2011 Big East Tournament Odds, Preview, and Free Picks

Last Updated: March 6th, 2011 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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The 2011 Big East Tournament gets started on Tuesday, and here at Bankroll Sports, we have all of the ins and outs for all of the best college hoops betting picks on the internet for the big time duel at Madison Square Garden.

Trying to pick the winner of this event could be brutally hard, as there are as many as 11 teams that could be in the field of 68 come Selection Sunday, and it feels like any of the 11 can actually get the job done. We’ll start with the one that probably has the most on the line this week, and that is the Marquette Golden Eagles (30 to 1 Odds to Win Big East Tournament at JustBet Sportsbook). The Golden Eagles don’t need to win this tournament to get into the field of 68, but they do need to win at least one, and possibly two games to get the job done. They’ve got a lethal set of shooters, but their defense is lax at times, and the rest of the team just never really rallies when the shooters go cold. However, Head Coach Buzz Williams’ team knows what this feeling is like at Madison Square Garden, and we wouldn’t be shocked if Marquette comes up huge on Tuesday, Wednesday, and maybe even deeper into the week in this tournament.

The teams that are most like to actually win this event though, are the ones that don’t have to fight it out on Tuesday and Wednesday. That means that we’re focusing in on the top two seeds, the Pitt Panthers (2 to 1 Big East Tournament Odds at JustBet Sportsbook) and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2 to 1 2011 Big East Tournament odds at JustBet Sportsbook). These two teams haven’t exactly been head and shoulders above the rest of the crew in the Big East this year, but they definitely do have all of the right stuff to be able to win this tournament. Ben Hansbrough and Tim Abromaitis are amongst the best pure shooters in the entire conference, while Head Coach Mike Bray has really put in some tremendous defensive values for this team. Meanwhile, Head Coach Jamie Dixon knows how to get this job done with Pitt as well. The Panthers are grinders, and the always find ways to get the job done on both ends of the court. Both could be prospective winners of this event.

If you believe in magic though, perhaps the team you should be betting on is the Connecticut Huskies (20 to 1 Big East Tournament Lines at JustBet Sportsbook). Sure, UConn has to come through the bracket starting on Tuesday, but there really won’t be any problems starting off this tourney with a win over DePaul. From there, it’s all about Kemba Walker. There isn’t a man that can take this tournament over like Walker can, and he really could single handedly put this team on his back and get the job done if he catches fire. We’re never ones to bet against these gritty Brooklyn boys playing back on their home courts at MSG, and Walker is possibly the most talented that we’ve seen come through these ranks in a long, long time here in the Big East.

2011 Big East Tournament Odds @ JustBet Sportsbook (as of 3/6/11):
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Cincinnati Bearcats 25 to 1
Connecticut Huskies 20 to 1
Georgetown Hoyas 12 to 1
Louisville Cardinals 5 to 1
Marquette Golden Eagles 30 to 1
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2 to 1
Pittsburgh Panthers 2 to 1
St. John’s Red Storm 6.50 to 1
Syracuse Orange 3 to 1
Villanova Wildcats 50 to 1
West Virginia Mountaineers 12 to 1
Field 30 to 1

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