It took every conference game to be completed, but finally the Big Ten Tournament conference bracket along with the odds to win are in place. According to a Fansided report on March 9, Wisconsin is the team to beat as the Badgers are not only playing the best basketball in the Big Ten right now, they are also one of the hottest teams in the country! Fresh off of thrashing Ohio State in Columbus, the Badgers enter the Big Ten tourney on a double-bye and will not see action until next Friday, March 13 when they face the winner of the (8) Illinois/(9) Michigan game.
While these conference tournaments mean more to the lower seeded teams who are trying to make the March Madness Tournament later this month, don’t be surprised if the Big Ten finally comes down to Wisconsin facing another top seed such as Michigan State, Iowa or Maryland.
These teams may have their eye on the big dance, but they also have the talent and pride to show that they are the best in the Big Ten. While the Badgers are the big favorites, let’s look at who else could possibly win the Big Ten crown.
First off – Michigan State. Once again Tom Izzo has his team gelling at the right time. The Spartans have won 6 of their last 8 games and one of those defeats was to Wisconsin in Madison by the final of 68-61. MSU is a young team, yet they are playing like a team that can make a Sweet 16 run. A MSU vs Wisconsin finale would be a great way to prep for March Madness!
Next up is Iowa. The Hawkeyes, like the Spartans, come into conference play on a roll. Winners of 6 straight, Iowa could be a team to keep an eye on not just in this tourney, but in the NCAA Tournament as well.
Finally it is Maryland. The new kids on the block to the Big Ten conference finished second to the Badgers in the regular season and they would like nothing more than to win the Big Ten Tournament in their first year of competition.
While it is true that any one team can pull off an upset in any game, it is hard to picture the bottom 6 teams in the Big Ten bracket winning this tournament. However, if you have a feeling that could happen, you may want to place a wager or two in Vegas because the odds are long!
Here is a look at the odds to win the 2015 Big Ten Tournament, along with how to catch all of the action live on television and online. Be sure to click here for a printable bracket to keep up with all the action. The Big Ten Tournament takes place from March 11-15 from the United Center in Chicago.
Odds to win Big Ten Tournament
Ohio State +350
Michigan State +300
Penn State +2000
Wednesday, March 11
No. 12 Nebraska vs. No. 13 Penn State, 4:30 p.m., ESPN2
No. 11 Minnesota vs. No. 14 Rutgers, 8 p.m., Big Ten Network
Thursday, March 12
No. 8 Illinois vs. No. 9 Michigan, Noon, Big Ten Network
No. 5 Iowa vs. (12) Nebraska/(13) Penn State winner, 2:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
No. 7 Indiana vs. No. 10 Northwestern, 6:30 p.m., ESPN2
No. 6 Ohio State vs. (11) Minnesota/(14) Rutgers winner, 9 p.m., ESPN2
Friday, March 13
No. 1 Wisconsin vs. (8) Illinois/(9) Michigan winner, Noon, ESPN
No. 4 Purdue vs. (5) Iowa/Nebraska-Penn State winner, 2:30 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 Maryland vs. (7) Indiana/(10) Northwestern winner, 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
No. 3 Michigan State vs. (6) Ohio State/Minnesota-Rutgers winner, 9 p.m., Big Ten Network
Saturday, March 14
Semifinals: 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., CBS
Sunday, March 15
Championship Game: 3:30 p.m., CBS