The best time of the year is finally upon us. It. Is. March.
This year, March Madness hits a little different for sports fans across the country given the cancelation of last year’s conference tournaments and NCAA Tournament. Luckily, conference tournaments have started, even if they include mid-majors. But they feature high-stakes action nonetheless. When it comes to gambling plays on these affairs, three high-value futures bets stand out for their respective conferences.
The Cardinal has intrigued plenty of bettors since the beginning of the season. Unfortunately for them, their team has been riddled with injuries across the lineup throughout the season and they now find themselves right on the bubble. At this point, they are lucky everyone seems to be healthy as they head into conference tournament games next week. Oscar da Silva leads the way in scoring at 18.8 PPG, supplemented by the pleasant surprise of Jaiden Delaire at 12.8 PPG. If everyone can remain in the picture, this team has the potential to beat anyone in PAC-12 with relatively few weaknesses at full health. If Jerod Haase happens to have a full lineup heading into their conference tournament, Stanford at +1500 is a great purchase.
The top of the Big Ten is more than likely far better than the Terrapins. Maryland ranks 26th overall on KenPom and 32nd in the NET rankings. They have won their last five Big Ten games, including contests against the surging Michigan State Spartans and the Rutgers Scarlett Knights. They also have key victories over Purdue, Illinois, and Wisconsin. They do lack a true big man but have plenty of guys to fill that position’s shoes if they were to play Michigan, Iowa, or Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament. They have plenty of players to score the ball, as well. Given the price, Maryland is worth a small ticket.
Oklahoma is one of the most intriguing bets in the conference tournament futures market. They have beaten Kansas, Texas, and West Virginia (twice). Additionally, they beat one of the best teams in the country in the Alabama Crimson Tide, even if they play in the SEC. They have the weapons to make a run at Baylor or the top dogs in the Big 12. Now, they will need to be at full strength and possibly hit some extra threes, but their offense and defense run at similar efficiencies, according to KenPom. They also grab more rebounds per game than Baylor, a team that spots one of the best offensive rebounding percentages in the country (36.9%). Given their strengths in every angle of the game, Oklahoma is a strong play to win the Big 12 tournament.
There you have it, folks. As always, follow me on Twitter @cwsdjt, where I provide picks daily. Also, be on the lookout for my #OnTapBets futures edition coming after Selection Sunday. Best bets!