Basketball picksFebruary 23, 2013

Do Teams Care About Conference Tournaments?

As you make  NCAA basketball picks, you will notice that one very important factor is motivation. If a team is not motivated, then they will struggle to play well in March. If a team has the ultimate motivation – a win or go home mentality – then they will play well in March. This is not always true though it plays out more often than you might think. So that brings us to conference tournaments? What can we expect to see from teams in those tournaments? Can we expect teams to care about these tournaments when the big one is around the corner?

There is something to be said for a sure-fire top seed in a conference tournament. Think about a team like Kentucky of 2012. They were certain to be the top overall seed no matter what happened in the SEC tournament. In situations like that, you have to look at the conference. Does that conference have a lot of fierce rivalries? Is winning the league a big deal? In the SEC, this might not be the case. In the Big Ten, it might matter a little bit more. It really depends upon the league.

The teams with greater motivation are those teams that need to win a few games in order to make the dance. When you make NCAA basketball picks
you might want to look at those teams a little bit closer. They have an incentive to play their best basketball. They might be matched up against a team that doesn’t care. You might find good luck when betting on these teams in those conference tourneys. They may present an opportunity for good value against teams that do not care.