Sunday College Basketball Odds: Memphis Meets Houston In AAC Final

Jalen Duren #2 of the Memphis Tigers dribbles the ball against JWan Roberts #13 of the Houston Cougars during a game on March 6, 2022 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis defeated Houston 75-61.
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Yes, the big boys of the Big Ten and SEC highlight the Sunday college basketball odds menu. But the American Athletic Conference, Atlantic 10 Conference, and of course the Ivy League also have NCAA Tournament berths on the line.

Leading the way among those three conference finals, AAC regular-season champ and No. 18 Houston takes on a scorching-hot Memphis squad coached by former Tigers great Penny Hardaway.

Multiple oddsmakers provided insights on opening/current lines and action in the Sunday college basketball conference tournament betting market. Check back throughout the day for action updates.

Sunday College Basketball Odds and Betting Action

American Athletic Conference

Memphis vs No. 18 Houston (3:15 p.m. ET)

Memphis Tigers center Jalen Duren screams out in celebration of making a shot while being fouled against the SMU Mustangs during their AAC Tournament game at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX on Saturday, March 12, 2022, in Fort Worth, Texas.
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UPDATE 2:30 P.M. ET: Less than an hour before tipoff, Houston is a 4-point favorite at WynnBet, after opening -5 (-105) and moving to -4.5 late Saturday night. The Cougars are taking 56% of spread tickets, but 67% of money is on Memphis. The total has been stable at 133.5, with 80% of tickets on the Over/59% of money on the Under.

Previous Memphis vs Houston Odds Updates

UPDATE 12:45 P.M. ET: No. 1 seed Houston had no trouble with No. 5 seed Tulane in the AAC semifinals at Forth Worth, Texas. The Cougars (28-5 SU, 21-12 ATS), who closed as 14-point favorites, rolled to an 86-66 victory. Houston is 8-1 SU/7-2 ATS in its last nine games.

Memphis, meanwhile, is on a 12-1 SU/10-3 ATS tear entering Sunday’s final. The third-seeded Tigers (21-9 SU, 15-14-1 ATS) took out No. 2 seed SMU 70-63 laying 4.5 points. Memphis, an underdog in the AAC final, is 16-5 ATS in its last 21 games getting points.

These teams just met in the March 6 regular-season finale, with Memphis rolling 75-61 as a 2.5-point home underdog. In fact, the Tigers took both meetings this season, winning 69-59 as a 10-point road pup Feb. 12. Those two games represent Houston’s last two defeats.

Memphis is just 3-4 SU in its last seven clashes with Houston, but the Tigers are a perfect 7-0 ATS in those meetings. The Under is 5-1-1 in the last seven meetings, and the Under is 4-1-1 in Houston’s last six games overall.

Houston opened as a 4-point favorite on PointsBet USA’s Sunday college basketball odds board and dipped to -3.5 this morning. Memphis is attracting 62% of spread bets and 68% of spread dollars, 2.5 hours before tipoff. The total opened at 133.5, spent about 30 minutes at 134.5 late this morning and is now back at the opener. The Over is seeing 77% of bets/82% of money.

Late Saturday night, PointsBet USA had Houston a 4-point chalk on its Sunday college basketball odds board, with a total of 133.5. Check back Sunday for updates on odds and betting splits.

Ivy League

Princeton Tigers guard Jaelin Llewellyn dribbles the ball with his left hand during the Ivy League basketball tournament semifinals
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Yale vs Princeton (noon ET)

UPDATE 11:30 A.M. ET: Only the top four of eight Ivy League teams get to play in the conference tournament. And that was probably enough this year, seeing as how those four schools were the only ones to finish with winning records. And as it turned out, the top two seeds will meet for the title Sunday in Boston.

No. 1 seed Princeton (23-5 SU, 12-14 ATS) let a 17-point first-half lead entirely dissipate against No. 4 seed Cornell on Saturday. In fact, the underdog Big Red led 65-62 with eight minutes remaining. But the Tigers fought back for a 77-73 victory, failing to cash as 6.5-point favorites.

Princeton is on an 8-0 SU run, but is 1-3 ATS in its last four outings.

No. 2 seed Yale (18-11 SU, 13-15 ATS) fended off No. 3 seed Penn 67-61 to cover as a 3-point chalk. The Bulldogs are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games.

The road team won and cashed in both Yale-Princeton meetings this season. On Jan. 29, the Bulldogs notched an 80-74 victory catching 3 points, and on Feb. 19, the Tigers won 81-75 getting 1 point. That Princeton victory snapped a 7-0 SU run by Yale in this rivalry (5-2 ATS).

The Over is 4-1 in the last five head-to-head clashes and 17-8 in Princeton’s last 25 overall, but the Under is 4-0 in Yale’s last four games.

Princeton bounced between -3 and -3.5 a couple of times at PointsBet USA, and the line is currently -3. Ticket count is 2/1-plus and money 4/1 on the Tigers. The total at 142.5 and this morning reached 143.5, with tickets almost 3/1 and money a little short of 2/1 on the Over.

Atlantic 10 Conference

Richmond vs Davidson (1 p.m. ET)

Richmond Spiders guard Jacob Gilyard (0) drives to the basket as Dayton Flyers guard Malachi Smith (11) defends in the first half at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., on March 12, 2022.
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UPDATE 12:15 P.M. ET: Sixth-seeded Richmond is looking to complete a four-wins-in-four-days run to nab the A-10’s automatic NCAA bid. On Saturday, the Spiders trailed 52-39 with 11:22 remaining, but rallied to knock out No. 2 seed Dayton 68-64 catching 2.5 points.

Top-seeded Davidson has breezed so far at the A-10 tournament, posting a pair of double-digit wins in Washington, D.C.. In Saturday’s semis, the Wildcats dispatched St. Louis 84-69 as a 3-point favorite. Davidson is on runs of 7-1 SU and 6-1 ATS.

No. 6 seed Richmond (21-12 SU, 15-18 ATS) may well have ruined bubble team Virginia Commonwealth’s shot at an NCAA bid in Saturday’s other semifinal. The Spiders closed as 3.5-point pups and notched a 75-64 outright victory. That halted a four-game ATS skid for Richmond (2-2 SU).

These league rivals met just once this season, with Davidson netting an 87-84 road win as a 2-point ‘dog. That ended Richmond’s three-game SU and four-game ATS run in this rivalry. Still, the Spiders are 7-3 SU/8-2 ATS in the last 10 clashes.

Davidson opened -3.5 and made a couple of trips to -4.5 on PointsBet USA’s Sunday college basketball odds board. The Wildcats are now -3.5 (-115) and taking 60% of bets, while 53% of money is on Richmond. The total opened at 138.5, bottomed out at 136.5 multiple times and is now 137.5, with 72% of tickets/84% of money on the Over.