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2015 Big Ten conference tournament betting preview

Gamble on the 2015 Big Ten Conference TournamentNCAA basketball – Big Ten conference tournament

Dates: Wednesday, March 11th – Sunday, March 15th 2015
Location: United Center in Chicago, Illinois

BIG Ten preseason favorite Wisconsin won the outright season championship and are odds-on to win the conference tournament.

Maryland, Michigan State and Purdue complete the top four seeds in the 18th annual Big Ten postseason tournament. All fourteen Big Ten teams will compete.

Now that there are fourteen teams in the tournament the format had to be altered. The top four seeds now have a two-round bye into the quarterfinals, while seeds #5-#10 have a one-round bye into the second round. There are only two first round games on Wednesday, but the action will heat up afterwards.

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Big Ten college basketball tournament bracket

#1 Wisconsin dominated the conference schedule during the regular season and have a favorable draw.

#4 Purdue and #5 Iowa may prove to test the Badgers, but it’s unlikely any team other than Wisconsin will advance to the finals from the top half of the bracket – the Badgers are too dominant.

The bottom half of the bracket is clustered with the likes of #2 Maryland, #3 Michigan State and #6 Ohio State. #10 Northwestern are a live sleeper too. At the very least, Northwestern will put a scare into Indiana in the second round on Thursday and I’ll be betting on the Wildcats money line in that game.

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Analysing the odds to win the Big Ten tournament

I’m now going to analyze the odds to win the Big Ten tournament, plus project where each team will finish.

#1 Wisconsin Badgers

Odds to win: -110 (10/11)
Big Ten record: 16-2

Wisconsin lost to the Terps in February, but they’re big favorites for a reason. The Badgers only allow 56.0 PPG (10th), while scoring 71.7 PPG (75th). However, a major concern is the offense – which has only exceeded 70 points twice in the last nine games.

Stud alert: Player of the year favorite Frank Kaminsky (18.4 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 2.6 APG, 0.9 SPG and 1.6 BPG).

#2 Maryland Terrapins

Odds to win: +900 (9/1)
Big Ten record: 14-4

Talk about getting no respect. The Terrapins are fifth in the market to win the Big Ten tournament, despite being the #2 seed. This is the first year in the Big Ten for Maryland and they far exceeded expectations. Will the Terrapins keep their 7-game win streak alive?

Stud alert: Freshman Melo Trimble (16.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.1 APG and 1.3 SPG).

#3 Michigan State Spartans

Odds to win: +700 (7/1)
Big Ten record: 12-6

Tom Izzo is one coach you don’t want to play against in single elimination tournaments. The Spartans are big, tough and monsters on the glass. MSU are among the best rebounding teams in the nation (38.0 RPG – 28th) and they play team basketball (17.0 APG – 4th).

Stud alert: Big Ten rebounding leader Branden Dawson (11.6 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.3 SPG and 1.5 BPG).

#4 Purdue Boilermakers

Odds to win: +1400 (14/1)
Big Ten record: 12-6

Purdue were expected to finish in the bottom third of the Big Ten, but the Boilermakers had other plans. Purdue have wins against Iowa, Indiana and Ohio State in conference play, but because of a weak SOS and RPI, Purdue are a bubble team for March Madness.

Stud alert: Big Ten blocking leader A.J. Hammons (11.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG and 2.8 BPG).

#5 Iowa Hawkeyes

Odds to win: +900 (9/1)
Big Ten record: 12-6

I expect Iowa to make the semifinals before losing to the Badgers. Iowa plays tough defense (61.7 PPG – 58th), but they lack scoring depth (69.8 PPG – 110th). What’s to like? How about a 6-3 road record in Big Ten play – proving they can win away from home.

Stud alert: Senior Aaron White (15.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.4 APG and 1.3 SPG).

#6 Ohio State Buckeyes

Odds to win: +350 (7/2)
Big Ten record: 11-7

The Buckeyes are second in the Big Ten tournament futures market, although that’s only because the public have been betting on them. OSU have lost four games since February. The only way they win the tournament is if D’Angelo Russell averages 30+ PPG.

Stud alert: Freshman D’Angelo Russell (19.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 5.2 APG and 1.6 SPG).

Here are the remaining odds for the remaining Big Ten teams:

#7 Indiana Hoosiers – Odds to win: +2000 (20/1) / Big Ten record: 9-9
#8 Illinois Fighting Illini – Odds to win: +1600 (16/1) / Big Ten record: 9-9
#9 Michigan Wolverines – Odds to win: +6600 (66/1) / Big Ten record: 8-10
#10 Northwestern Wildcats – Odds to win: +20000 (200/1) / Big Ten record: 6-12
#11 Minnesota Golden Gophers – Odds to win: +3300 (33/1) / Big Ten record: 6-12
#12 Nebraska Cornhuskers – Odds to win: +20000 (200/1) / Big Ten record: 5-13
#13 Penn State Nittany Lions – Odds to win: +20000 (200/1) / Big Ten record: 4-12
#14 Rutgers Scarlet Knights – Odds to win: +50000 (500/1) / Big Ten record: 2-16

Out of this bunch of teams, Nebraska have been the biggest disappointment, while Michigan have played below expectations. The Wolverines lost Caris LeVert to injury, but Michigan weren’t playing well even when he was in the line-up.

Nebraska are a mess and the media has loved every minute of the turmoil in Lincoln. Nebraska have lost eight in a row and earlier in the season they had losses against the likes of Rhode Island, Hawaii and Incarnate Word (Who?).

Big Ten tournament predictions 2015

The market doesn’t agree, but I predict the Maryland Terrapins will win the Big Ten conference tournament. Maryland didn’t get any respect back in November, but you can bet every team in the country has heard about the Terrapins by now.

Trimble is the second best PG in the conference, plus he receives a lot of help. Dez Wells (15.3 PPG and 5.3 RPG) and Jake Layman (13.1 PPG and 5.9 RPG) are both averaging double-digits in points and over five rebounds per game.

These three studs will battle it out against Wisconsin’s three studs (Kaminsky, Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes) in the finals.

If there are going to be any fireworks in the Big Ten tournament expect them to come from the bottom half of the bracket. MSU are always a threat and they could beat the Terps. Maryland is 2-0 this season against MSU, but the first game went to double OT.

Here’s how I see the Big Ten bracket playing out:

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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