The Big Ten is again home to some of the top college basketball programs this season. Purdue and Michigan State lead the Big Ten basketball futures odds and are also in the top 10 in odds to win the National Championship.
After Purdue and Michigan State, Maryland , Illinois , and Wisconsin round out the top five in Big Ten championship odds. Here, we will take a look at the odds of winning the Big 10 regular season basketball championship for all teams and give a brief overview of the favorites, as well as some longshots.
Big Ten Basketball Futures Odds
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While the Big Ten features two of the top-ranked teams in the country, Michigan State suffered a stunning opening night defeat to James Madison in overtime. The Spartans’ March Madness and Big 10 championship odds took a hit with the loss. However, the oddsmakers still respect Michigan State this season, listing them right behind last season’s Big 10 regular season champions, the Purdue Boilermakers.
Purdue and Michigan State are heavily favored to win the conference. While there are some really good teams in the Big Ten this season, the preseason favorites typically go on to win the Big Ten regular-season championship. Outside of a few surprises, such as Michigan in 2021 and Wisconsin in 2020, the Big Ten regular season is usually fairly chalk.
Big Ten Regular Season Champion Favorites
Let’s take a look at the favorites in betting odds to win the Big Ten regular-season championship.
Purdue returns with unfinished business this season after becoming the second No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament to lose to a No. 16 seed. To be fair, their record far exceeded their actual talent level last season, and they took advantage of a down Big Ten conference. This season, the Big Ten is much deeper, and they have competition at the top with Michigan State.
To open the season, Purdue smacked Samford by 53 points, and reigning National Player of the Year Zach Edey looked like his typical dominate self. Joining Edey this season is the majority of last season’s production, including top shooter Fletcher Loyer.
They added some depth to this team with Lance Jones from Southern Illinois, which should make this team much more dangerous as he can shoot the ball from deep and is an added scoring option off the bench.
While perimeter shooting is still a concern, Purude has one of the top players in the country, a head coach in Matt Painter, who has turned Purdue into a national basketball brand and an experienced team.
Michigan State Spartans
As mentioned earlier, Michigan State lost on opening night to James Madison, which is the first time a top-five ranked team lost its home opener to an unranked team since these Spartans did it in 2005 against Hawaii.
Upsets happen, which should not alarm Michigan State, but losing to a 20/1 underdog on opening night is a deflating feeling. Luckily, the Spartans have one of the top rosters in the country, as they are bringing back almost everyone from last year’s team, including a backcourt pair of Tyson Walker and A.J. Hoggard.
Michigan State also brought in some talented freshmen, Coen Carr and Xavier Booker, who will compete for minutes the whole season. Combine their young talent with an experienced roster that started to show promise toward the end of the season, and it is no wonder why Michigan State’s odds of winning the Big Ten championship are as low as they are.
Since joining the Big Ten, Maryland has only won one Big Ten regular season championship, and in their six NCAA tournament appearances, they have not made it past the Sweet 16. However, this is a different Maryland team and one that could very easily challenge Purdue and Michigan State.
The Terrapins have a lot of roster turnover to sort through, but one of the top point guards in the country, Jahmir Young, returns to College Park for a second-straight season after transferring in from Charlotte. In his first season with Maryland, Young put up 15.8 points per game and was named second-team All-Big Ten last season.
Despite a solid season last year, Maryland only finished tied for fifth in the Big Ten regular season standings, and they were quickly dismissed from the NCAA tournament by Alabama in the second round. While they are losing a lot from last year, head coach Kevin Willard added a few transfers and brings in a very talented freshman class.
They will have some growing pains to start, but this is a very talented and deep roster, which should settle in nicely once Big Ten conference play begins. At their current price, Maryland is well worth consideration to win the Big Ten regular-season championship.
Big Ten Regular Season Champion Longshots
If you want a Big Ten basketball future with more value, we have got you covered with the two longshots with the best odds.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers does not have the history that other basketball programs in the Big Ten have. However, they are currently in the best three-year run since the ’70s. While they were upset in the first round of the NIT last year, Rutgers has made the NCAA tournament (if you count the first four) in two of the last three seasons, and their win over Clemson in the first round in 2021 was Rutgers’ first tournament win since 1983.
The Scarlet Knights finished with the fourth-best Big Ten regular season record, and this is officially the prove-it year for head coach Steve Pikiell. They lost the opening game against Princeton, which puts a damper on what is supposed to be one of the most important regular seasons in Rutgers basketball history.
They are dealing with a lot of roster turnover, but they also have one of the best frontcourt players in the conference in Clifford Omoruyi, and they brought in a few shooters from the transfer portal. The three-ball was Rutgers’ biggest weakness last season, and although they 28.6% from three against Princeton, this is a much-improved roster with a lot of Division One experience.
Opening night was brutal, but Rutgers is a very solid team, and if they can work out the kinks before conference play begins, they may be worth a shot at this price.
This is certainly not a great Michigan team, but at to start the season, this is worth a play.
We are entering the fourth season of the Juwan Howard era at Michigan, and outside of a disappointing season last year, this is still one of the premier programs in the Big Ten. They won the regular season conference championship in 2021, have had a lot of NCAA tournament success, and are recruiting at a high level.
While losing players like Hunter Dickinson, Jett Howard, Joey Baker, and Kobe Bufkin hurts this roster, this is still a very talented team. With four-star shooting guard George Washington III joining transfers Tray Jackson, Olivier Nkamhoua, and Nimari Burnett, Michigan has some depth after losing a lot of production from last season.
The program is trending downwards, but this team was very unlucky last year and, despite the departures, has a talented roster. At this number, Michigan’s Big Ten championship odds are worth consideration. The expectations are the lowest they have been in years, but this program has been competitive in conferences and on a national level for almost two decades.
Big Ten Championship History
Here are the last 10 Big Ten basketball regular season winners and their odds entering the season.
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