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Significant Relevance for the Big Ten in Recent National Championship Odds

NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

To no surprise, the Big Ten is exceptionally relevant in Bovada’s latest 2019 NCAA Championship Odds, as well as the website’s prediction on the National Player of the Year Award.

Duke comes in as a heavy favorite to take the cake this year with 2/1 odds. The undefeated Michigan Wolverines and 13-2 Michigan State Spartans follow the Blue Devils closer than most any other NCAA program.

Below are the exact odds for all nine acknowledged Big Ten teams:

Big Ten Teams in 01/07 National Title Odds:

  • 10/1 - Michigan
  • 16/1 - Michigan State
  • 50/1 - Indiana
  • 66/1 - Iowa, Ohio State, Wisconsin
  • 80/1 - Maryland
  • 100/1 - Penn State, Purdue
  • Off the Board: Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Rutgers

Though Michigan and MSU’s odds are nowhere near Duke’s, it speaks to the talent of the two top six programs how far up each is on the board. Michigan’s odds are the second-best according to Bovada, while the Spartans’ are fifth-highest.

Considering Minnesota’s massive win over the then No.22-ranked Badgers last week, it is a little shocking that the Golden Gophers aren’t mentioned. Nonetheless, the Big Ten had a great showing.

As for odds to win the Player of the Year Award, Duke’s Zion Williamson is heavily favored at 2/3. Right behind Williamson is Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ at 9/1. Happ’s struggles from the free throw line, and inability to develop his outside shot, make winning the award nearly impossible.

However, Happ’s 19.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game account for appropriate recognition. In addition to the Badgers’ star forward, MSU’s Cassius Winston was given 16/1 odds to win the award. A pair of Wolverines in Ignas Brazdeikis (20/1) and Charles Matthews (33/1) were respected as well.