- The Michigan Wolverines have +150 short odds to win the Big 10 Conference.
- The Illinois Fighting Illini has +375 odds to win the conference.
- Illinois beat Michigan 76-53 in their most recent matchup.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Sports betting fans have been placing heavy action on the Michigan Wolverines to win the Big 10 Conference Tournament all season, and this remains the truth even following their recent loss to the Illinois Fighting Illini.
Michigan is ranked second in the nation and was heavily favored at -400 odds to beat the number four ranked Fighting Illini headed into the matchup. But the game ended 53-76 in a statement win by Illinois.
Still, sports betting fans are viewing that game as an aberration, placing heavy action on Michigan to take the conference in the end.
STATEMENT WIN! pic.twitter.com/FcFhAfkUkH
— Illinois Basketball (@IlliniMBB) March 3, 2021
College basketball betting fans view Michigan as the true threat to take the conference tournament, leading all programs with +150 short odds.
Big 10 Conference Tournament Winner
- Michigan +150
- Iowa +350
- Illinois +375
- Ohio State +450
- Purdue +700
- Wisconsin +1500
- Michigan State +2500
- Maryland +4000
- Rutgers +4000
- Minnesota +8000
- Indiana +8000
- Penn State +20000
- Northwestern +15000
- Nebraska +50000
Outside of the loss to Illinois, Michigan has been on a tear this season, boasting an 18-3 record overall record, 13-2 conference record, a 12-1 home record, and was on a seven-game win streak prior to the Illinois loss.
March Madness betting fans are expecting the teams' strong play to translate into the tournament.
Betting fans may be leaning in on freshman center Hunter Dickinson to continue his dominance and assert them past any team in the conference. Dickinson leads the team in points at 14.4 per game, rebounds with 7.7 per game, and blocks with 1.5 per game.
All season the 7”1 freshman has been dominant and is the core reason why they are sitting atop the conference.
Longshot betting fans, however, should not ignore the defensive display Illinois put on in the matchup between the two.
The Fighting Illini held Dickinson to just 6 points in 22 minutes of play, and force Michigan to shoot a horrendous 34.7% from the field and 28.6% from three. Illinois also out rebounded the Wolverines 42 to 26 showing they had overall more effort leading into the game.
With just a few games left before the tournament begins, Illinois could be getting hot at the right moment.
The Fighting Illini are currently on a three-game winning streak and only have the number seven ranked Ohio State Buckeyes to take down next.
The +375 longshot odds on Illinois may be a smart move at
USA online sportsbooks for Big 10 betting fans before they play the Buckeyes who have dropped three straight.
After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in creative writing, Giovanni spent his professional career writing short stories for online journals. Now at USAOnlineSportsbooks, you can find him keeping fans up to date on their favorite teams best betting odds. Giovanni still tries to incorporate his passion for storytelling through the perspective of sports betting.