Big West Tournament Odds: UC Irvine, UCSB Top Contested Field

Written By Brett Gibbons on March 7, 2023
Big West Tournament odds

The Big West men’s basketball tournament tips off Tuesday in Henderson, Nevada. Sportsbooks released odds to win the conference tourney, headlined by UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara. There’s no clear favorite in the field of 10, with seven teams sitting between 2-1 and 11-1. Below, we’ll go over Big West Tournament odds and game schedule. The tournament kicks off with two first-round matchups: CSU Bakersfield vs. CSU Riverside and Long Beach State vs. Cal Poly.

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Big West Tournament Odds

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UC Irvine
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Tournament Notes

UC Irvine earned the top seed in the conference after going 15-5 in league play. The Anteaters dropped two of their final four Big West games to UC San Diego and Hawaii, but started the year off with a bang by upending Oregon. At +220, the Anteaters have a 31.3% implied probability of winning the Big West tournament odds while awaiting the winner of CSU Bakersfield and CSU Northside.

Not far behind stands UC Santa Barbara (), who finished with a better overall record (24-7), but fall to the two seed on tiebreakers. The Gouchos finished the year strong on a four-game win streak and await the winner of Long Beach State (11-9 Big West) and Cal Poly (1-18). Ajay Mitchell is one of the tournament’s top players, scoring 15.7 points per game, dishing out 5.1 assists, and shooting 82.2% from the charity stripe.

Five teams cluster together between 5-1 and 11-1 at DraftKings Sportsbook, with the final three teams bringing up the rear. Of the group, CSU Fullerton () has the most confidence of the sportsbooks while UC Riverside () has the most variance.

It’s a tightly-contested field as seven of the 10 teams won at least 11 games in-conference.

Big West Tournament Schedule

  • First Round: Tuesday, March 7
  • Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 9
  • Semifinals: Friday, March 10
  • Big West Championship: Saturday, March 11

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How To Watch

The first two rounds of the Big West Tournament will be streamed on ESPN+. The conference semifinal round will be broadcast on ESPNU and the conference championship on ESPN2. Fire up the coffee maker on the east coast, as the title game tips off at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT.

Find the rest of the conference tournament schedule here.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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