Tips for the 11 Conference Tournaments That Start Today / NFL Shakeup / Players Championship Guide

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Today’s schedule is HERE. Guests include:

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Burke’s Betting Blurbs

Handicapping Conference Tournament Motivation
There are 11 conference tournaments starting today and four of them are guaranteed to be one-bid leagues. The A-10 could end up being one as well. There is an enormous difference between needing to go all the way to win your conference tournament and simply playing for seeding. When you have no choice but to play and win three games in three days, you do everything that you can to do it. When you have a choice, coaches may look at the big picture instead.

Take Kentucky for example. When healthy, the Wildcats can beat any single team in the field. They haven’t been healthy most of the season, as guards TyTy Washington and Sahvir Wheeler have battled injuries. It is hard to see a reason why John Calipari would go all out to try and move up to a No. 1 seed.

Similarly, consider Illinois. Kofi Cockburn means everything to the Fighting Illini and he has played through various ailments and has missed time. The last thing Brad Underwood wants for a team making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in almost decade is to go into it with his best player hobbled or injured.

On the other hand in the Big Ten, you have Michigan, a team that wildly underperformed and a head coach that had an embarrassing moment that led to a suspension. He’s back on the bench for a team listed by some bracketologists are being one of the “last four byes”, meaning just above having to play a play-in game in Dayton. They have incentive.

When handicapping futures or even doing game-by-game betting in these tournaments, consider the “unquantifiable factors.” We know what the metrics say. We know what these teams can do. But we should also keep in mind that a coach may subtly opt for a little extra rest at the end of a long season as opposed to going all out this week.

-Adam Burke (aburke@vsin.com; @SkatingTripods on Twitter)

Today’s Big Sports Betting Stories

PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP TEES OFF ON THURSDAY

Our golf experts have been on the ball this season. While nobody had Scottie Scheffler, our guys were all around the leaderboard with runners-up Viktor Hovland and Billy Horschel. They’re back at it again this week for the "fifth major", the PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

Check out our official tournament preview and the best bets from Wes Reynolds. READ MORE

Brady Kannon is back this week and he wrote up his favorite matchups and a primer on the event. KEEP READING

Wes and Brady also teamed up with Matt Youmans and Ryan Burr of PGA Tour Live for this week’s edition of the Long Shots Podcast. LISTEN HERE

SIX BIDS CLAIMED; 11 NEW CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS START TODAY

Six teams received their automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament last night, as five won their conference tournaments and another backed into the Big Dance under a unique set of circumstances. Jacksonville State, the regular season champ in the Atlantic Sun, will represent the conference in the Field of 68 after Bellarmine, ineligible while transitioning to Division I, won the conference tournament final over Jacksonville.

Wright State, Delaware, Bryant, South Dakota State and Gonzaga were the victors in their respective conference tournaments.

Five conference tournaments got underway on Tuesday, which pales in comparison to the ELEVEN that get started on Wednesday. Are you ready? They are: A-10, Big 12, Big East, Big Sky, Big Ten, MEAC, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC, Southland and SWAC.

Adam Burke wrote about all of the remaining conference tournaments with "The A’s and the Bigs" for Wednesday, and also the AAC (starts Thursday). READ MORE

He also tackled the Ivy (starts Saturday), MAC (Thursday), MEAC, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC, Southland and SWAC. KEEP READING

Matt Youmans also gave out his best bets for the power conference tournaments. READ MORE

Steve Makinen also shared some more conference tournament betting trends. GO HERE

Dave Tuley also shared his conference tournament betting strategies. KEEP READING

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Wednesday’s Market Insights column covers noteworthy line movement and betting systems in college basketball that you need to know from our line-watching expert Josh Appelbaum. READ MORE

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