CBB Futures Picks: Big East
With the college basketball season just months away, get yourself prepared with a deeper look into which teams you’ll want to place your futures bets on to win conference titles.
Here’s a look at the top five programs ready to compete for the Big East title in the upcoming season.
Odds to Conference: -111
Record last season: (26-10 OVR, 13-5 CONF)
Villanova is the favorite to win the conference and that’s deservingly so. The Wildcats have won three consecutive Big East Tournaments, and five of the last six Big East regular-season titles.
Villanova lost some key players from last year’s team including guard Phil Booth and forward Eric Pachall. Yet, head coach Jay Wright has managed to fill in those roles with two five-star recruits, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Bryan Antonine, as well as a top-five recruiting class.
Returning to the team is junior forward Jermaine Samuels and junior guard Collin Gillespie. The Wildcats are a safe bet to win the conference outright again, but there isn’t too much value with the line sitting at where it currently is.
Marquette Golden Eagles
Odds to Conference: +260
Record last season: (24-10 OVR, 12-6 CONF)
The Marquette Golden Eagles finished one game short from sharing the Big East regular-season title with Villanova.
The Golden Eagles were led by Big East Player of the Year Markus Howard, who was the conference’s leading scorer with 25.0 ppg, and ranked sixth in the nation.
Although Marquette won’t have a top recruiting class to impress you, they’ll still have Howard who returns for his senior season.
Returning alongside him will also be the Golden Eagles’ best defensive player in Sacar Anim. Marquette will only go as far as Howard can take them, but that may be worth the gamble with the odds at +260.
Odds to Conference: +850
Record last season: (19-14 OVR, 9-9 CONF)
Of all the teams mentioned in this article, Georgetown will be the biggest longshots to win the Big East at +850.
Similar to Marquette, the Hoyas don’t have an exciting recruiting class, however, the players returning to the team provide a lot to be excited about. Aside from losing team leading scorer Jessie Govan, Georgetown returns its entire young core.
Sophomores James Akinjo and Mac McClung both ranked second and third in scoring last season for the Hoyas; Akinjo averaged 13.4 ppg, McClung averaged 13.1 ppg.
McClung will the focal point of Georgetown basketball and could very well have a breakout season that puts the Hoyas in prime position for a title. I’d strongly consider taking the odds at +850 with plenty of room to profit.
Seton Hall Pirates
Odds to Conference: +700
Record last season: (20-14 OVR, 9-9 CONF)
Seton Hall is my dark horse pick with this conference and have solid odds to do it with at +700. The Pirates had an exciting run in last season’s Big East tournament before losing in the championship to Villanova 74-72.
Seton Hall returns the conference’s second leading scorer in junior guard Myles Powell. He averaged 23.1 ppg while also being a force on defense totaling 2.0 steals per game.
If Powell can get some help from his team-mates like guard Myles Cale and forward Sandro Mamukelashvili, the Pirates have a serious case at winning the Big East.
Odds to Conference: +425
Record last season: (19-16 OVR, 9-9 CONF)
The Xavier Musketeers have the third-best odds to win the conference, and that’s large in part to the number of key players returning.
Xavier returns all four of the team’s leading scorers from last season in guards Paul Scruggs and Quentin Goodin, and forwards Tyrique Jones and leading scorer Naji Marshall, who averaged 14.7 ppg.
Joining those four players is a Top 25 recruiting class that includes four four-star recruits. Xavier is the only other team to win the Big East title, winning in the 2017-18 season.
Xavier is a veteran team to look out for in the conference and are a solid bet at +425 having won it before.
By Stephen Rodriguez