If you were to pick a favorite in the Big Ten tournament, it would be Purdue or Wisconsin. But don’t count out Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern, Minnesota and Illinois, all of which have a shot in bagging home the title as well. It’s really anyone’s game here, and these experts below can help you in making your own predictions.
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2017 Big Ten Tournament Expert Picks and Predictions
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|Paul Kasabian||Purdue Boilermakers|
Bleacher Report’s Paul Kasabian is totally convinced on Purdue (+150) winning it all. The Boilermakers are the best team and have the best player in the conference—Caleb Swanigan—who is averaging 18.6 points and 12.5 rebounds this season. Kasabian also mentioned Minnesota (+1,000) to be the losing finalist.
|Henry Bushnell||Purdue Boilermakers|
Yahoo! Sports’ Henry Bushnell went with Purdue (+150), too. Besides having Swanigan on their side, he points out that the Boilermakers wreak havoc on both ends of the floor. The stats prove it as Purdue carries an offense and defense that ranks inside the top-20 in adjusted defense this season.
|Campus Insiders||Wisconsin Badgers|
Campus Insiders favors Wisconsin (+210), mainly because of experience and the Badgers’ relatively easy draw. They also have a two-day bye, which gives them more time to rest and prepare.
We agree with the people at Campus Insiders. The Badgers (+210) are going to win this, and it’ll be at the expense of Purdue in the final. Yes, their offense has tendencies to sputter, but their conference-leading scoring defense (61.6 PPG) will compensate for any shortcomings.
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