Best futures bets for major college basketball tournaments

The college basketball tournament season is in full swing, and there are plenty of betting opportunities. Our experts — ESPN’s Doug Kezirian, Preston Johnson and Jordan Schultz, as well as Vegas Stats & Information’s Matt Youmans — are here to give their best futures bets.

Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook as of Monday night.


Tulsa Golden Hurricane (11-1)

Schultz: It’s hard to ignore the value here, especially when we consider that the Golden Hurricane rank 34th in adjusted defensive efficiency (per KenPom) in a league that usually struggles to score. Tulsa finished the regular season third in the American, boasting wins over Houston, Wichita State, Memphis, SMU and Connecticut — not to mention Austin Peay and Vanderbilt.

Frank Haith’s team is highly disciplined defensively, doesn’t gamble, doesn’t run and grinds teams down with deliberate offensive possessions. That’s a pretty good formula in any conference tournament. If senior forward Martins Igbanu (20.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG per 40 minutes) stays out of foul trouble, this is too good a price to pass up.


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