Can Anyone Derail Purdue From Winning Back-to-Back Big 10 Tournaments?

Skyler Carlin
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Can Anyone Derail Purdue From Winning Back-to-Back Big 10 Tournaments?

Before we shift our attention to the 2024 NCAA Tournament, there are a handful of conference tournaments taking place throughout college basketball in the coming days. The winners of each conference tournament could either improve their seeding in this year's tourney or even earn a spot, making each outcome extremely important in the grand scheme of things.

Among the conferences holding a tournament, the Big 10 is one that figures to have a few intriguing matchups. The Big 10 Tournament is scheduled to tip off on Wednesday, March 13.

While waiting for the tourney to begin, FanDuel Sportsbook is offering Big 10 Tournament Winner odds for the 14 teams involved within the conference. Ahead of the first contest, let's take a look at the Big 10 Tournament bracket, betting odds, and best bets.

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Big 10 Tournament Bracket

Big 10 Tournament Odds

2024 Big 10 Tournament Winner
Michigan State+1400
Ohio State+3000
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Big 10 Tournament Best Bets

Purdue (+100)

It isn't surprise to see the Purdue Boilermakers possess the shortest odds to win the Big 10 Tournament (+100) after registering a 28-3 overall record and 17-3 conference record. Following a 2022 campaign that ended with them losing to a No. 16 seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, all eyes are on the Boilermakers to see how they'll perform in March this year.

Everything that Purdue does is reliant on 7-foot-4 center Zach Edey (24.2 PPG, 11.7 RPG), who has helped the Boilermakers produce the 11th-most points per game (84.2) and the second-best rebound margin (+11.0 per game) in all of college basketball. With Edey dominating the paint and drawing defenders for him to kick out to three-point shooters, Purdue also has the 14th-best effective field-goal percentage (56.4%) and the second-best three-point percentage (41.15%).

While earning the No. 3 spot in KenPom's ratings with the best adjusted offensive efficiency (126.5), the Boilermakers have the third-shortest odds to win the National Championship (+750). Seeing how Purdue cruised through the regular season, they are primed to win the Big 10 Tournament in back-to-back years.

Illinois (+310)

The one team in the Big 10 that can go toe-to-toe with Purdue on the offensive end of the court is the Illinois Fighting Illini. While producing a 23-8 overall record and 14-6 conference record, the Fighting Illini have tallied the 12th-most points per game (83.9) and the sixth-most rebounds per game (41.35)

Rebounding is going to be crucial for Illinois -- especially if they make it far enough to face Purdue in the Big 10 Championship game. Against the other top-four seeds in the conference tournament (Purdue, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and the Northwestern Wildcats), the Fighting Illini recorded a 2-3 record with two of those losses being five and six-point defeats to the Boilermakers.

Illinois has four players posting 10-plus points per game, led by Terrence Shannon (21.6 PPG) and Marcus Domask (16.0 PPG). In the midst of being the No. 10 team in KenPom's ratings with the fourth-best adjusted offensive efficiency (125.0), the Fighting Illini are tied for the 11th-shortest odds to reach the Final Four (+550) in the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan State (+1400)

This is the time of year when Tom Izzo's teams typically play their best basketball while becoming a tough out in the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments. According to Bart Torvik's bracketology, the Michigan State Spartans are positioned for a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament with an 18-13 overall record and 10-10 conference record.

It has been an up-and-down season for the Spartans, who lost four of their final five games of the regular season. That being said, all four of those losses were by seven or fewer points -- one of those being a six-point loss to Purdue -- and Michigan State recently had an impressive home victory over Illinois.

What makes the Spartans dangerous is their tenacious defense -- allowing the 25th-fewest points per game (65.9) -- and the fact they don't make mistakes often with the 10th-best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.67). Despite having the fifth-shortest odds to win the Big 10 Tournament (+1400), Michigan State can make noise with the likes of Tyson Walker (18.4 PPG) and Malik Hall (12.7 PPG) leading the charge.

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