Arch Madness: Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Odds

Written By Stephen Andress on February 28, 2022 - Last Updated on March 2, 2022
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Before March Madness, there is Arch Madness. The Missouri Valley Conference Tournament begins Thursday, March 3 with all 10 teams in the bracket hoping to earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Loyola Chicago is the favorite, despite only earning the 4-seed in the conference tournament. A Cinderella Final Four run in 2018 and Sweet 16 run in 2021 for the Ramblers may be creating some recency bias and adding potential value elsewhere.

Missouri Valley Odds: Conference Tournament Futures

2022 MVC Tournament Futures

Game
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Loyola Chicago
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+130
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+130
N Iowa
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+500
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+490
Missouri St.
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+300
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+490
Drake
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+650
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+500
Bradley
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+900
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+700
S. Illinois
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+2200
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+1900
Indiana St.
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+13000
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+11000
Valpo
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+12000
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+12000
Illinois St.
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+20000
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+18000
Evansville
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+50000
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+50000

Tournament Notes

Loyola Chicago’s March pedigree makes the Ramblers a strong favorite this year, as the only MVC team cracking Eli Hershkovich’s top-68 rankings. That’s despite four losses in conference during the regular season, dropping Loyola Chicago to the 4-seed. Every team but the bottom four on the odds board above earned a first-round bye into the quarterfinals.

All games will be played on a neutral court at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

In conference only games, Loyola Chicago is third behind Missouri State and Northern Iowa in offensive efficiency but leads The Valley in effective field goal percentage. UNI is the 1-seed in the tournament. Missouri State is the 2-seed.

On defense, Loyola Chicago second and third in defensive efficiency and eFG% defense, respectively. Bradley leads on the defensive end in both of those categories during MVC regular season play.

The bracket for the tournament can be found here.

Tournament Schedule

  • First Round: Thursday, March 3
  • Quarterfinals: Friday, March 4
  • Semifinals: Saturday, March 5
  • Championship Game: Sunday, March 6

How To Watch

First round and quarterfinals games can be seen on ESPN+. Semifinals will be televised on CBS Sports Network at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET, with the championship game Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Stephen Andress joined Catena Media as Managing Editor of TheLines.com in March 2021. He began his career as a sports anchor and reporter in Eugene, OR before moving to Louisville, KY. There he covered the Kentucky Derby, Sugar Bowl and three consecutive Final Fours. Stephen later won an Emmy award while working for the Indianapolis Colts. More recently, he produced content for the PGA TOUR and multiple fantasy football and sports betting websites. Nothing has excited him more in his career than seeing legalized sports betting in the United States and the opportunity to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for it. His hobbies include kicking his high school friends' butts in fantasy football, Japanese whisky and Kentucky bourbon, golf outrights and supporting RIP Medical Debt, a charity which works to wipe out medical bills for those who have been unable to cover the cost of getting sick.

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