March 13, 2013

Big Ten Conference Tournament Odds Preview and Picks

No college basketball conference has looked more impressive this year than the Big Ten. Usually known for their football, this year, the conference has excelled in basketball and leads the way with talented teams. The conference boasts seven teams that have 20 wins as well as five squads currently ranked in the top 25 in the college basketball rankings. With all of that talent, the Big Ten conference tournament is sure to be one of the best this season.

The conference tournament will take place in the United Center in Chicago. The first round will tip-off on March 14th with the quarterfinals on March 15th. The semifinals will be held on March 16th and the finals will get underway on March 17th and be nationally televised. Head coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans finished in a tie for the regular season title last year and won the conference tournament. Despite that success the Spartans are not the favorite to win it all this season.

The favorite to win the tournament is the arguably the best team in basketball in the Indiana Hoosiers (EVEN). The Michigan Wolverines (+250) and the Michigan State Spartans (+250) follow the Hoosiers as the two next likely teams to win this tournament.

As far as sleepers go the Big Ten has plenty of them. The Ohio State Buckeyes (+700) have plenty of value as a team that can win it all. They are a top ranked team and have had some impressive wins this season. However, the most notable sleeper is the Wisconsin Badgers (+700). The Badgers have a very stingy defense and efficient squad. They have won games against Michigan, Ohio State, and Indiana and could easily surprise the field and cut down the nets.

Although Wisconsin is a sleeper to watch, our pick to win this event is the Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans are defending champions and are flying under the radar as Indiana is stealing the spotlight. Izzo is the best coach in this tournament and he knows how to get the most out of his kids come tournament time. The odds are very nice and the Spartans are our pick to walk away with the Big Ten title.

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Cole Ryan

Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.

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