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Conference USA Tournament Betting – Blazers Anything But A Lock As Tournament Gets Underway

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/6/2014 2:23:52 AM

Four teams have already been eliminated from the Conference USA title tournament after play got underway at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas on Wednesday. Four more will be eliminated on Thursday. While the top-seeded UAB Blazers are considered the college basketball betting favorites to win the tournament, they are anything but a lock to take the title.

The Blazers will face their first test on Thursday when they take on the East Carolina Pirates, after the latter knocked off the UCF Knights to earn their spot in the second round. Darrius Morrow led the Pirates with a double-double to help them clinch a double-digit victory, but they will have had little time to prepare for the much tougher Blazers with game-time set for 11 AM ET on Thursday morning. UAB should have no problem getting through the opening round, but don’t let that serve as an online sports betting indication of how well they will do in the tournament.

The Blazers will be challenged in the next round by one of a tough core that finished just one or two games back of them for the top seed in the Conference USA standings, UAB lost games to both the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and Memphis Tigers during the regular season, and a postseason rematch could end up with the same sports betting bonus result. Tulsa finished the regular season with three straight wins, but will need to hold off Arsalan Kazami in their first tournament game in order to get past Rice in the final game played on Thursday. Meanwhile, Memphis will face a tougher matchup against a Southern Mississippi team that absolutely dominated Tulane 63-47 in the opening round of tournament player. The Golden Eagles have won their first game of the tournament in six straight years, but none of their second round matches have been this highly anticipated.

The final second round matchup will feature the UTEP Miners against Marshall, after the Thundering Herd advanced with a 97-87 win over Houston on Wednesday. Damier Pitts continued his strong season when he scored a game-high 28 points, but didn’t have to do it alone with DeAndre Kane adding another 21 and grabbing 10 rebounds to solidify that inside-outside presence that is so crucial in this game.

The remaining eight teams will be fighting for the grand prize at the end of the line, which is an automatic bid into this year’s NCAA national title tournament. The Blazers are the obvious favorites after finishing first, but a semi-final against either Memphis or Southern Mississippi won’t be easy, after which UAB will likely play Tulsa or UTEP if they advance. Each of the top-five teams in the tournament has a legitimate shot to win it all, which leaves the Blazers as anything but a lock as the Conference USA title tournament continues Thursday in El Paso, Texas.

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