Odds To Win The 2017 Big Ten ChampionshipNoah Williams
Welcome to March and the NCAA Basketball Conference Tournaments. The Purdue Boilermakers narrowly beat out both, Maryland and Wisconsin for the Big Ten regular season title, but they’re certainly no shoo-ins to win the conference title when it gets underway this week despite being prohibitive favorites to do so.
Will the Boilermakers back up their status as the best team in the Big Ten or will another upstart conference title hopeful be able to pull off the upset? Let’s find out now.
2017 Big Ten Tournament Odds
March 8-12, 2017 @ Washington, DC
The Favorite To Win The 2017 Big Ten: Purdue +165
The Boilermakers (25-6, 14-4) won two straight and nine of their last 10 regular season games and have a Player of the Year candidate in 6-9 do-it-all forward Caleb Swanigan (18.7 ppg, 12.6 rpg). Four other players also average double digits in scoring for Purdue and the Boilermakers rank a fantastic 30th in scoring (80.5 ppg) and 55th in points allowed (66.9 ppg).
The Smart Bet To Win The 2017 Big Ten Championship: Wisconsin +220
The Badgers snapped their three-game losing streak by beating Minnesota in their regular season finale, but they’ve dropped five of their last seven games overall. Still, I love Wisconsin’s 10th-ranked defense (61.6 ppg) and believe they could pull off the conference tournament win if they get the production out of their top three scorers, Bronson Koenig (14.2 ppg), Ethan Happ (13.9 ppg) and Nigel Hayes (13.5 ppg) that they need.
The Value Pick To Win The 2017 Big Ten Championship: Minnesota +650
The Golden Gophers (23-8, 11-7) may be in fourth place in the Big Ten, but they are playing solid basketball having won eight of their last nine games despite falling to Wisconsin 66-49 in their regular season finale.
The Gophers share the wealth on offense as five players average at least 9.6 points per game and Minnesota limits the opposition to just 69.0 points per game to rank 90th nationally in points allowed.
The Longshot Pick To Win The 2017 Big Ten Championship: Northwestern +1350
Northwestern has lost three of their last four games and six of nine overall, but the Wildcats also beat Wisconsin and a desperate Michigan squad in a thriller on March 1 to punch their first ticket to March Madness. While Northwestern averages just 71.4 points per game (227th), the Wildcats also rank a stellar 35th in points allowed (64.9 ppg).