Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona Join Conference Tourney Betting Favorites

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After wrapping up their regular season schedule with 11 victories in a row the Kansas Jayhawks are the No. 1 seed and a heavy +130 favorite on the odds to win the Big 12 Tournament for the first time since 2013 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Kansas has used stifling defense on their recent tear through conference play, holding opponents to 60 or fewer points in five of their past 10 contests, picking up against the spread wins in nine of their past 11, while pushing the point total UNDER in nine of their past 12.

As top seed, Kansas does not see tournament action until the quarterfinals on Thursday, when they meet the winner of Wednesday night’s Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State first-round matchup at Sprint Center.

The Jayhawks posted a pair of SU and ATS wins over the Wildcats this season, but suffered a shocking 86-67 loss to the Cowboys as 9-point chalk during a 2-3 SU swoon back in January.

The second-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers are a strong +225 bet to claim their first-ever Big 12 Tournament title, ahead of the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners at +400, the Baylor Bears at +700, the Iowa State Cyclones at +800, the Texas Longhorns at +1200, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at +3300.

Over in the SEC, the Kentucky Wildcats continue to struggle with consistency, but sit as strong +100 favorites to repeat as SEC Tournament champions at the sportsbooks. The Wildcats finished the season on a 3-2 SU run, and have been an unreliable bet, going 15-16 ATS on the season.

The Vanderbilt Commodores, who claimed a 74-62 upset win over Kentucky on February 27,  trail at +350, closely followed by the Texas A&M Aggies at +375, while the Florida Gators lag at +1000, ahead of the South Carolina Gamecocks at +1200, the LSU Tigers at +1800, and the Arkansas Razorbacks and Ole Miss Rebels, who each sport distant +3300 odds.

The Oregon Ducks finished atop the Pac-12 standings with a 14-4 SU record, but it is the Arizona Wildcats who enter the tournament perched at +175 chalk on the Pac-12 Tournament betting lines. The Wildcats are atop the odds despite a lukewarm finish, losing two of their last four SU, and five of their past seven ATS.

The Ducks open the Pac-12 Tournament at +350 to grab the title, just ahead of the Utah Utes at +360, and the California Golden Bears at +400, while the USC Trojans sit at +1400, the Colorado Buffaloes are at +1800, and the Washington Huskies are at +2500.