Since its inception in 1998 the Indiana Hoosiers have never won the Big Ten Tournament. However, coming into 2012/13 the Hoosiers are the clear favorite to do just that at +155 to win the Big Ten.
Not only are the Hoosiers favored to win the Big Ten, they also rank behind only Kentucky at 5Dimes on the odds to become national champion at +600. Indiana returns four double-digit scorers from last year’s Sweet 16 squad, and could be even more dangerous on offense with elite prospect Yogi Ferrell joining the mix. The Hoosiers enter the season at No. 1 in both the AP and Coaches' polls.
The Ohio State Buckeyes (+450 to win the Big Ten at 5Dimes) and Michigan Wolverines (+550) are also getting plenty of preseason love at No. 4 and No. 5 respectively in both the AP and Coaches' polls.
Ohio State has some big shoes to fill with the departures of Jared Sullinger and William Buford, but many believe that Deshaun Thomas (15.9 PPG last season) and Aaron Craft can step into the leadership role seamlessly. Sam Thompson and LaQuinton Ross are both candidates for breakout seasons.
The Wolverines own one of the most dangerous backcourts in the nation in point guard Trey Burke (14.8 points per game) and shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (14.6 points per game). This duo is downright lethal when on its game and should make this team very dangerous come Big Ten Tourney time.
Veteran college basketball bettors know never to overlook Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans, who won the Big Ten Tournament last season and are currently +350 to repeat this year. Michigan State loses star forward Draymond Green, but a solid group of veterans, a strong freshman class, and one of the best coaches in the business make the Spartans a serious threat.
Wisconsin’s chances in the Big Ten took a hit last month when PG Josh Gasser was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Gasser was tasked with replacing All-Big Ten PG Jordan Taylor, but now he needs to be replaced as well. The Badgers are still +550 to win the Big Ten at 5Dimes with a strong enough starting five and bench to stay in the hunt.
Minnesota (+1300), Illinois (+1300), Purdue (+1750), Iowa (+2500), Northwestern (+4000), Penn State (+4000), and Nebraska (+6000) round out the Big Ten betting odds heading into this season’s college basketball action.