This season, the AAC again features a selection of quality programs and should again push for a few NCAA Tournament bids.
Among those teams is legitimate March Madness odds contender Houston, which leads the way in AAC basketball tournament odds over at Bodog.
Houston (-170) is followed by Memphis (+145) to round out the two teams competing in the finals.
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Odds as of March 13 at Bodog
The AAC conference tournament will be an interesting one, but there is a clear favorite among the group. The Houston Cougars lead the conference with the best overall record (28-5) and conference record (17-3).
The Cougars sit at -170 according to Bodog which implies that they have a 62.96 percent chance to win. They are certainly the best team in this conference, but you cannot count their opponent.
The Memphis Tigers, who have shown flashes of what they can possibly do in March. The Tigers did a tremendous job defending their home floor, finishing 13-2 for the season, but have had their struggles in going just 5-6 on the road. Much like the Cougars, the Tigers pride themselves on the defensive end, led by center Jalen Duren. The Tigers were 2-0 against the Cougars this season, so they certainly know what it takes to beat Houston.
AAC Tournament Best Bet
We said from the beginning of the tournament that there was plenty of value on the Tigers at +350. Here they are in the final playing the best basketball of their season. The Tigers are arguably the most talented team in the conference.
Looking at their roster, they have a ton of players who can take over games and potentially get them the upset win against the Cougars. Center Jalen Duren and forward Emoni Bates are two first-year players who are coming into their own as the season moves along.
The Tigers have won six straight games including a 75-61 victory over the Houston Cougars on March 6th. They have won four of the six games by double digits and have won those games by an average margin of 14 points.
The Tigers are a very young team, but they are as talented as it gets. The value was certainly there earlier in the tournament, but it is tough to beat a team three times in a row. Especially when that team is as good as Houston. But we are going to continue to ride the Tigers and hope that they get it done.
The Pick: Memphis Tigers +145
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