The 2013 Big 12 tournament begins on Wednesday and promises to provide four straight days of non-stop action between bitter rivals.
Everyone will be looking to knock out the Kansas Jayhawks, the conference’s regular-season victors, and claim glory by cutting down the nets at the end of this event.
Will an up-and-comer be able to unseat the Jayhawks? Will the favorite win out and take a ton of momentum into the NCAA tournament when March Madness begins later this month?
Keep reading to find out the odds for each and every team in the tourney, some advice on how to bet it and much more.
The Favorite: Kansas -180
As usual, Kansas was dominant during the regular season and earned yet another Big 12 title, the ninth year in a row in which the program has at least claimed a share of it.
However, the Jayhawks did struggle on the road and may be beatable at the Sprint Center in Kansas City this coming weekend.
Remember, Kansas was thoroughly routed 81-58 by Baylor on the road in the season finale, and lost back-to-back contests in a two-game road trip against TCU and Oklahoma.
While the neutral floor may be less of a hindrance, the Jayhawks will need to prove they can win away from Allen Fieldhouse.
We’d shy away from placing a bet on this squad, as the odds just aren’t favorable enough.
The X-Factor: Oklahoma State +300
The Pokes nabbed the No. 3 seed and have the potential to make a run all the way through the tourney to claim a Big 12 title.
Marcus Smart has been huge for this squad, and it’s showing in his NBA draft stock. The freshman is in consideration to be selected No. 1 overall this coming June and could put his value through the roof with a good showing in this event.
The 6’4” PG averaged 15.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists during the 2012-13 campaign, proving he can do everything from score to defend and facilitate at a high level.
Add in some great role players, such as Markel Brown and Le’Bryan Nash, and you have the pieces for success in a relatively weak conference tourney.
The Bad Bet: Kansas State +350
K-State finished 2012-13 with a respectable 25-6 record and won 10 of their last 12 games, but it’s the season finale that has us concerned.
The Wildcats fell 76-70 to OK State on the road, setting up a rubber match (Kansas State won the first game back on Jan. 5) in the Big 12 tournament.
Even though this is a good program that has a chance to go far in the NCAA tournament, we’re not sold on them advancing past the semifinals against the Cowboys.
It should be a close contest, but in the end, it’s too risky to back a squad that recently lost to an opponent they are highly likely to see again on Friday.
Seeds and Vegas Odds to Win 2013 Big 12 Tournament
*Betting lines courtesy of TopBet.com.
1. Kansas: -180
2. Kansas State: +350
3. Oklahoma State: +350
4. Oklahoma: +700
5. Iowa State: +600
6. Baylor: +800
7. Texas: +1,800
8. West Virginia: +3,500
9. Texas Tech: +5,000
10. TCU: +5,000