College basketball betting: Big East, SEC, Big 12 seasons end

Streeter Lecka

March Madness starts to take shape with several championship games and the big boys in the ACC, Big East and Big Ten clash in season-ending battles. Who is favored in UNC vs Duke? Check it out.

There's a lot to keep track of in college basketball at the moment, what with conference races and league tournaments and RPIs and bouncing bubbles, so let's just take it day by day.

Here's a look at just some of what's happening Saturday around a crazy college world of college basketball betting.

Saturday's good stuff begins in the Big East with what might be the last edition, at least for a while, of a great rivalry as No. 17 Syracuse, which is moving to the ACC next year, visits No. 5 Georgetown (noon ET, ESPN).

The Hoyas are tied for the lead in the Big East with Louisville and Marquette, while the 'Cuse have fallen off the pace thanks to a recent three-game losing streak.

In the early betting Georgetown is favored by a point and a half over the Orange.

Down in the SEC No. 11 Florida, which has already won the conference regular-season title, is favored by six points at 20-10 Kentucky (noon ET, CBS).

In the Atlantic 10 a 21-7 LaSalle team, trying to earn its first NCAA tournament berth since 1992, is a seven-point underdog at No. 16 St. Louis (1:30 pm ET, NBC Sports).

In the Big 12 Kansas State, in search of at least a share of the conference regular-season title, is a five-point underdog at No. 13 Oklahoma State (1:45 pm ET).

In the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament 18-13 Indiana State takes on 25-7 Creighton (2:30 pm ET), and 18-14 Illinois State battles 25-7 Wichita State (5 pm ET, ESPN3). [ For conference tournament betting updates, odds and schedules, visit Odds Shark ]

Out in the Mountain West 20-9 Boise State, still shooting for an at-large NCAA bid, is favored by 2.5 points at home over 21-8 San Diego State (3:30 pm ET, NBC Sports).

Back in the Big East No. 8 Louisville, also looking for at least a share of the conference regular-season crown, is favored by 12 points at home over No. 24 Notre Dame (4 pm ET, CBS).

Back in the SEC 18-11 Tennessee, also on the Big Dance bubble, is favored by one point at home over 22-8 Missouri (4 pm ET, ESPN).

Out in the Pac-12 No. 18 Arizona is favored by 11 points at home over 20-10 Arizona State (4:30 pm ET, Fox Sports).

In the Horizon League tournament semifinals 20-11 Detroit takes on 20-11 Wright State (6 pm ET, ESPN3), and 24-7 Valparaiso goes against 18-14 Green Bay (8:30 pm ET, ESPNU).

In the championship game of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, with an automatic NCAA tournament berth on the line, 25-6 and top-seeded Belmont runs with 21-9 and second-seeded Murray State in Nashville (7 pm ET, ESPN2).

And finally, in the big game out of the ACC, No. 3 Duke is a two-point underdog at 22-8 North Carolina (9 pm ET, ESPN).

Whew. That should keep us occupied.

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