Big East Tournament Predictions, Betting Odds & Favorites to Win 2022
- The Big East Tournament is back at Madison Square Garden for the 40th season.
- The Big East Conference Tournament bracket was announced, with the first through fifth seed getting a first-round bye.
- The winner of the 2021 Big East Tournament was the Georgetown Hoyas.
The Big East Conference Tournament, also known as the Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament, is a single-elimination basketball tournament that involves all eleven schools representing the conference. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, but the winners of the regular season are awarded the true conference championship.
Big East Tournament Betting Odds
The odds for the winner of the Big East Tournament are provided by Caesars Sportsbook.
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Favorites to Win the 2022 Big East Tournament Villanova Wildcats
The Villanova Wildcats did not win the Big East regular-season championship. Still, they have the best odds to win the Big East Tournament at +165. They had an excellent season, went 16-4 in conference play, and are ranked 11th in the nation.
Senior guard Collin Gillespie led Villanova. Gillespie has had an impressive college career but stepped up his game in his final season. His shooting took a massive leap as he made 44.7% of
his field-goal attempts, 43.1% of his three-point attempts, and 91.5 of his free throws. He simply became more productive from the field.
Of course, Gillespie was not the only successful player on this squad. Guard Justin Moore also had a great season. The 6’4” junior was second on the team in scoring with 15.3 points per game and also grabbed 5.2 rebounds. He was half of an excellent Villanova backcourt.
As good as Villanova was offensively, they might have been better defensively. They only allowed 63.6 points per game, the best in the Big East.
I am picking Villanova to win this tournament. Not only do they have a great roster with good veterans, but they have also beaten all of the Big East’s good teams at least once.
The Connecticut Huskies finished the regular season third in the Big East with a 13-6 conference record and ranked 18th. They have +350 odds to win the Big East Tournament.
UConn was getting hot near the end of the season. They won six of their last seven games, and one of those victories came against Villanova. UConn’s offense is led by guards RJ Cole and Tyrese Martin and forward Adama Sanogo. Cole, Martin, and Sanogo combined to average 44.5 points per game, over 58% of UConn’s 76.1 points per game. Even though RJ Cole led this group in scoring at 15.8, Adama Sanogo was the most impactful. His 8.6 rebounds per game led the Big East, and his 52.2% field goal percentage was good enough for fourth in the conference.
UConn does not have the defense in the Big East, but they have a solid defense that gives up 65.7 points per game. They will need to play better defense to win the tournament and receive an automatic bid to March Madness.
I do not expect the Huskies to win this tournament, but I am confident they will make March Madness and get a low seed.
The Providence Friars were the surprise of the Big East this year. After finishing 6th in the conference last season with a 9-10 conference record, they rebounded and won the regular-season championship this year with a 14-3 conference record.
Providence does not have one star on their team, but they have four players (Nate Watson, Al Durham, Jared Bynum, and AJ Reeves) averaging ten points or more. Those four players combine for 50.4 points of Providence’s 72.5 points per game.
I cannot talk about this Providence team without mentioning Noah Horchler. Horchler is a 6’8” senior forward who averages 9.9 points per game and is second in the Big East with 8.5 rebounds per game.
Providence’s most significant issue is their lack of depth. They have six players playing between 25 and 34 minutes a game, but after that, their remaining three players only play between six and 14 minutes. If one of their top six players goes down with an injury or fouls out, they will be forced to depend on one of their reserves.
Providence could win this tournament, but they will have to play strong team basketball to do so. Regardless of how they perform in this tournament, they will make March Madness.
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Big East Tournament FAQ
When Is the 2022 Big East Conference Tournament?
The 2022 Big East Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 9th, 2022, and run through March 12th, 2022.
Where Is the 2022 Big East Tournament Being Held?
The 2022 Big East Tournament is being held in Madison Square Garden New York City, New York. Madison Square Garden, the “Most Famous Venue in the World”, is a multi-purpose indoor arena and home to the New York Rangers (NHL) and New York Knicks (NBA). Madison Square Garden has been the home of the Big East Tournament since 1983.
The arena can fit just over 20,000 people and has hosted events from hockey to basketball, to Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing. It was the home of the 2021 Big East Conference Tournament as well.
Where Can I Watch/Stream the 2022 Big East Tournament?
The 2022 Big East Tournament is expected to be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 and Fox networks. Fox has been the main broadcasting partner of the Big East Tournament since 2014.
The First Round, Quarterfinals, and Semifinals will be broadcasted on Fox Sports 1. The Championship game will be broadcasted on FOX.
Live streaming will be available on Fox Sports App, so long as you also have a cable or streaming service subscription.
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Max Heering graduated from the University of Kansas Sport Management program in May 2020. Max follows and writes about the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS, college football, and college basketball. In his free time, you can catch Max draining threes on the basketball court. Email: [email protected]