Big 10 Basketball Tournament Odds: Purdue, Illinois Favored In Marathon Event

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on March 7, 2022
Big 10 conference tournament odds

Midwest hoops fans can get ready for a joyous few days as the marathon Big 10 basketball tournament begins March 9 and runs five straight days. It even bumps right up against Selection Sunday with an afternoon finale. So, what do the Big 10 conference tournament odds say about everyone’s chances?

We’ll take a look and see which teams are favored and considered longshots to raise the trophy in Indy.

Big 10 Conference Tournament Odds

Click on the Big 10 tournament odds below to place a bet, and continue the discussion in our Discord betting community, as we dissect the biggest games of the day. Stay up-to-date on the top-68 programs with Eli Hershkovich’s college basketball power rankings.

2022 Big 10 Basketball Tournament Futures

Game
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Purdue
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+220
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+200
Illinois
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+370
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+270
Iowa
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+400
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+440
Wisconsin
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+750
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+1000
Ohio State
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+1000
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+1100
Michigan
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+1200
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+2800
Rutgers
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+1300
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+2000
Indiana
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+2500
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+4000
Michigan State
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+2500
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+1600
Northwester
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+15000
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+10000
Maryland
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+10000
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+15000
Penn State
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+20000
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+25000
Nebraska
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+30000
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+50000
Minnesota
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+50000
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+50000

Tournament Notes

Link to the full Big 10 conference tournament bracket.

All games take place in Indianapolis, a pretty central location in a league with fans known to travel well. Don’t expect much of a home-field atmosphere for anyone in most of the big games.

The Big 10 should provide one of the most competitive fields of any conference tournament. There wasn’t a clear-cut top team in the regular season — Wisconsin and Illinois tied for the title with Purdue one game back — and KenPom’s numbers have eight teams ranked between No. 13 and No. 44.

Illinois and Purdue are the consensus top two contenders, with Iowa not far behind. Interestingly, second-seeded Wisconsin finds themselves down at fourth in the markets. That may partially reflect uncertainty around the injury to superstar Johnny Davis, who left the loss to Nebraska and didn’t return despite the team playing for an outright conference title.

Note that Illinois, Wisconsin, Purdue and Rutgers have marked advantages due to getting seeded straight into the quarterfinals.

Speaking of Rutgers, you will not see them on your futures board if in New Jersey because of state sports betting laws. There are also some wide splits between prices on the two sportsbooks, so be sure to shop around.

Finally, keep in mind the below schedule calls for five straight days of play, further helping the cause of the top four seeds.

Big 10 Conference Tournament Schedule

  • First round/play-in: March 9
  • Second round: March 10
  • Quarterfinals: March 11
  • Semifinals: March 12
  • Big 10 Championship: March 13

How To Watch

The first three rounds will air on Big Ten Network, including all-day sessions starting at 11:30 a.m. ET on Thursday and Friday. After that, CBS takes over for the semifinals and finals. The latter, held on Sunday afternoon, will almost lead right into The Selection Show for the NCAA tournament.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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