One of the best faculty basketball crew within the nation is headed to Las Vegas, trying to proceed their collegiate hardwood dominance. The one remaining undefeated crew within the nation – the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs – are overwhelming favorites to earn their eighth West Coast Conference (WCC) event title prior to now 9 years.
The 2021 WCC Males’s basketball event suggestions off on Thursday on the Orleans Enviornment between No. 8 San Francisco and No. 9 San Diego. Gonzaga and BYU, who completed the common season as the highest two groups within the convention, earned triple byes and won’t play till Monday within the semifinals.
This yr’s event, which can be performed with none followers in attendance, will basically function additional follow video games for the Bulldogs forward of their final aim of an NCAA Tournament title. Gonzaga, a -10000 favourite to earn a No. 1 seed within the 2021 NCAA Tournament at DraftKings Sportsbook, ought to have a positive path laid out on Choice Sunday. The sharps in Vegas goal numbers and worth when putting wagers, and on this scenario, a straight-up (SU) futures wager on Gonzaga (-1200) shouldn’t be one thing they might put money into. As an alternative, sharp cash will probably goal particular person video games. Whereas sporting an ideal 24-0 SU report, Gonzaga has not financially rewarded bettors on the home windows posting a pedestrian 11-11-2 against the spread (ATS) mark on the season – because of inflated spreads meant to restrict revered motion, thus decreasing legal responsibility for the home.
No. 1 seed Gonzaga vs West Coast Contenders
No. 2 seed BYU (19-5; 10-3 WCC; 13-7-3 ATS) +450
BYU, who closed out the common season on a 4-recreation successful streak, was additionally strong in opposition to the quantity posting a 3-1 ATS report to shut out the season. Extra importantly, the Cougars misplaced to Gonzaga 82-71 in Utah whereas shedding 86-69 on the street. In each video games, sportsbooks paid out refunds to bettors because the golf equipment fell straight on the closing numbers of 11 and 17, respectively – leading to a push.
No. 3 seed Pepperdine (11-11; 7-6 WCC; 12-7-1 ATS) +5000
The Waves had been a strong crew for bettors to again down the stretch, going 5-2 ATS of their last seven video games and are being provided at wholesome odds of +5000 to win the West Coast event. Regardless of having a double-bye till the third spherical, oddsmakers are taking a look at their two blowout losses to Gonzaga this season. Pepperdine was utterly overmatched in each video games in opposition to the Bulldogs – shedding at residence 97-75 and 95-70 in Spokane. They had been shedding by a mean of 23.5 factors per recreation ends in large longshot odds – regardless of drawing the No. 3 seed. If the Waves had been to advance to a showdown with BYU within the semifinals, Pepperdine may have some confidence after splitting their two video games with the Cougars successful 76-73 at residence whereas shedding 65-54 in Provo.
No. 4 seed Saint Mary’s (13-8; 4-6 WCC; 10-11 ATS) +5000
In February, the Gaels burned bettors posting a 1-4 ATS mark of their last 5 video games of the common season. Like the remainder of the WCC, they misplaced each contests in opposition to Gonzaga by double-digits, shedding 87-65 in Spokane after earlier falling 73-59 in California. Saint Mary’s has appeared in 4 of the final 5 WCC Championship video games – defeating Gonzaga in 2019. Nevertheless, drawing the identical aspect of the bracket because the Bulldogs nearly ensures that the Gaels won’t have the chance so as to add to the varsity’s 13 WCC event titles in 2021.
Frankie Whispers Breakdown: The Westgate Superbook’s oddsmakers have event futures correctly priced and thus don’t provide any enticing wagers for bettors. It is a laborious fade on the very best crew within the nation at these prohibitive odds. Gonzaga is well the decide to win the WCC. In phrases of any future worth at odds of -1200, there may be fairly merely none. Anybody on the market suggesting bettors ought to wager on the Bulldogs at this type of quantity is somebody to disregard. Taking part in particular person video games, concentrating on both pre-recreation or reside in-recreation traces, is the one method bettors ought to wager on this yr’s West Coast Conference event.
Choose: Gonzaga (-1200) (Go)
West Coast Conference Tournament Betting Odds:
2020 West Coast Conference Tournament Schedule:
Location: Orleans Enviornment — Las Vegas, Nevada
First spherical — Thursday, March 4
- Sport 1: No. 8 San Francisco vs No. 9 San Diego | 6 p.m. PT
- Sport 2: No. 7 Santa Clara vs No. 10 Portland | 9 p.m. PT
Second Spherical — Friday, March 5
- Sport 3: No. 5 Loyola Marymount vs Sport 1 Winner | 6 p.m. PT
- Sport 4: No. 6 Pacific vs Sport 2 Winner | 9 p.m. PT
Third Spherical — Saturday, March 6
- Sport 5: No. 4 Saint Mary’s vs Sport 3 Winner | 6 p.m. PT on ESPNU
- Sport 6: No. 3 Pepperdine vs Sport 4 Winner | 9 p.m. PT on ESPNU
Semifinals — Monday, March 8
- Sport 7: No. 1 Gonzaga vs Sport 5 Winner | 6 p.m. PT on ESPN
- Sport 8: No. 2 Brigham Younger vs Sport 6 Winner | 9 p.m. PT on ESPN2
West Coast Tournament Championship Sport — Tuesday, March 9
- Sport 9: Sport 7 winner vs. Sport 8 winner | 6 p.m. PT on ESPN
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