Alijah Martin arm up with peace sign after hitting 3

Feb 9, 2023; Boca Raton, Florida, USA; Florida Atlantic Owls guard Alijah Martin (15) celebrates making a 3 pointer in opposition to the Rice Owls through the first half at Eleanor R. Baldwin Enviornment. Obligatory Credit score: Wealthy Storry-USA TODAY Sports activities

  • The Florida Atlantic Owls are the betting favourite on the Convention USA Event, beginning March 8
  • North Texas is seeded second, and have the highest scoring protection within the NCAA
  • See the 2023 Convention USA Event odds, seeds, bracket, and full match preview beneath

The Florida Atlantic Owls have been so dominant season, they might most likely get upset on the 2023 Convention USA Event and nonetheless earn an at-large bid from the committee. SBD’s projected March Insanity bracket has them in comfortably as a 7-seed.

Maybe that leaves the door open for different hopefuls for that lone automated bid into the NCAA Event, when colleges chase down the title starting March 8-11. They’ll converge on the Ford Heart at The Star in Frisco, Texas, the coaching facility of the Dallas Cowboys.

This may be probably the most grass-roots venue of any year-end convention match, with a internet drawn between two courts as video games go on concurrently.

Let’s run down the chances for Convention USA tourney and discover the most effective wager.

2023 Convention USA Championship Odds

Group Odds
Florida Atlantic Owls +150
UAB Blazers +210
North Texas Imply Inexperienced +260
Charlotte 49ers +1400
Center Tennessee Blue Raiders +1800
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers +9000
Rice Owls +10000
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs +10000
UTEP Miners +10000
FIU Panthers +15000
UTSA Roadrunners +30000

The Owls are the tourney favourite at +150 odds, an implied chance of 40% to take all of it. They’d simply three losses on the 12 months in 31 video games, ending 18-2 in C-USA play.

The UAB Blazers completed the 12 months 23-8, whereas going 14-6 within the convention. They’re subsequent at +210 odds, adopted by the North Texas Imply Inexperienced at +260, who went 25-6 on the 12 months, and 16-4 within the convention.

Odds as of March 6 at DraftKings. 

Convention USA Event Schedule

The match kicks off Wednesday (Mar 8), with three video games on the docket, starting with no. 8 Western Kentucky taking over UTEP at 5:30pm ET. Seventh-seeded FIU tackle Louisiana Tech, the tenth seed at 8pm ET, side-by-side with no. 6 rice taking over 11-seed UTSA at 8:30pm ET.

The winners of these advance to the quarters on Thursday, the place the top-5 common season finishers arrived by way of a first-round bye.

Florida Atlantic will get the winner of WKU and UTEP at 5:30pm ET, whereas 4th-seeded Center Tennessee State takes on Fifth-seed Charlotte at 6pm ET.

The no. 2 Imply Inexperienced of North Texas will get the winner of FIU vs LA Tech (8pm ET), and the Third-seeded Blazers meet the Rice-UTSA winner (8:30pm ET). Video games on the primary two days may be seen reside on ESPN2.

4 winners from make the ultimate 4 Friday, they usually play right down to the title last on Saturday at 7:30pm ET. The ultimate two days of video games can be seen love on CBS Sports activities Community.

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Groups to Look Out For in C-USA Event

Florida Atlantic is having the most effective 12 months in class historical past, cracking the top-25 for the primary time. They had been unbeatable at dwelling (17-0), with all three losses on the street. They rank Twenty seventh general in KenPom, and twenty sixth of their adjusted offensive effectivity metric.

The Owls ranked second within the convention in scoring at 79.3 factors per recreation. the Twenty seventh-best within the nation, and shot a blistering 37.8% from distance, the Twentieth-best mark within the NCAA on a monster 830 makes an attempt, the Seventh-most hoists all season.

They had been led by Johnell Davis, who averaged 13.2 factors and 5.2 rebounds whereas capturing 41% from distance. Alijah Martin added 12.6 factors, 5.1 boards and shot 47.1% from the sphere.

Reverse Fla Atlantic, UAB and North Texas are on a collision course to fulfill within the different semifinal, the final step to the win-and-get-in situation Saturday.

The Blazers are the best scoring group in C-USA, and examine in at ninth within the NCAA at 82.2 factors per recreation. They enter the match as the most popular group, having reeled off six straight wins. UAB is among the groups that does have a W on the Owls, knocking them off 86-77 on Feb 2.

They’re powered by Jordan “Jelly” Walker, the no. 3 scorer within the nation, averaging 23.2 factors per recreation, including 4.2 assists whereas capturing 39.1% from distance. Eric Gaines was the second main scorer at 12 factors and a team-best 4.6 assists.

Discuss drastically completely different kinds: the Imply Inexperienced are useless final within the NCAA in KenPom’s adjusted tempo metric. It’s no shock they’re the lowest-scoring group in C-USA at 63.7 factors per recreation. Tylor Perry was their main scorer, placing up 17 factors and three.1 rebounds per recreation.

They get it completed defensively, the NCAA’s prime scoring protection, surrendering a paltry 55.4 factors per recreation. North Texas Limits opponents to 40.1% from the sphere (seventeenth) and  31% from three-point vary (forty first).

2023 Convention USA Event Prediction

No mid main climbed into that part of the NCAA Event odds fairly like Florida Atlantic, who sat at a monstrous +250000 on Nov 29, and are within the thick of it with the opposite mid majors, now with +19400 odds.

The Owls have a better path, they usually present each offensive punch and defensive chops to march to the ultimate. Tempo will resolve UAB-North Texas and whoever imposes their will ought to advance.

On the lookout for some higher worth? You would possibly take a dip on the Charlotte 49ers (+1400). They shoot it from distance at a 37.5% clip, the Twenty seventh-best mark within the NCAA, although they had been 2nd-last in C-USA scoring at 63.7 factors.

Maybe just a few extra pictures drop right here than they did within the common season, the place they misplaced by six factors or much less 16 occasions.

That being stated, we’ll keep chalk.

Choose: Florida Atlantic (+150)

Eric Rosales

Sports activities Author & Editor