The Big East Conference was incredibly close last year, but one team will open this season as the fairly heavy favorite to take home the Big East title. Oddsmakers have Villanova as the minus-money favorite at the top of the odds list.
The Wildcats are the -105 favorites at Bovada, followed by Connecticut (+375), Xavier (+650), St. John’s (+1500), Butler (+1800), Providence (+2000), DePaul (+2500), Georgetown (+2800), Marquette (+3500) and Creighton (+10000).
Villanova Opens Season As Heavy Favorite
The Villanova Wildcats, opening the season as the fourth-ranked team in the country, are the favorites in the odds to win the Big East Conference in large part because of their returning players.
Guard Collin Gillespie, entering his senior year, will play a major role on and off the court. Last season, Gillespie finished second on the team in scoring at 14.0 points per game and topped the squad by averaging 4.6 assists per game.
Another player returning for his senior year is forward Jermaine Samuels, expected to play an even bigger role this season after the Wildcats lost Jeremiah Robinson-Earl to the NBA. Samuels finished fourth on the team in points per game (12.0) and second in rebounds per game (6.4).
Villanova has dominated the Big East Conference over the years, emerging as the champion in three of the last four Big East tournaments. The Wildcats were upset last season by the eventual champion Georgetown Hoyas 72-71 in the quarterfinals.
Villanova is the clear favorite to take home the Big East this season. It may not be a bad idea to place a bet early as these odds could continue to go down.
Watch Out For The Huskies
The Connecticut Huskies had the ninth-best recruiting class in all of college basketball entering the 2021-22 season, though they did lose their best player last season, James Bouknight, to the NBA.
The Huskies added four four-star recruits who will likely have a big role in the success of the team this season, topped by shooting guard Jordan Hawkins and center Samson Johnson.
Though talented, the Huskies are going to be putting out an incredibly young team this season. That lack of experience is a major reason why the Wildcats are favored to win the Big East tourney. However, if the Huskies’ young guns exceed expectations early, they could be a threat.
Who are you picking to win the Big East this time around? Have your say in the comment section. For a full breakdown of NCAA Tournament odds, head over to our March Madness page.
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Odds as of November 8 at Bovada
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