Hoops Hysteria Kicks Off In Indiana With The Big Ten Tournament

Posted on March 9, 2021 - Last Updated on March 12, 2021

Indiana is kicking off an insane month of basketball with the Big Ten Tournament.

The entire tournament is taking place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

With all of March Madness also happening in the state, Hoosiers are in for a massive dose of hoops hysteria this month.

The Big Ten Tournament starts on Wednesday, March 10.

Big Ten Tournament Indiana

Overall, this has been a down year for Indiana’s favorite teams.

The Purdue Boilermakers are the only team having a basketball season on par with typical expectations.

The 18-8 season from the Boilermakers was enough to snag them the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament.

Here’s a quick look at the top-five seeds for this year’s tournament:

  1. Michigan
  2. Illinois
  3. Iowa
  4. Purdue
  5. Ohio State

IU’s high seed hopes quickly dwindled after the team lost its final five games of the regular season. The Hoosiers ended up as the 10-seed in this year’s conference tournament.

Michigan, on the other hand, has dominated the conference.

The Wolverines are the No. 4 team in the entire country according to the latest AP Poll.

Michigan’s win against Iowa likely played a part in the team snagging that top seed for the Big Ten Tournament. The betting odds tell a similar story.

Big Ten betting odds

Right now, Michigan is the favorite to win the Big Ten. Here’s a quick look at the live odds from some of Indiana’s sportsbooks:


At +500, Purdue is the only Indiana team that has a reasonable chance to win the conference.

Since the team has the fourth-best betting odds out of the group, that presents some value if you’re confident in Purdue’s chances.

With the Hoosiers sitting at +2,000, IU fans will be hoping for better luck next season.

If you’re interested in betting on the individual Big Ten Tournament games, then be sure to check out the latest NCAA live odds every day.

So far, none of Indiana’s sportsbooks have betting odds up for tournament games, but that will change starting tomorrow.

Big Ten Tournament schedule and tickets

The Big Ten Tournament will be running from March 10-14 in Indianapolis.

Minnesota will take on Northwestern in the first bout of the week. That game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. on March 10.

Everything will wrap up with the final game of the tournament at 3:30 p.m. on March 14.

If you’re looking to watch all of the tournament games, then you’re going to need a Big Ten Network subscription. The network will be doing the bulk of the heavy broadcasting work, but the final two rounds of the tournament will be available nationally on CBS.

If watching the games in-person sounds like more fun, then you’re in luck!

This year, 8,000 fans will be able to attend the Big Ten Tournament, although things will look a little different thanks to the pandemic.

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the tournament will feature a number of safety measures such as social distancing.

Big Ten Tournament tickets are already on sale, so that’s great news for basketball fans hoping to see the action in person.

With both the Big Ten Tournament and all of March Madness taking place in Indiana, Hoosiers are in for a month to remember.

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Jake Garza is a US Gambling Industry Analyst for Catena Media. He specializes in Midwest sports betting and casino content. Prior to covering the legal gambling industry, he spent time as a professional sports writer, reporting on teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. Garza is currently working as a Managing Editor for PlayIndiana and PlayOhio, with previous stops at other well-known brands such as PlayIllinois and PlayMichigan. He has been covering the gambling industry since 2019, and currently works with a team of other journalists to provide comprehensive coverage of the legal U.S. gambling industry.

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