The best college basketball team in the country is heading to Las Vegas, seeking to continue its hardwood college dominance. The only undefeated team left in the country, No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs, are a huge favorite to win their eighth West Coast Conference (WCC) tournament title in the past nine years.
The 2021 WCC men’s basketball tournament begins Thursday at Orleans Arena between No. 8 San Francisco and No. 9 San Diego. Gonzaga and BYU, who finished the regular season as the top two teams in the conference, earned three free passes and will not play until Monday in the semifinals.
This year’s tournament, which will be played without fan attendance, will essentially serve as additional practice games for the Bulldogs before their ultimate goal of an NCAA tournament title. Gonzaga, a -10000 favorite to win a No. 1 seed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament in DraftKings bookmaker, should have a favorable path mapped out on Selection Sunday. Sharps in Vegas target numbers and value when placing bets, and in this situation, a straight futures bet (SU) on Gonzaga (-1200) is not something they would invest in. Instead, the hard money will likely target individual games. While sporting a perfect SU record of 24-0, Gonzaga has not financially rewarded punters in the windows posting a pedestrian 11-11-2 against propagation (ATS) mark in season: thanks to inflated differentials intended to limit the respected action, thus reducing the liability of the house.
No. 1 seed Gonzaga vs West Coast Contenders
No. 2 seed BYU (19-5; 10-3 WCC; 13-7-3 ATS) +450
BYU, which closed the regular season with a four-game winning streak, was also solid against the number that posted a 3-1 ATS record to close the season. More importantly, the Cougars lost to Gonzaga 82-71 in Utah while trailing 86-69 on the road. In both games, the bookies paid refunds to punters as the clubs fell directly into the closing numbers of 11 and 17, respectively, resulting in a push.
Pepperdine from seeds No. 3 (11-11; 7-6 WCC; 12-7-1 ATS) +5000
The Waves were a solid team for punters to back down the stretch, with a 5-2 ATS record in their last seven games and are offered with healthy odds of +5000 to win the West Coast tournament. Despite having a double goodbye until the third round, punters are considering their two blowout losses to Gonzaga this season. Pepperdine was completely outscored in both games against the Bulldogs, losing 97-75 at home and 95-70 in Spokane. They were losing by an average of 23.5 points per game, resulting in huge odds of losing, despite pulling out the No. 3 seed. If the Waves advanced to a matchup with BYU in the semifinals, Pepperdine could have some confidence afterward. splitting their two games with the Cougars winning 76-73 at home and losing 65-54 at Provo.
No. 4 Saint Mary’s seed (13-8; 4-6 WCC; 10-11 ATS) +5000
In February, the Gaelics burned punters 1-4 ATS in their last five games of the regular season. Like the rest of the WCC, they lost both games to Gonzaga by double digits, losing 87-65 at Spokane after falling 73-59 at California. Saint Mary’s has appeared in four of the last five WCC Championship games, defeating Gonzaga in 2019. However, drawing on the same side of the draw as the Bulldogs practically guarantees that the Gaels will not have a chance to add to the 13 titles. of the school WCC tournament. in 2021.
Breakdown of Frankie Whispers: Westgate Superbook bookmakers have adequately priced tournament futures and therefore do not offer attractive bets for bettors. This is a tough fade for the best team in the country with these prohibitive odds. Gonzaga is easily the choice to win the WCC. In terms of any future value with a probability of -1200, there simply aren’t any. Anyone who suggests that punters should bet Bulldogs at this type of number is someone to ignore. Playing individual games, targeting pre-game lines or live within the game, is the only way bettors should bet on this year’s West Coast Conference tournament.
Choose: Gonzaga (-1200) (Approved)
West Coast Conference Tournament Betting Odds:
2020 West Coast Conference Tournament Schedule:
Location: Orleans Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada
First round – Thursday, March 4
- Game 1: No. 8 San Francisco vs. No. 9 San Diego | 6 p.m. Pacific Time
- Game 2: No. 7 Santa Clara vs. No. 10 Portland | 9 p.m. Pacific Time
Second round – Friday, March 5
- Game 3: No. 5 Loyola Marymount vs. Winner of Game 1 | 6 p.m. Pacific Time
- Game 4: No. 6 Pacific vs. Winner of Game 2 | 9 p.m. Pacific Time
Third round – Saturday, March 6
- Game 5: No. 4 Saint Mary’s vs. Winner of Game 3 | 6 pm PT on ESPNU
- Game 6: No. 3 Pepperdine vs. Winner of Game 4 | 9 pm PT on ESPNU
Semifinals – Monday, March 8
- Game 7: No. 1 Gonzaga vs. Winner of Game 5 | 6 pm PT on ESPN
- Game 8: No. 2 Brigham Young vs. Winner of Game 6 | 9 pm PT on ESPN2
West Coast Tournament Championship Game – Tuesday March 9
- Game 9: Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8 | 6 pm PT on ESPN
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.