Can ETSU Prove The Southern Conference Tournament Odds Right?

  • East Tennessee State is favored to win the Southern Conference Tournament.
  • The Citadel Bulldogs (+50000) had an 0-18 record in Southern Conference play this season.
  • The Wofford Terriers are the defending Southern Conference champions.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Southern Conference (SoCon) Tournament is a mid-major conference that could provide some opportunities for bettors to capitalize on with such a disparity in the talent of the teams from top to bottom.

This is a top-heavy conference with the East Tennessee State Buccaneers (ETSU) being the No. 1 seed in the tournament with a 16-2 regular-season record in the Southern Conference. The Furman Paladins only finished one game behind the Buccaneers with a 15-3 record and these two teams should meet in the championship game.

Southern Conference Tournament Betting Odds

Winning the Southern Conference tournament will be the only way East Tennessee State or Furman (or any of these teams in the conference) will be able to get into the March Madness NCAA tournament.

U.S. sports books have the East Tennessee State Bucs listed as the favorite to win the Southern Conference Tournament with -120 odds. They’ve been the best team in the conference but one of their two losses in the SoCon did come to Furman. However, the last time ETSU-Furman played East Tennessee won by a score of 75-66 at home.

The 2019 Southern Conference champion Wofford Terriers have +1600 odds to defend their title but their 8-10 record in league play and seven-game losing streak to end the season doesn’t make them a viable dice roll for the enticing odds.

Furman was only a step behind East Tennessee this season and have the second shortest odds to win the Conference tournament with +255 odds. Furman split the regular-season series with East Tennessee State even although it must be noted they lost the most recent meeting between the two teams. Furman should be able to get past a tough challenge in the No. 3 seed UNC Greensboro Spartans.

The Spartans are a team that has flown under the radar in the Southern Conference. The Spartans split the regular-season series against Furman and finished with the third-best record in the conference.

With +400 odds to win the conference tournament, they’re a dark horseplay that could knock off Furman and get to the championship game.

The teams that are listed at Bovada with long-shot odds to win the Southern Conference tournament are the Chattanooga Mocs (+2400), Western Carolina Catamounts (+2500), Mercer Bears (+3000), and the VMI Keydets (+15000).

The Southern Conference Tournament will be from March 6-9 at the Cherokee Center with the first game being the Samford Bulldogs taking on the VMI Keydets at 5 p.m. ET Friday.

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