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Which Conference is The Best Bet?

We all know how phenomenally the ACC has played during the NCAA Tournament and how poorly the Pac-12 has fared in general, but how have they done for bettors? Despite certain conferences performing better on the court, none have really stood out at the betting window.

Only four of the nine conferences that sent multiple teams to the dance have managed to finish the first two rounds above .500 ATS. And only two have managed to post a profitable ATS record of 4-1 with the Atlantic-10 and MVC conferences cashing out.

Transversely, only two conferences have two or more ATS losses than victories entering the Sweet 16, with the Big 12 and Pac-12 providing the only potential fade material this tournament. 

All season long there was talk surrounding parity growing within the college basketball world and that trend has seemingly been proven during the NCAA Tournament so far. The Power Seven Conferences have a combined 39-24 SU record, which is greatly lifted thanks to the remarkable play of ACC teams, and just 31-32 ATS.

The totals market has been a sharper angle for anyone looking at conferences being an added number in their wagering equation. The Big East has been the surest bet based on conference, as their five teams have gone UNDER in seven of their combined nine games in the tournament.

The margin for OVERs have been slightly smaller, with the best conference at topping closing totals being the Pac-12. However, only Oregon remains from that conference and the Ducks are just 1-1 O/U so far this tourney.

All-and-all, parity has made this one of the hardest NCAA Tournaments to wager in recent memory. The gap between the supposed top conferences and the mid-majors is getting smaller and smaller by the season, which is making wagering harder and harder.

SU, ATS, O/U Records by Conference Entering Sweet 16
Big 126-44-66-4
Big East5-45-42-7
Big Ten8-46-66-6