Big Ten Tournament Odds: Will Hoosiers Continue To Ascend?

Written By Eli Hershkovich on March 11, 2023
Big Ten Tournament Odds

The Big Ten men’s basketball tournament tips off on Wednesday, and one of 14 programs will earn an automatic berth into March Madness. We’ll take a look at all of the pertinent 2023 Big Ten Tournament odds, schedule, and how you can watch. It all begins on March 8, yet No. 1 seed Purdue — the favorite to win the tournament — won’t take the court until Friday.

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Big Ten Tournament Odds (as of Saturday)

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Tournament Notes

Over at BetMGM Sportsbook, the Boilermakers are set at +150 to win their first league tournament championship since 2009. That’s equivalent for a 40.0% implied probability. Purdue is led by 7-foot-4, king-sized Zach Edey, the soon-to-be Wooden Award winner.

The Boilermakers split their final eight regular season games, and they showcased their true colors during that stretch. Despite that, they’re still getting too much credit in the betting market. Their in-state rival Hoosiers (+500) are trending in the opposite direction, winning 11 of their last 15 contests. That included their first sweep of Purdue since 2013.

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana’s lone First Team All-American since Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller in that same campaign, tallies 20.5 points, 11.0 boards, 3.9 assists and 2.8 blocks per game. As if that wasn’t enough, his assist rate in Big Ten play is higher than Yogi Ferrell’s figure when the Hoosiers won the 2015-16 conference regular season title.

Even with veteran point guard Xavier Johnson done for the season, Mike Woodson’s team is presented with an ideal path to advance to at least the semifinals — especially if it faces Northwestern for a third time. Mind you, both of their meetings in 2023 were decided by one possession. I’m already invested in the Hoosiers come mid-March, and I’ll likely add another wager on them if the bracket breaks right before Friday.

Outside of a high-variance, 3-point shooting unit in Penn State (+2500), I’d stay away from this market otherwise.

Eli’s Bet (as of Friday morning): Indiana to win the Big Ten tournament (+450)

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Big Ten Tournament Schedule

  • First Round: Wednesday, March 8
  • Second Round: Thursday, March 9
  • Quarterfinals: Friday, March 10
  • Semifinals: Saturday, March 11
  • Big Ten Tournament Championship: Sunday, March 12

How To Watch

Viewers can catch the first three rounds on Big Ten Network. The semifinals and championship tilt are both on CBS. Here is the rest of the conference tournament schedule.

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