The Favourites to win 2019 Big Ten Basketball Tournament
- The build-up to March Madness continues this week with the Big Ten tournament getting underway tonight...
The 2019 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament will tip off tonight. The annual tournament is being held at Chicago's United Center, and the competition will provide five straight days of exciting, high-quality basketball.
The tournament serves as the postseason to the Big Ten Conference, and Michigan enter as the two-time defending champions. Nevertheless, the Wolverines will face plenty of competition as they look to reclaim their crown, and here we will examine the favourites to win the Championship Game on Sunday.
Wisconsin - No. 4 Seed - Latest Odds: +600
The Wisconsin Badgers enter this year's tournament looking to improve upon their disappointing 2018. Last year, the Badgers failed to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998, and the team also suffered an early Big Ten loss to Michigan State.
A year on and Wisconsin has improved, finishing the regular season as the No. 4 seed thanks to a 14-6 record. Despite this, the Badgers' Big Ten prospects look bleak as the team will likely face a match with Michigan State on Saturday, and Wisconsin will have to be at their absolute best to overcome the pre-tournament favourites.
Purdue - No. 2 Seed - Odds: +300
While Purdue enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed, doubt remains over their ability to go all the way. After all, the team has lost in two of the last three finals, and despite boasting one of the best offensive units in the conference, doubts remain over Purdue's ability to come out on top during clutch situations.
Nevertheless, Purdue has one of the most exciting players in the tournament in Carsen Edwards. The 21-year-old guard is a player who can carry the team's offense on his back, and if Edwards has a big tournament, Purdue could still find a route to the Final.
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