Best Conference Challenge Matchups of the Upcoming SeasonPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
We’re currently a good while’s away from the start of the 2018 college basketball betting season. However, with the release of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, the SEC-Big 12 Challenge, and the Gavitt Games between the two Big conferences, sportsbooks online have taken it upon themselves to size up some of the best conference challenge matchups for the upcoming season. No doubt this early look will help bettors size up the best matchups to wager on this year. Take a look.
Best Conference Challenge Matchups
Indiana Hoosiers vs. Duke Blue Devils || ACC-Big Ten Challenge – Tues., Nov. 27th
The Hoosiers may not be up to the task of facing the Blue Devils. However, with Duke coming off a challenging run at the Maui Invitational, Indiana might just be able to pick them off. Putting aside Indiana’s chances, this is one matchup sportsbook players won’t want to miss. After all, we all want to see how India’s Romeo Langford will fare against the likes of Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cm Reddish.
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kentucky Wildcats || SEC-Big 12 Challenge – Sat., Jan. 26th
Since these two didn’t get paired up in the Champions Classic held in November, it comes as no surprise to see them matched up against one another in January. Currently being projected as two of the best preseason teams, there’s no question that this is a must-watch matchup. Ultimately this pairing could very well have top seed implications. On top of that, it could be one of the best matchups of the year.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Villanova Wildcats || Gavitt Games – Wed., Nov. 14th
Who doesn’t want to tune in for a rematch of a national title pairing? Granted, both sides have undergone pretty severe makeovers since they met back in April. Ultimately this matchup will let us determine which side has blossomed better. There’s no denying that talent will be returning in both sides, but that talent still needs to build up some chemistry. The NCAA parlay odds for this matchup will be enticing to say the least.
West Virginia vs. Tennessee || SEC-Big 12 Challenge – Sat., Jan. 26th
This game might not get the publicity it deserves. However, the pairing between Sagaba Konate and Grant Williams is one you won’t want to miss. Both players bring a dangerous prowess to the court and it will be interesting to see who wins the frontcourt.
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Michigan Wolverines || ACC-Big Ten Challenge – Wed., Nov. 28th
Unlike the last matchup we just covered, this pairing will be receiving plenty of publicity, as well as a good deal of sportsbook hype. Michigan will have already faced Nova before hosting UNC, so there’s no question that outcome will influence the odds for this pairing. In the end this matchup is just what UNC freshman Nassir Little is looking for when scanning for a potential breakout matchup. Leading his team to a solid victory over a tough team is one way to win over the Tar Heel nation. Just like the rest of the matchups on this list, this is one of the best conference challenge matchups you won’t want to miss this one.