Big 12 Tournament Betting Preview: Kansas Favored in Big 12
With Five Ranked Teams, Anything is Possible in The Big 12 Tournament
Kansas is Going After Back-to-Back Big 12 Tournament Championship Titles
There is little debate about which conference had the best results during the regular season. That will make for some challenging NCAAB matchups when looking at the Big 12 tournament betting preview.
Three Big 12 teams are in the top 10 in the two national polls and that could make for quite the Big 12 tournament.
The action begins on Wednesday when Texas Tech meets West Virginia followed by Oklahoma and Oklahoma State squaring off.
Texas Tech coach Mark Adams has been suspended by the school after he addressed an NCAAB player and was encouraging the student-athlete to be more receptive to coaching and referenced Bible verses about workers, teachers, parents, and slaves serving their masters. He apologized to the team, but Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt made the decision to suspend Adams to look into Adams’ interactions with his players and staff.
Kansas is seventh and Texas 10th in the NCAA NET rankings, a formula used to select and seed the March Madness bracket. No. 12 Baylor, No. 17 Kansas State and No. 20 Iowa State gives the Big 12 five of the top 20 teams in the NCAA NET rankings.
Kansas is third in both national polls. Baylor is seventh in the Associated Press poll and eighth in the coaches’ poll. Texas is one spot ahead of Baylor in the coaches’ poll and ninth in the AP rankings.
The Kansas State Wildcats are 11th and TCU 22nd in the national polls as well.
When looking at the top college basketball teams, Kansas (+800) is tied for third in the odds to win the national title followed by Baylor (+1600) and Texas (+2200).
Kansas used the momentum from winning the 2022 Big 12 title on the way to the national championship. The year before, Baylor’s early exit did not stop the Bears from rolling off six straight wins in the NCAA tournament.
Here is a look at the Big 12 tournament with the action beginning on Wednesday and culminating with Saturday’s championship game.
Kansas lost four of its top five scorers off the team that won the national championship. That hasn’t stopped the Jayhawks from being favored when it comes to the Big 12 tournament betting preview. The Jayhawks are priced at +300 to win the conference title.
Jalen Wilson, who is averaging 19.7 points and 8.4 rebounds, leads the way. Freshman Gradey Dick (14.3 points) and Texas Tech transfer Kevin McCullar are other top offensive options.
Texas (+325) is a close second in the title odds. It has been a tumultuous season with the firing of Texas coach Chris Beard and there have been some ups and downs on the court as well.
Leading scorer Marcus Carr is 9 of 35 from the field over the last three games so he will need to get going for the Longhorns to make a run.
Baylor (+400) finished tied for third in the Big 12 during the regular season and a 5-5 record against ranked teams during the regular season is a cause for concern among those who want to go with the Bears to make a tourney run.
Baylor ended the regular season by losing by 15 points at home to Iowa State and the Cyclones will be the first opponent for Baylor in the Big 12 tournament.
Star freshman Keyonte George had an injury scare late in the regular season. However, he returned to play 26 minutes in the loss to Iowa State. Baylor leads the Big 12 in offensive rebounds and rebounding margin so the toughness of the Bears will make them a tough out.
Kansas State and Iowa State are both priced at +700 to win the Big 12 tournament according to the Big 12 tournament betting preview.
The Wildcats and Cyclones were a combined 15-8 against ranked teams this season and both are very dangerous teams in the conference and national tournaments.
Kansas State had won four games in a row before an eight-point loss at West Virginia.
Keyontae Johnson’s career was thought to be over after health scares during his time at Florida. He was cleared to play at Kansas State and he is leading the Wildcats with 17.8 points per game.
When it comes to college basketball against the spread trends, Kansas State leads the Big 12 with a 21-10 mark ATS.
Iowa State had lost four straight games before winning comfortably at Baylor as the Cyclones shot 54% and were +12 in rebounds during that win. Iowa State was the toughest team to score against in the Big 12 during the regular season.
TCU (+800) can be a tricky foe as well. The Horned Frogs were second in the Big 12 in scoring margin.
West Virginia (+1400), Oklahoma State (+3300) and Oklahoma (+4000) are well back. All three teams proved that during the regular season that they can play with and beat anybody in the conference, so don’t count them out.
Projected Big 12 Championship Matchup
Kansas and Texas are on opposite ends of the bracket and that could make for one entertaining conference title game.
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The Jayhawks and Longhorns would likely have to dispatch of ranked teams in both the quarterfinals and semifinals.
The teams met on the final day of the regular season with Sir’Jabari Rice scoring 23 points off the bench in the 16-point win. Keep it tuned right here for all of this year’s college basketball games against the spread, so that you can fill out a winning March Madness contest bracket – and better yet, beat Vegas!Follow us on Twitter
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