Big Ten Tournament Predictions, Betting Odds & Favorites to Win 2021

Big Ten Tournament

  • The Big Ten Tournament returns in 2021, after the tournament’s cancellation in 2020!
  • The winners of the 2019 Big Ten Conference Tournament was Michigan State, who claimed their sixth title!
  • Michigan opens as the favorites to be crowned tournament winners this year!

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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.

When Is the 2021 Big Ten Conference Tournament?

The 2020-2021 Big Ten Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 10th, 2021, and run through March 14th, 2021. Adjustments are possible depending on the COVID-19 protocol.

Where Is the 2021 Big Ten Tournament Being Held?

The 2021 Big Ten Tournament is being held in Indianapolis, IN. Lucas Oil Stadium, a multi-purpose indoor arena, will be the location where the tournament will be hosted.

The arena can fit almost 70,000 people and has hosted events from hockey to basketball, to Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing. The Big Ten Tournament host site is expected to alternate between Chicago and Indianapolis since 2019.

There has been no statement regarding fan attendance policy.

Where Can I Watch/Stream the 2021 Big Ten Tournament?

The 2021 Big Ten Tournament is expected to be broadcast on BTN and CBS Networks. The second and third round of the tournament, as well as the championship, will also be available on BTN and CBS Networks.

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

Favorites to Win the 2021 Big Ten Tournament

Michigan Wolverines


The Michigan Wolverines open as favorites to win the Big Ten Tournament. They’ve been impressive against Big Ten competition, 13-2, but they’re also undefeated against out-of-conference opponents.

Head Coach Juwan Howard has assembled an impressive roster that is led by an impressive frontcourt trio of players. Much more interior-oriented than other teams in the conference, the Wolverines run an efficient offense, ranking third in two-point percentage and second in three-point percentage. Their defense is the best in the conference as well, holding their opponents to 39.5% from the field.

The Wolverines’ trio of Hunter Dickinson, Isaiah Livers, and Franz Wagner drive their school’s basketball success. The frontcourt combines for 20.3 rebounds per game while also shooting a combined average of 52.9% from the field.

Illinois Fighting Illini


Head Coach Brad Underwood has managed his side to a fourth-place ranking in the AP Poll. The Fighting Illini, have a 15-4 record against Big Ten competition and a 4-2 record against school’s from out of conference.

The Fighting Illini are a very impressive attacking team. They don’t shoot the three a lot, but their ability to attack the rim opens up a number of excellent opportunities. Second in assists per game and second in rebounds per game, Illinois are almost unmatched offensively.

Illinois have a two-man combination that is difficult to handle for any team in the country. Guard Ayo Dosunmu is a brilliant two-way guard who has improved his shooting. His partner on the court, Kofi Cockburn, is an athletic finisher that is great commanding the paint of the offensive side.

2021 Big Ten Tournament Dark Horse

Iowa Hawkeyes


The Iowa Hawkeyes and head coach Fran McCaffrey are a bit of a one-way side, but at their incredible scoring rate they can take any team down. With an 18-7 record overall and a 12-6 record against Big Ten competition, the Hawkeyes at least have the advantage against the lesser teams in their conference.

The Hawkeyes are first in the country in three-pointers per game, first in three-point percentage, first in rebounds per game, and first in assists per game. They don’t commit many fouls, but their defense has been up and down.

Senior forward Luka Garza is a versatile offensive forward who has been leading the Hawkeyes in scoring. He hits from three at a 45.5% rate, while also shooting an impressive 55.1% from the field overall. As the 2020 Big Ten Player of the Year, Garza looks primed to finish his last year of eligibility strong.

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