Baylor drawing heavy action to win Big 12 title

The Baylor Bears regained the No. 2 ranking on Monday and are being backed by the most money entering conference championship week.

The Bears are being backed by 64 percent of the total handle to win the Big 12 Conference title at BetRivers. The next closest odds to win the Big 12 belong to Kansas at +335, followed by West Virginia (+700) and Texas (+800).

Houston failed to win the American Athletic Conference regular-season championship, but the Cougars are the -125 betting favorite to win the conference tourney at BetRivers. Houston is being backed by 59 percent of the handle compared Wichita State (+200) with 16 percent.

Top-ranked Gonzaga is the biggest odds-on favorite at -10000 to win the West Coast Conference tournament. The Bulldogs enter the postseason at 24-0 while garnering 61 of 63 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 this week.

Adam Flagler
Jan 30, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears guard Adam Flagler (10) drives to the basket against the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Ferrell Center. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

Can Duke Make Improbable Run?

A lot of eyes will be on the ACC tournament, where Duke might need to reach at least the title game to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

While Virginia is the narrow pre-tournament favorite at +225 over Florida State (+260), the Blue Devils are +5000 to survive a five-game gauntlet in order secure the ACC’s automatic bid. That places Duke in a tie for eighth among the conference’s 15 teams, along with Syracuse.

Michigan (+175) enters as the Big Ten tournament favorite ahead of Iowa (+425), while Oregon (+175) is the Pac-12 favorite and Alabama (+220) is favored in the SEC.

The tightest race is in the Big East, where Connecticut (+220) is a narrow favorite over Creighton (+275) and Villanova (+295).

Gonzaga remains the slight favorite at +250 by BetRivers to win the NCAA Tournament. Baylor is being offered by +275, followed by Michigan (+450). The next-shortest odds belong to Oklahoma State at +1300.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)