March Madness is about to kick into high gear with the major college basketball conferences tournaments starting this week. The 2020 NCAA Tournaments have the potential to be the best one ever given all of the parody we’re seeing in the landscape. In our opinion, there are only a few truly great teams. But we know why they call March the craziest month of the year.
Let’s take a look at our top picks to win this week’s major NCAA conference tournaments – all odds are according to DraftKings Sportsbook.
Houston Cougars (+225)
Houston is a pretty damn good team and will look to gain some momentum heading into The Big Dance. Head coach Kelvin Sampson has a very deep roster, which is something you typically don’t find in this conference. This is a Cougars team that hasn’t been that consistent down the stretch. However, with the stakes at the highest, they should definitely show up for the challenge.
Dayton Flyers (-305)
Dayton has the most likely odds of any team in this article, only needing two wins in order to make it to the Atlantic-10 Championship Game. This comes as no surprise, though, considering the Flyers are looking at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament if they’re raising the trophy at the end of the weekend. Not to mention, the Atlantic 10 doesn’t offer much competition in Dayton’s way of winning the 2020 conference tournament.
Duke Blue Devils (+225)
A lot of experts like Florida State as a team that can make it all the way to the Final Four. However, this Duke team isn’t one that should be taken lightly. After all, the Blue Devils are one of the most successful programs in college basketball history; they’re not ready to relinquish a hold on ACC supremacy just yet.
Duke has one of the best point guards in Tre Jones, who just won the ACC Player of the Year. As we know, having a great point guard can take teams deep into The Big Dance.
Villanova Wildcats (+275)
Since we’re in New Jersey, we can’t take our home-state Seton Hall Pirates to win the Big East Tournament. The next best thing, however, is one of the teams that beat them earlier this week. Villanova is always regarded as one of the best teams in college basketball, thanks to the consistently brilliant head coaching of Jay Wright. The Wildcats have won seven of the last eight games and have the motivation of winning the Big East Tournament and possibly getting a 2-seed.
Michigan State Spartans (+350)
Sparty is always dangerous at this time of year, so it’s not going to be a shock to see them win the Big Ten Tournament title. Head coach Tom Izzo is one of the best coaches in the business and he’ll have his team ready to play.
Michigan State has now won five straight games heading into the conference tournament, with its last one coming against a strong Ohio State team. Cassius Winston will look to have a big performance down the stretch and show everyone why this was the preseason No. 1 team in the nation.
Kansas Jayhawks (+110)
Yeah, we’re really going out on a limb for the Big 12 title. Kansas is currently the No. 1 team in the country, and it comes with good reasoning, winning 16 consecutive games.
Typically, a team like the Jayhawks (with nothing to lose) would be a risky pick for a conference tournament like this. However, the only other contenders – Baylor and West Virginia – are not playing well at all.
In theory, it wouldn’t be a bad bet to go with the field in this NCAA conference tournament, but we just can’t find a team competent enough that makes any sense.
Oregon Ducks (+250)
Just as the case was in the Big 12, there’s not a lot of competitors to the top team playing well at the moment. Oregon, though, has won four straight games and six of the last seven. Head coach Dana Altman had the Ducks in many of big spots before, and this is certainly a year they can go deep with there being so much parody in college basketball.
There is an issue with guard Chris Duarte set to miss the Pac12 Tournament, but the team does have some solid depth to take home the conference crown.
Kentucky Wildcats (+175)
We’re staying with the theme of teams playing well coming into the NCAA conference tournament play. When looking at the competition in the SEC, Auburn and LSU have lost too many games down the stretch while Florida will be missing one of its best players. Not to mention, Kentucky was a favorite of pundits when listed at 25-1 to win the National Championship.
Head coach John Calipari has struggled to find the right combination of role players to step in at the right moment. However, we’re just looking for the Wildcats to win the 2020 conference tournament. We’ll worry about The Big Dance when we get there.