Big Ten Tournament 2013 Bracket: Seeds, Odds, Matchups and More

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2013

Mar 5, 2013, Bloomington, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guards Maurice Creek and Yogi Ferrell (right) hold up the Big Ten league championship trophy as the team huddles around the trophy after the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Assembly Hall. Ohio State defeated Indiana 67-58. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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There are a lot of conference tournaments heading into March Madness, but there might not be any more exciting than the 2013 Big Ten Tournament.

The Big Ten has been arguably the toughest conference in America this season. Teams like Michigan and Michigan State could end up getting higher seeds in the NCAA tournament than they do in their conference tournament.

With these schools, plus Final Four contenders Indiana and Ohio State, this should be a great event to watch from beginning to end. 

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming week of games.

Where: United Center, Chicago, Ill.

When: March 14 - 17

Watch: Big Ten Network, ESPN, ESPN2, CBS

Live Stream: ESPN3 (First Two Rounds) CBS Sports Online (Last Two Rounds)

Full Bracket

Seeds and Odds (via Top Bet)

1. Indiana: Even

The entire Big Ten has been tough, but Indiana showed throughout the year that it is the best team in the conference. 

Even with a few slip-ups, the Hoosiers' road wins at Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State show that they are mentally tough enough to go far this year.

If Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo play like they did against Michigan on Saturday (combined 39 points and 23 rebounds), no one will beat them. 

2. Ohio State: +700

Ohio State is not getting much respect as the No. 2 seed in this prestigious tournament, but the squad is playing as well as anyone right now.

The Buckeyes have won five games in a row, including wins against Michigan State and at Indiana, and the confidence will certainly help in the postseason.

With the Big Ten's leading scorer, Deshaun Thomas, anything is possible.

3. Michigan State: +250

It is weird that Michigan's two rivals—Ohio State and Michigan State—had to root for the Wolverines on Saturday to earn a share of the Big Ten title. Although that did not happen, Michigan State should be proud of their season.

The Spartans do not have any bad losses all season and are simply looking to help their seed in the NCAA tournament. With Tom Izzo as the coach, do not be surprised to see this squad go all the way.

4. Wisconsin: +700

On paper, this squad seems overmatched against the powerhouses in the conference. However, Bo Ryan always has his team playing well in big games.

Wisconsin is great on defense and showed plenty of resolve during the season when they played three-straight overtime games. Unfortunately, a likely second-round game against Michigan could spell trouble.

5. Michigan: +250

Oddsmakers are giving a lot of respect to the fifth-seeded team, naming Michigan the second-most likely to win. Even though the Wolverines must win four games in four days, this seems right.

Trey Burke is probably the best point guard in the country and he can always be trusted to take a big shot.

Although the road to the championship will be tough, the talent alone will bring them far.

6. Iowa: +3,000

Iowa is currently on the wrong side of the bubble after a season that includes losses to Purdue, Nebraska and Virginia Tech. However, getting an at-large bid is still a possibility.

If the Hawkeyes win their first-round game over Northwestern and are able to upset Michigan State in the next round, it would certainly put them in the conversation on Selection Sunday.

7. Purdue: +4,500

Although Purdue might have gotten a higher seed than Illinois and Minnesota, it is certainly not a better team.

After struggling against the top teams in the conference all year, it is hard to imagine the Boilermakers going deeper than the quarterfinals.

8. Illinois: +1,200

While Illinois is still projected to be in the NCAA tournament, losing three of the last four games puts the squad in a tough spot. 

The Illini and their fans would certainly feel better with a first-round win over Minnesota.

9. Minnesota: +1,000

As poor as Illinois has played in the final two weeks, Minnesota has been worse. The team ended the year with a 5-10 record after starting 15-1. This will not impress the selection committee.

Wins over Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan State are impressive, but this might be the most inconsistent team in the tournament. Do not be surprised if the Golden Gophers lose in the first round or reach the finals.

10. Nebraska: +7,500

With a 3-11 record away from home this season, it is hard to imagine Nebraska really being a factor in this tournament. The Cornhuskers have one of the weaker offenses in the nation and will simply struggle to score enough to compete.

11. Northwestern: +7,500

Northwestern has the talent to match up with some of the better teams in the conference. Wins over Illinois and Minnesota show that the Wildcats could cause some damage.

Unfortunately, it appears that they have simply given up after eight losses in a row ended the season. 

Maybe next year will be the season that Northwestern makes the NCAA tournament. 

12. Penn State: +10,000

If there is one team that Michigan does not want to see in the first round it is Penn State. The Nittany Lions have been awful all season, except when playing the Wolverines.

The teams split the season series with both games being close, and Penn State will make things difficult once again on a neutral court.

Schedule (via

First Round, Thursday, March 14

Game No. Matchup Time (ET) TV
1 Illinois vs. Minnesota 12 p.m. BTN
2 Michigan vs. Penn State 25 min. after Game 1 BTN
3 Purdue vs. Nebraska 6:30 p.m. ESPN2
4 Iowa vs. Northwestern 25 min. after Game 3 ESPN2

Quarterfinals, Friday, March 15

Game No. Matchup Time (ET) TV
5 Indiana vs. Game 1 Winner 12 p.m. ESPN
6 Wisconsin vs. Game 2 Winner 25 min. after Game 5 ESPN
7 Ohio State vs. Game 3 Winner 6:30 p.m. BTN
8 Michigan State vs. Game 4 Winner 25 min. after Game 7 BTN

Semifinals, Saturday, March 16

Game No. Matchup Time (ET) TV
9 Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner 1:40 p.m. CBS
10 Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner 25 min. after Game 1 CBS

Championship, Sunday, March 17

Game No. Matchup Time (ET) TV
11 Semifinal Winners 3:30 p.m. CBS

Predicted Winner: Ohio State

Ohio State might not be the best team in the conference, but things are looking up for the Buckeyes.

While Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin battle on the other side of the bracket, Ohio State has an easy first-round matchup and then Michigan State in the semifinals. This is not an easy win, but it is certainly better than the alternatives.

Between Aaron Craft's ability to defend and Thomas' ability to hit shots, this squad can beat anyone.


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