Odds are up for major conference tourneys; FSU is +175 favorite to win ACC

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Trent Forrest and the Florida State Seminoles are the No. 1 seed and betting favorites to win the ACC Tournament.

College basketball conference tournaments have been in progress since last week, but the major conferences will get going this week as we near Selection Sunday.

The ACC is about as open as it has ever been, as No. 1 seed Florida State is a +175 ‘chalk’ to win the conference tournament at BetOnline. The Seminoles have all kinds of competition, though, with fourth-seeded Duke at +200 on the same side of the bracket.

No. 2 Virginia and No. 3 Louisville are the top contenders on the other side. The Cardinals are +350 and the Cavaliers are +600. Virginia beat Louisville on Saturday on a 3-pointer by Kihei Clark with 28 seconds remaining to close the regular season.

Despite being seeded the lowest at No. 14, North Carolina has the fifth-shortest odds at 10/1. The Tar Heels face No. 11 Virginia Tech (100/1) in the first round.

The Big East might be the most difficult conference tournament to predict this season. Third-seeded Seton Hall is the ‘chalk’ at +250, but seven of the 10 teams are inside of 10/1 odds.

No. 2 Villanova has the second-shortest odds at +300, while No. 1 Creighton is +350. No. 4 Providence (+600) faces No. 5 Butler (+700) in the second round, and No. 6 Marquette (+700) and No. 7 Xavier (+800) are capable of making some noise.

The Big Ten joins the madness as a conference without a clear favorite. Michigan State is the highest-rated team on KenPom and is a +275 ‘chalk.’

Like the Big East, most of the teams are inside of 10/1 to win the tournament. No. 3 Maryland could face the Spartans in the semifinals and are listed at +400 to win the title.

Despite sitting at No. 9, Michigan has the third-shortest odds at +600. The Wolverines face No. 9 Rutgers (+800) in the second round.

No. 1 Wisconsin made a late push this season to earn the top spot in the Big Ten. The Badgers opened at 8/1 to win the conference tournament, but have been steamed to 7/1.

No. 7 Ohio State (+800) faces No. 10 Purdue (20/1) in an intriguing matchup, as the winner faces Michigan State.

The Pac-12 is a little more straightforward. No. 1 Oregon is a +150 ‘chalk,’ followed by No. 5 Arizona at +275. No. 6 Colorado is +400, while No. 2 UCLA is +700. The rest of the teams are long shots, headlined by No. 3 Arizona State at 12/1.

No. 1 Kentucky, No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 LSU and No. 5 Florida are expected to duke it out for the SEC Tournament title. The Wildcats are +175 ‘chalk,’ while Auburn follows at +275.

Florida (+350) and LSU (+550) are easily talented enough to win the SEC Tournament, but have been inconsistent this season. The Gators blew an 18-point second-half lead in a home loss to Kentucky this past Saturday. This allowed Mississippi State to earn the No. 4 seed and a double bye.

In the Atlantic 10, Dayton is a strong -350 favorite after going undefeated in conference play during the regular season. Rhode Island (+500) and Richmond (+700) are the only other teams expected to pose a challenge for the Flyers.

Houston is a +200 ‘chalk’ in the AAC Tournament. Cincinnati has the next-shortest odds at +275.

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