WCC Tournament Odds: Gonzaga Predictably A Massive Favorite

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on March 2, 2022
WCC tournament odds

One of the first NCAA conference basketball tournaments to feature a top national title contender kicks off March 3 in Las Vegas. The WCC tournament odds say it’s Gonzaga and then everybody else.

We’ll take a look at the markets and give a brief overview of the WCC tournament.

WCC Tournament Odds

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2022 WCC Tournament Futures

Game
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Gonzaga
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-400
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-390
St. Mary's CA
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+400
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+500
Santa Clara
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+1500
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+1400
San Francisco
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+2500
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+3000
BYU
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+3000
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+3500
Loyola Marymount
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+30000
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+25000
Portland
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+30000
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+25000
San Diego
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+50000
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+50000
Pepperdine
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+50000
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+50000
Pacific
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+50000
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+50000

Tournament Notes

Here is the WCC tournament bracket.

Gonzaga has won 18 of the past 23 Gonzaga Invitationals WCC tournaments. The five times they failed to win, they finished runner-up. Considering they’re the favorites to win the national championship at , it’s no surprise they’re very heavy favorites to take down the conference tournament. They boast by far the best offense and defense in conference play, headed by elite two-way talent and NBA No. 1 pick hopeful Chet Holmgren.

Merely being among the best teams in the country isn’t enough to explain these odds, though. As strong as Gonzaga is, the rest of the WCC is not devoid of competition. Nationally ranked St. Mary’s checks in at 17th in KenPom’s adjusted efficiency metric, and three more teams (Santa Clara, San Francisco and BYU) have large positive adjusted efficiencies.

No, Gonzaga (and second-seeded St. Mary’s) also has the format heavily tilting in their favor. The WCC uses a “ladder” system for the tournament that seeds the top teams progressively further along in the draw. So, Gonzaga and St. Mary’s only have to win two games to win the tournament, the next two seeds have to win three, and so forth. You can get a visual of this here.

This is important to remember because your futures bets are essentially x-team parlays, but in this format, x becomes greater the further down the seeding you go.

As if the burden on the lowest seeds wasn’t big enough as is, they also have to play three consecutive days to emerge from the deepest depths of the bracket just to reach Gonzaga and St. Mary’s in the semifinals.

WCC Tournament Schedule

  • First round: March 3
  • Second round: March 4
  • Quarterfinals: March 5
  • Semifinals: March 7
  • WCC Championship: March 8

How To Watch

The first two rounds, which won’t feature any of the top-four seeds, will be televised by local NBC Sports/Bally’s/ROOT affiliates. After that, ESPN2 will carry the quarterfinals. ESPN2 and ESPN will split the semifinal, with ESPN broadcasting the Gonzaga game in the earlier window. Then, the finalists get the big stage on ESPN.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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