Conference tournament betting previews: OVC, WCC odds

Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

Conference tournament play ramps into full gear Wednesday after the Horizon League and Big South tipped off Tuesday. Check out tournament odds previews on the OVC, WCC and more.

College basketball conference tournament play breaks out all over the place this week.

A couple tourneys get going Tuesday, while Wednesday the Ohio Valley, West Coast Conference, Atlantic Sun, Northeast Conference and the Patriot League all join the fray.

Here's a quick preview of some of the upcoming college basketball odds action, with some betting futures to ponder.

The OVC begins its tournament in Nashville Wednesday as fifth-seeded Morehead State takes on eighth-seeded Tennessee-Martin, and sixth-seeded SE Missouri State battles seventh-seeded Eastern Illinois.

Thursday fourth-seeded Tennessee State plays the Game 1 winner, and third-seeded Eastern Kentucky plays the winner of Game 2.

Then Friday top-seeded Belmont and second-seeded Murray State, the defending tournament champion, get into the act, taking on Thursday's winners.

And the OVC championship game, with an NCAA tournament berth on the line, will be played Saturday (6 pm ET, ESPN2).

Out in Vegas at the West Coast Conference tournament play begins Wednesday as eighth-seeded Portland plays ninth-seeded Loyola-Marymount. Then Thursday fifth-seeded San Francisco takes on the winner of Wednesday's game, and sixth-seeded San Diego goes against seventh-seeded Pepperdine.

Friday third-seeded BYU and fourth-seeded Santa Clara play Thursday's winners, and Saturday top-seeded (and national No. 1) Gonzaga and second-seeded St. Mary's take on Friday's victors.

Finally, the West Coast Conference tournament championship game will be played Monday night (8 pm ET, ESPN).

On the WCC tournament betting board the Zags are listed as -350 favorites, followed by St. Mary's at +250, BYU at +500, Santa Clara at +1200, San Diego and San Francisco at +1500, Pepperdine and Portland at +5000 and longshot Loyola at +25000.

Odds and Trends:

Winthrop -1.5 at Radford +1.5 - Matchup Report

Longwood +14 at UNC Asheville -14 - Matchup Report

Presbyterian +3 at Campbell -3 - Matchup Report

Virginia Tech +20.5 at Duke -20.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 7 of Virginia Tech's last 8 games on the road
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Virginia Tech

Boston College +4.5 at Clemson -4.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 5 of BC's last 6 games when playing on the road against Clemson
Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Boston College

St. John's +8.5 at Notre Dame -8.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. John's last 7 games on the road
Notre Dame is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games at home

Arkansas +10.5 at Missouri -10.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Arkansas's last 9 games on the road
Missouri is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Marquette -6.5 at Rutgers +6.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Marquette's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Rutgers's last 11 games

Southern Miss -6.5 at Marshall +6.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: Southern Miss is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Marshall is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Southern Miss

Bowling Green +8 at Kent State -8 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 7 of Bowling Green's last 9 games on the road
Kent State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Eastern Michigan +1 at Central Michigan -1 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Eastern Michigan's last 5 games on the road
Central Michigan is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Eastern Michigan

Northern Illinois +11 at Toledo -11 - Matchup Report

Trends: Northern Illinois is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Toledo
Toledo is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games at home

Ball State +10 at Western Michigan -10 - Matchup Report

Trends: Ball State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Western Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Ohio -4.5 at Buffalo +4.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ohio's last 5 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
Buffalo is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Miami (Ohio) +16 at Akron -16 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Miami (Ohio)'s last 9 games when playing on the road against Akron
Akron is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Loyola of Chicago +2 at Youngstown State -2 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 4 of Loyola of Chicago's last 5 games on the road
Youngstown State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Loyola of Chicago

Illinois +4 at Iowa -4 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Illinois's last 7 games on the road
Iowa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Wisc-Milwaukee +14.5 at Wisc-Green Bay -14.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 5 of Wisc-Milwaukee's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Wisc-Green Bay's last 6 games

Cleveland State +3.5 at Illinois-Chicago -3.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: Cleveland State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Illinois-Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Illinois-Chicago's last 13 games when playing Cleveland State

TCU +21.5 at Kansas State -21.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 5 of TCU's last 6 games on the road
Kansas State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

Liberty +8.5 at Coastal Carolina -8.5 - Matchup Report

Trends:

Memphis -3 at Texas El Paso +3 - Matchup Report

Trends: Memphis is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Texas El Paso is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home

Ohio State +8 at Indiana -8 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ohio State's last 6 games when playing on the road against Indiana
Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Alabama +4.5 at Mississippi -4.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Alabama's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Mississippi's last 5 games at home

Seton Hall +8.5 at Providence -8.5 - Matchup Report

Trends: Seton Hall is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Providence
Providence is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

Boise State +8 at UNLV -8 - Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boise State's last 5 games on the road
UNLV is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

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