The two finalists in last year’s ACC Tournament are the conference’s top title contenders again this season, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The fourth-seeded Duke Blue Devils have won the tournament two of the past three years – including last season – and they are listed as +200 second favorites (wager $100 to win $200) behind the top-seeded Florida State Seminoles (+175) on the ACC Tournament odds. The Blue Devils were seeded third in 2019 and the Seminoles fourth.
Last year, the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers were upset 69-59 by Florida State in the semifinals while Duke also eliminated the second-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels with a 74-73 victory in that round before the Blue Devils topped the Seminoles 73-63 in the final. Of course the Cavaliers went on to win the national championship in the NCAA Tournament, so the extra rest may have actually helped them last season. This year, No. 2 Virginia is the +600 fourth choice to win the ACC Tournament behind Duke, Florida State and the third-seeded Louisville Cardinals (+350). The Tar Heels are back at +1200 as the 14th and final seed after stumbling to a 6-14 mark in conference play.
Florida State is also the highest-ranked team from the ACC at fourth entering the conference tournament, sitting only behind the third-ranked Dayton Flyers, second-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs and top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks, who are odds-on favorites to win the Big 12 Tournament at -105 at online betting sites. Kansas has surprisingly won the Big 12 Tournament just twice in the previous six years (2016 and 2018) but did so as the top seed both times. The fifth-ranked Baylor Bears are the second choice at +225.
The Flyers are the biggest favorites of any schools on the betting board to win their respective conference tournament at -300 to take home the Atlantic 10 title. The Rhode Island Rams (+600) and Richmond Spiders (+900) are seemingly their slim competition.
The ninth-ranked Michigan State Spartans are on the other end of the spectrum at +325 on the college basketball odds to win what looks like it will be a very competitive Big Ten Tournament. The defending champion and second-seeded Spartans earned a three-way split of the conference’s regular-season title thanks to a late five-game winning streak along with the top-seeded Wisconsin Badgers (+900) and third-seeded Maryland Terrapins (+400).
The SEC Tournament should also be fun to watch with several teams in the mix. The eighth-ranked and top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats are +175 favorites to become the first school to win the regular-season and conference tournament titles in the same year since 2017. But the Wildcats did not make it to the title game last season after winning the conference tournament each of the previous four years. Instead, it was the second-seeded Auburn Tigers who won it as the fifth seed over the third-seeded Tennessee Volunteers.
The Tigers are the +300 second choice to repeat this season ahead of the fifth-seeded Florida Gators (+350) and third-seeded LSU Tigers (+600). The eighth-seeded Volunteers are +1200 and the fourth-seeded Mississippi State Bulldogs are just ahead of them at +1100.