IU And Purdue Brace For Big Ten Tournament In Indianapolis

Posted on March 9, 2022

The Big Ten Tournament is here, which is great for college hoops lovers in Indiana. Plenty of fans from every team in the conference will be visiting the Hoosier State for the games.

Indiana’s favorite teams will be hitting the hardwood as part of the fun. Both IU and Purdue will be in the mix this weekend.

The tournament will be taking place from March 8 until March 13, and you can wager on all of the action thanks to Indiana sports betting.

IU Basketball Big Ten Odds

The Big Ten Tournament is taking place at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Gainbridge is the home of the Indiana Pacers, so the building is no stranger to hosting basketball events. The arena has also hosted the conference tournament 11 different times in the past.

The Indiana University Hoosiers have one of the earlier games on the tournament’s schedule.

IU basketball finished as No. 9 in the Big Ten rankings, so the team will be facing off against No. 8 Michigan for its first game. That matchup will start at 11:30 a.m. on March 10.

Michigan opened as the slight -2 favorite for that game.

IU basketball is currently sitting on the March Madness bubble. If the cream and crimson can pull out a decent Big Ten Tournament performance, then that would do wonders for their big dance chances.

Purdue Basketball Big Ten Tournament

The latest AP Poll has Purdue University as the No. 9-ranked team in the entire country.

Jaden Ivey and company have been one of the best teams in college basketball all season long.

Despite that, the Purdue Boilermakers lost out on winning the Big Ten to Wisconsin. That will have the team hungry to prove themselves ahead of the March Madness action next week.

Since the team is such a high seed in the conference, Purdue’s Big Ten Tournament action won’t begin until the quarterfinals at 9 p.m. on March 11.

Purdue’s opponent for that first game could be a handful of different teams. Ohio State, Minnesota and Penn State are all possibilities depending on how the earlier games shake out.

Regardless of which of those teams ends up in the crosshairs, expect Purdue to be the favorite for that matchup.

Big Ten Tournament Odds

All of the legal online sportsbooks in Indiana will be offering odds for the Big Ten Tournament action.

Betting on the individual games is one thing, but you can also wager on the overall winner of the tournament.

DraftKings Indiana has Purdue as the favorite to win the Big Ten Tournament. Here’s a quick look at the odds for some of the top teams:

  • Purdue: +185
  • Illinois: +380
  • Iowa: +400
  • Wisconsin: +800
  • Michigan: +1,200

IU is a little further down the odds list at +2,500 right now.

Regardless of which team you’re wagering on, there are plenty of options thanks to college basketball betting in Indiana. The Big Ten Tournament only happens once a year, so fans around the state will be watching closely to get a feel for teams before the NCAA Tournament begins.

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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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