UConn is the favorite to win the 2024 Big East regular-season championship and the 2024 Big East Tournament, according to the latest college basketball odds.
After winning the NCAA Tournament in 2023, UConn has all but wrapped up the Big East regular-season title in 2024. And oddsmakers are already looking ahead to the Big East Tournament.
Unsurprisingly, the Huskies opened as the early favorite last week with -125 odds to win the conference tournament at FanDuel, which was the first of our best sports betting sites offering odds on the Big East tourney.
We've already seen that price move to -135 after the team's big win over Villanova on Saturday, while bet365 opened UConn at -140. The defending champs are priced just ahead of Marquette and Creighton - the only three times trading shorter than 20/1 at both shops.
Here is a look at the 2024 Big East championship market (odds via our best March Madness betting sites).
Big East Tournament odds 2024
(Odds updated Feb. 28)
Who is the Big East Tournament favorite?
UConn (-135 via FanDuel)
UConn lost to eventual champion Marquette in last year's Big East tourney before ripping off six double-digit wins in the NCAA Tournament for its first championship since 2014. This year's team is arguably even better, especially on the offensive end, with senior Tristen Newton and transfer Cam Spencer leading the way.
The one concern with betting the Huskies to win their conference tournament is whether they'll be all that motivated to win it, considering their body of work in the regular season likely secures a No. 1 seed in March Madness. Still, this is the best team in the Big East and maybe the entire country, so fade it at your own peril.
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Big East Tournament odds 2024: Contender
Creighton (+470 via FanDuel)
Marquette may have the second-shortest odds in this market, but Creighton is the only team to beat UConn in the last two months - and it did so rather convincingly.
The Bluejays built an early lead and never relented in an 85-66 win on Feb. 20, with four double-digit scorers guiding this team to a ridiculous 1.44 points per possession. That's the kind of scoring efficiency that can lead a team to a national title, let alone a conference crown.
Of course, Creighton's offense looked nothing like that in its 62-48 loss to UConn on Jan. 17, and its defense was the culprit in two subsequent losses in February. There's some volatility to stomach here, but at this price, it's worth a shot.
Big East Tournament odds 2024: Long shot
Villanova (+2200 via FanDuel)
When you're betting on a tournament long shot, you often want to lean into volatility. That's what makes Villanova so appealing at a relatively long-shot price.
Sure, the Wildcats lost five straight games in January to squander any shot at a Big East regular-season title. But they also beat North Carolina and Creighton earlier this season, and they lost by just one point against UConn on Jan. 20.
This group ranks 11th nationally in its percentage of shots from deep (47.4%) while allowing a similarly high mark for opponents (43.9%). That's a dangerous game to play over the long haul, but it spells value in a small sample, especially at these odds.
Big East basketball title odds 2024 (regular season)
(Odds updated Feb. 23)
Who is the Big East basketball championship favorite?
UConn (-3000 via bet365)
UConn has essentially wrapped up the Big East title ahead of the final two weeks of the regular season, and these odds have been taken down at most of our best sportsbooks.
The Huskies will likely be favored in each of their final three games and would need to lose two (or more) for any other team to have a shot. If UConn falls to Marquette on March 6, this could get interesting; if not, this one will be over.
Big East basketball odds movement
It wasn't all that long ago that UConn was dealing around -150 to win the Big East regular-season title. That number has since been slashed to a virtually unbettable price as the Huskies keep stacking wins against the rest of the conference.
Creighton did score an upset win over UConn on Feb. 20, but it still wasn't enough to make much of a dent in the Huskies' title odds for the regular season. All eyes have since turned to the upcoming Big East tournament, which UConn is unsurprisingly favored to win.
Recent Big East conference winners
|Villanova, Seton Hall, Creighton
|Marquette, Louisville, Georgetown
Big East Tournament betting analysis
Only one of our best sports betting sites is listing odds for the Big East tournament, as FanDuel opened with UConn as the early favorite to win the conference tournament for the first time since 2011.
We could see that streak end this year, though the Huskies don't necessarily have a ton to play for after dominating a regular season that tripped up virtually every other contender along the way. Instead, I'd be looking to bet one of the other mid-tier options like Creighton (+470) or even a dark horse like Villanova (+2200).
Big East basketball FAQs
Who is the Big East Tournament favorite?
UConn is the betting favorite (-135) to win the Big East Tournament for the first time since 2011.
Who won the Big East Tournament last year?
Marquette won the Big East Tournament last year, securing a 65-51 win over Xavier in the final to clinch its first conference tournament trophy in program history.
When is the 2024 Big East basketball tournament?
The Big East Tournament is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The tournament final will take place on Saturday, March 16.
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