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Big Ten Tournament Predictions, Betting Odds & Favorites to Win 2022

  • The Big Ten Tournament is back at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
  • The winner of the 2021 Big Ten Conference Tournament was the Illinois Fighting Illini.
  • The Purdue Boilermakers opens as the favorites to be crowned tournament winners this year!

The Big Ten Conference Tournament, also known as the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, is a single-elimination basketball tournament that involves all fourteen schools representing the conference.

The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, but the winners of the regular season are awarded the true conference championship.

Big Ten Tournament Betting Odds

The odds for the Winner of the Big Ten Tournament are provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Tournament WinnerOdds
Illinois+500
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Iowa+550
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Michigan State
+600
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Purdue
+700
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Ohio State
+900
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Wisconsin+2500
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Big 10 Conference Predictions

Favorites to Win the 2022 Big Ten Tournament

Purdue Boilermakers

The Purdue Boilermakers finished the regular season third in the Big Ten with a 14-6 conference record. They were one of the top teams for most of the season and are ranked eighth in the nation. They have +200 odds to win the Big Ten Tournament.

Purdue has the seventh-highest scoring offense in the country and the second highest-scoring offense in the Big Ten. They score an impressive 80.7 points per game. They score well because they have four players (Jaden Ivey, Zach Edey, Trevion Williams, and Sasha Stefanovic) scoring over ten points a game. Those four players combine for 54.9 points per game.

Purdue has one of the best players in the country in Jaden Ivey. Ivey is a well-rounded guard who shoots efficiently and rebounds well. He creates a lot of offensive firepower for the Boilermakers and scores 17.2 points per game.

Ivey gets a lot of help from his center Zach Edey. Edey is a 7’4” sophomore that generates a lot of offense. He plays under 20 minutes a game but still scores 14.7 points and grabs 7.3 rebounds. Edey and Ivey both need to be on their A-game to win this tournament and make a run in March Madness.

Purdue has a great offense, but their defense needs some work. They give up 68.8 points per game, good enough for 167th in the country. Everyone expects them to score a lot in this tournament, but the real test comes on defense. If the Boilermakers can lock down their opponents, they will win this tournament. Purdue is the best team in the Big Ten, so they should win this tournament.

Illinois Fighting Illini

The Illinois Fighting Illini won part of the Big Ten regular-season title with their 15-5 conference record. They are ranked 20th and have +380 odds to win the Big Ten Tournament.

Illinois may have the best player in the Big Ten in Kofi Cockburn. The Jamaican junior is second in the Big Ten in scoring with his 21 points per game and leads the Big Ten in rebounds at 10.6 per game. He is 7’0” but has impressive stamina and plays over 30 minutes per game. Cockburn is the heart of this team, and if he plays well, the Fighting Illini will probably also play well.

Illinois does not have another player as impactful as Cockburn, but they have three other players scoring over ten points a game. The Illini have an impressive offense that scores over 76 points per game. With that being said, their defense needs to be better. They give up 67.7 points per game. That is simply too many points to give up against these difficult opponents.

Iowa Hawkeyes

The Iowa Hawkeyes went 12-8 in conference play this year and finished fourth in the Big Ten. They played well enough to be ranked 24th and have +390 odds to win the Big Ten Tournament.

The Hawkeyes have the country’s fifth-best offense, scoring 83.3 points per game, but much of their offense comes from Keegan Murray. Murray is one of the best players in the country and a

Wooden Award Finalist. He scores 23.3 points per game on 55.4% shooting, grabs 8.6 rebounds, and blocks 2.1 shots per game. Murray’s impact comes on both sides of the floor, making him so dangerous.

Iowa has other good players, but they all pale in comparison to Keegan Murray. Murray may need to involve them more to win this tournament and make a run in March Madness.

Big Ten Conference Tournament FAQ

When Is the 2022 Big Ten Conference Tournament?

The 2022 Big Ten Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 9th, 2022, and run through March 13th, 2022.

Where Is the 2022 Big Ten Tournament Being Held?

The 2022 Big Ten Tournament is being held in Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gainbridge Fieldhouse is an indoor arena home to the NBA’s Indiana Pacers and WNBA’s Indiana Fever.

Gainbridge Fieldhouse also used to be the home of the Central Hockey League’s Indianapolis Ice and Arena Football League’s Indiana Firebirds.

The arena has a capacity of 17,923 for basketball games.

Where Can I Watch/Stream the 2022 Big Ten Tournament?

The 2022 Big Ten Tournament is expected to be broadcast on the Big Ten Network, Fox Sports App, CBS, and Paramount+.

The First Round, Second Round, and Quarterfinals will be shown on the Big Ten Network and Fox Sports App. The Semifinals and Championship game will on CBS and Paramount+

Live streaming will be available on The FOX Sports App and Paramount+ so long as you also have a cable or streaming service subscription.

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