College Basketball Betting: Texas Tech Pegged as Big 12 Tournament Favorite
Wednesday marks the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament at Kansas City’s Sprint Center. For the first time since 2008, the Kansas Jayhawks are not the no. 1 seed. Kansas State and Texas Tech both finished the regular season 14-4 though the Wildcats earned the top seed by way of a tiebreaker.
Outside of Kansas’ 14-year run of regular season titles coming to an end, the biggest story line in the Big 12 is the three teams (Texas, Oklahoma, and TCU) that posted a losing conference record but are being considered for an NCAA Tournament at-large berth. According to ESPN’s Bracketology, all three squads are in though TCU and Oklahoma can ill-afford to lose Wednesday’s first round matchup.
As was a common theme among power conferences this season, offensive efficiency saw a significant decline. In 2018, the Big 12 ranked 4th out of 32 leagues at 1.07 points per possession in conference play. This season, that number dropped to 1.04, good for 13th. And while the Big Ten has a reputation of being slow and plodding, Big 12 games averaged an identical 66.4 possessions. Baylor and Texas, two programs not noted for their offensive prowess, finished 8th and 10th respectively in offensive efficiency in 2018 but posted the top two marks in 2019.
Kansas State’s Dean Wade was downgraded to doubtful for Thursday’s quarterfinal matchup vs. the winner of TCU/Oklahoma State. The Wildcats went 4-2 SU and 2-4 ATS during Wade’s midseason absence.
Texas’ Kerwin Roach had his suspension lifted. The Longhorns dropped four of the five games he missed though posted a 3-2 ATS mark.
Once considered a contender for the conference crown, Iowa State limps into the Big 12 Tournament having lost six of eight. The Cyclones are also on a money burning 2-8 ATS run. Reports out of Ames said that ISU’s struggles led to a recent scuffle at practice.
Big 12 Tournament Odds
Texas Tech +150
Kansas State +350
Iowa State +600
Oklahoma State +2000
West Virginia +20000