If you’re a college basketball fan, this is your time of the year! In what has been a whirlwind of a season, one that has been full of many unique circumstances, we’re nearing the end! As the regular season is coming to an end, it’s time for the conference tournaments. With many of the 31 automatic berths for the NCAA Tournament already decided, this weekend will determine who the final spots go to. Let’s take a closer look at what lies ahead for the weekend so you can bet against their College Basketball odds.
Top NCAA Basketball Games to Keep An Eye This Weekend
The top games of the weekend have yet to be determined, but we should see a lot of great college basketball action. The Power 5 conferences (ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, and Pac 12) will all be holding their conference tournaments this weekend, and the winner of these tournaments will win a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The mostly highly contested tournament of the weekend belongs to the Big 10. The Big 10 could send 10 teams to the field of 68. The Big 10 currently has four teams in the top 10 of the AP Top 25 poll. Any team that gets through the grind of the Big 10 Tournament deserves a spot in the “Big Dance”. The favorites to take home the tournament title are the Michigan Wolverines and the Illinois Fighting Illini. Both of these teams have a legitimate case to be a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The University of Iowa has been playing well as of late, so look for them to make a tournament run.
Another tournament that should see a lot of great action is the Big 12 Tournament. The Big 12 has seven teams in the AP Top 25 poll. The favorite to win the Big 12 title is the Baylor Bears. Baylor has one of the most versatile and athletic teams in the country. They have numerous scoring threats and can defend at a very high level. The likes of West Virginia, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Texas all have the talent to win the tournament. Whoever comes out of this one will have earned their spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Even though the ACC has been down this year, their tournament still should be a lot of fun to watch. The Duke Blue Devils were trying to play their way into the NCAA Tournament after a subpar regular season. However, the Blue Devils had a player test positive for COVID and thus had to pull out of the ACC Tournament, ending their season. Virginia is the #1 seed, but Florida State may have the best team in the conference. You also can’t overlook North Carolina, Virginia Tech, or Georgia Tech.
In the SEC, we’re seeing some new teams come to the forefront. The University of Alabama has had a great regular season, and could sneak into a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Eric Musselman’s Arkansas Razorbacks have also played well and are ranked 8th in this week’s top 25. The SEC will be quite the fight this weekend!