It’s all about basketball on Tuesday’s SportsBIT show, largely focusing on the “musical chairs” that are the major conference tournaments tipping off around the country ahead of the Big Dance.
Teddy Covers and Paul Howard will recap how underdog bettors cashed in big on Monday night.
In the Mid-American Conference Tournament, Central Michigan was a 9.5-point underdog against Kent State despite having the nation’s leading scorer in Marcus Keene. The Chippewas never trailed by more than four in regulation and even had 3-point lead in overtime but lost 116-106 in OT.
Gonzaga's ATS Slide Continues
In the West Coast Conference Tournament, Gonzaga opened at -20 against Santa Clara and closed at -23.5 but only won 77-68. The Zags were the nation’s best ATS bet during the season but have not been as reliable as of late.
In the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers closed at -9.5 at home vs. Miami and both Kyrie Irving and LeBron James played heavy minutes vs. the Heat after not doing so in a blowout loss in south Florida on Saturday. Didn’t matter Monday as Miami pulled the 106-98 upset. Coach Tyronn Lue had said wanted to spare LeBron James’ minutes but had him out there for 38:41 in a game the Cavs trailed by 20 in the fourth quarter. To make matters worse, Cleveland lost Andrew Bogut to a broken leg.
It was an agonizing totals loss for those leaning ‘over’ 212 points in Bucks at 76ers on Monday. It finished 112-98 after both teams didn’t attempt a shot on their final possessions. Bettors who were on the under however are high on life this morning.
Big 10 Analysis
The Big Ten appears to have its weakest field in years. Purdue is the team to beat but far from unbeatable. Iowa was the hottest team down the stretch to get on the NCAA Tournament bubble.
Big 12 Analysis
In the Big 12, top-ranked Kansas is a heavy favorite but could its seven-man rotation be worn out by potentially three games in three days?
The SEC is all about Kentucky – some coaches don’t care much about conference tournaments, but UK’s John Calipari does. He wants to get his young team as much experience as possible.
The Pac-12 Tournament should be a dogfight between Oregon, Arizona and UCLA – the winner of the tournament, assuming it’s one of those schools, could be a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance. Oregon has the best draw of the three as Arizona & UCLA are in the other half of the bracket.