OVC & BIG South Conference Tournament breakdowns!

Okay we started off with 3 snoozers in the Patriot, Horizon, and ASun but we get a little better here on Wednesday 3/2, at least with the OVC. Lets start there.

OVC: The Ohio Valley Conference is loaded with talent this year and this league being anything less than a 3 bid league will result in me being extremely pissed off. It really is a 3 headed monster here and the odds reflect it. Murray State, Belmont, and Morehead State have all proven to be worth a bid in the big dance. Murray State is far and away the best mid major in the country and they are a -225 favorite to win this tournament. That makes a lot of sense when you consider they have 2 bye rounds. Would be shocked if they didnt win this thing. Ranking 26th on kenpom, top 50 in the country in offensive and defensive efficiency, and boasting a perfect 18-0 conference record, they are primed to run the table. The one snag here for them could be motivation because whether they get upset and fail to win a game here, or win the whole thing, they are for sure locked into a spot in the field of 64. Morehead (+900) could be worth a play because they really just have to beat Belmont in the semis and you will have a +900 ticket in your pocket going into the championship. They are 1-1 head to head against Belmont, and 0-2 against Murray. Belmont (+250) isn't quiet enough value for me to take a flyer on because your'e better off just rolling over moneyline plays on them throughout the whole tournament. They are 1-1 head to head against Morehead, and also 0-2 against Murray State. Murray State should win this but they have their eyes on something much bigger and in my opinion a realistic chance at an Elite 8 run. They are that good.

Pick: Murray State (-225)

Longshot: Morehead State (+900)



Tennessee State > SIUE

Austin Peay > Tennessee Tech


SEMO > Tennessee State

Morehead State > Austin Peay


Murray State > SEMO

Morehead State > Belmont


Murray State > Morehead State

BIG SOUTH: Next up is the Big South and ill be real, this conference is gross. Its almost pointless to do this because this conference will be wiped away, gone and forgotten after the first weekend of the tournament when whichever team wins here gets smoked in the first round. We all remember Americas darling Winthrop last season who many had beating Villanova in the first round. That was fun for about 7 seconds. This year is nothing different, Wintrhop and Longwood headline this tournament and seem to be on a crash course for the Championship game. The respected 3 & 4 seeds, Gardner Webb & USC Upstate are solid teams in this conference but to me wont pose much of a threat. If Upstate could string together any stops defensively they could be a true darkhorse but they are abysmal on that end and it will be their undoing. NC A&T is the only team in conference to beat Longwood but can they do it again? Ill bank on that not happening. They are 95/1 to cut down the nets. Ill take the experienced and well coached Winthrop team under first year coach Mark Prosser to win it all here. He'll likely win coach of the year for the Big South and be on to bigger and better things soon after.

Pick: Winthrop (+220)

Longshot: None and I actually mean none.



NC A&T > Radford

UNCA > Charleston Southern

Highpoint > Hampton

Campbell > Presbyterian


Longwood > UC A&T

UNCA > Upstate

Winthrop > Highpoint

Gardner Webb > Campbell


Longwood > UNCA

Winthrop > Gardner Webb


Winthrop > Longwood

I promise we will be getting into the bigger names and more entertaining conferences soon, bare with me and make some money along the way.

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