While it hasn’t generated as much hype as some of its counterparts throughout the country, the Big East conference has emerged as a boiling pot of potential dark horse candidates on the NCAA basketball moneyline. This Saturday No. 16 Pittsburgh and No. 18 Marquette will demonstrate why.
They won’t be confused for the top teams in the nation anytime soon, but that’s exactly why the Big East elite – and Pittsburgh and Marquette specifically – are so dangerous.
A win over No. 6 Syracuse earlier this month has put the Panthers on a one-way track to March Madness betting relevance. Now led by the three-headed monster of Tray Woodall, Talib Zanna and Lamar Patterson, they’re going to show Pitt fans just what this 2013 roster is capable of.
Although the college basketball odds will be in their favor heading into the Saturday event, that’s not to say Marquette isn’t a wager worth considering. Although the Golden Eagles have struggled against ranked opponents this year, their success in the Big East thus far has earned them praise in the polls.