NEC Conference Tournament Odds: Bryant, Wagner The Favorites

Written By Stephen Andress on February 25, 2022 - Last Updated on February 28, 2022
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Let the madness begin. Before Selection Sunday, conference tournaments will decide automatic bids in the the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and NEC conference tournament odds show two clear favorites.

Nine of the 10 teams in the conference will compete in the tournament. As Merrimack is competing in Division I for the first time this season, it’s ineligible to compete in both the NCAA Tournament and NEC Tournament.

NEC Conference Tournament Odds

In the event of a COVID-19 forfeit during an NEC championship, the bracket will not be modified and the team cleared to compete will advance.

2022 NEC Conference Tournament Futures

Game
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Bryant
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+110
Wagner
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+190
LIU
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+600
Mount St. Mary's
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+950
Sacred Heart
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+3900
St. Francis (PA)
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+4200
St. Francis (NY)
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+6500
Farleigh Dickinson
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+11000
Central Connecticut
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+50000

Tournament Notes

Wagner and Bryant are the clear favorites over the rest of the field, having finished multiple games ahead of third-place LIU in the regular season standings. Mount St. Mary’s is the defending NEC men’s champion. No team in the conference cracks Eli Hershkovich’s top-68 rankings, foreshadowing a low seed in the big dance for the conference champ.

NEC administrators approved a one-time expansion of the 2022 NEC Men’s and Women’s Tournament fields to include all nine eligible teams. So there will be a play-in game between the bottom two teams in the regular season standings before the quarterfinals.

All games will be played at the home of the higher seed. After the quarterfinals, advancing teams will be re-seeded so the highest remaining seed plays the lowest remaining seed in the semifinals.

In conference only games, Bryant ranks first in the NEC in offensive efficiency and second in effective field goal percentage. Wagner is second and fourth in those statistics, respectively. On defense, it’s Mount St. Mary’s that ranks atop the NEC in both defensive efficiency and eFG% defense but bottom half in offensive efficiency.

Hersh On Hoops: Where’s The Value?

(Written by Eli Hershkovich)

Although I won’t have a horse in this race, the Bulldogs are somewhat mispriced (+110 on FanDuel Sportsbook). Bryant closed -180 on the moneyline in its regular season finale against Wagner, which it could play again in the title game. The Bulldogs’ odds would be a tad higher if those programs faced off for a third time this season, and they’ll have home-court advantage throughout.

Keep in mind, Jared Grasso’s run-and-gun offense has 6-foot-8 big Hall Elisias back in the lineup after he missed six games with a lower-body injury. Even if it makes the finale versus LIU instead of Wagner, his presence would be critical against the Sharks’ length.

Tournament Schedule

  • Play-In Game: Monday, Feb. 28
  • Quarterfinals: Wednesday, March 2
  • Semifinals: Saturday, March 5
  • Championship Game: Tuesday, March 8

How To Watch

Six NEC Tournament games will be televised, including the title game on ESPN or ESPN2. All games outside of those on ESPNU, CBSSN & ESPN+ will also stream on NEC Front Row.

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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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