 to 1 favorites ($150 to win $100) at the top of the Big Ten conference. This market closes tomorrow at 4:30PM ET.
Atlantic 10 Conference Winner Betting
Davidson is priced at 2.4 to 1 at the top of the Atlantic 10 winner market, which will be taken off the board tomorrow night at 6:30PM ET.
Big East Conference Winner Betting
Villanova is the clear favorite out east as they are 1.45 to 1 favorites to win the conference, so a $145 wager pays $100. This market closes tomorrow night at 7PM ET.
Southeastern Conference Winner Betting
Kentucky are the top dogs in the Southeastern conference, favored by 4 to 1, so a whopping $400 is needed to win $100. This market is taken off the board tomorrow night at 7PM ET.
Southland Conference Winner Betting
Stephen F. Austin are 1.55 to 1 favorites, so a $155 wager returns $100 in profit. This market closes tomorrow night at 6PM ET.
Big West Conference Winner Betting
This market is priced rather competitively, with Cal Santa Barbara and UC Irvine priced at 2.55 and 2.75 to 1 respectively. This market is taken off the board at 3PM ET Thursday afternoon.
American Athletic Conference Winner Betting
SMU are 1.65 to 1, so a $165 bet returns $100 in profit. This market closes Thursday at 3:30PM ET.
Sun Belt Conference Winner Betting
Georgia State are 1.35 to 1 favorites ($135 to win $100). Georgia Southern meanwhile are 3.35 to 1 ($100 to win $335). This market Thursday at 1PM ET.
Big Sky Conference Winner Betting
Eastern Washington are priced at 1.15 to 1, so a $100 wager returns $115. This market is taken off the board Thursday at 1PM ET.
Western Athletic Conference Champion Betting
New Mexico State are 2.8 to 1 favorites ($280 returns $100 in profit). This market closes Thursday at 5PM ET.
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