Purdue is the runaway favorite to win the 2024 Big Ten regular-season championship, according to the latest college basketball odds.
After losing in the first round as a No. 1 seed in 2023, Purdue clearly has its sights set on avenging that loss in this year's NCAA Tournament. But it doesn't hurt to win another Big Ten title along the way.
That feels like a foregone conclusion for the Boilermakers, who are the overwhelming favorite across our best sports betting sites to win their second straight conference title. It helps to have Zach Edey, the runaway favorite by the latest Wooden Award odds, ahead of the final two weeks of the regular season.
Here is a look at the 2024 Big Ten championship market (odds via our best March Madness betting sites).
Big Ten basketball title odds 2024 (regular season)
(Odds updated Feb. 23)
Who is the Big Ten basketball championship favorite?
Purdue (-4000 via bet365)
Only two of our best sports betting apps are even offering odds on the Big Ten regular-season title, and it's easy to see why.
With just four games to go, Purdue owns a two-game lead over Illinois - a team it already beat on Jan. 5. Those two face off again on March 5, though the Boilermakers could easily drop that game given their issues on the road throughout this season.
Even that wouldn't be enough to swing the balance in the Fighting Illini's favor, though, as Purdue would need to drop one of the other three games it's heavily favored to win. This isn't technically over, but it might as well be.
Big Ten basketball odds 2024: Contender
Illinois (+1800 via DraftKings)
Illinois won a share of the Big Ten title in 2021-22, but it'll almost certainly have to wait another year to add another.
That's because the Illini still have five games left but trail Purdue by 2.5 games in the conference standings. Even if Illinois runs the table - beating the Boilermakers along the way - it'd need Purdue to drop another winnable game to force the tiebreaker.
That probably won't happen, which is why we're catching such favorable odds on Illinois to win the conference title. Crazier things have happened in sports, but I wouldn't count on this one.
Big Ten tournament odds 2024
When that happens, Purdue will almost certainly be favored to win the Big Ten Tournament - just as it did last year and nearly did the year before. Edey is a key reason, as no team in the conference has figured out a way to shut down the 7-foot-4 center.
Big Ten basketball odds movement
Purdue opened as a roughly +200 favorite to win the Big Ten, and the Boilermakers never loosened their grip on the conference crown in the midst of a mostly flawless campaign.
Even when the team did lose in shocking fashion, these odds barely wavered, and most of our best March Madness betting sites have taken down odds for the Big Ten title ahead of the final two weeks of the regular season.
Recent Big Ten conference winners
|Wisconsin, Michigan State, Maryland
|Michigan State, Purdue
Big Ten basketball betting analysis
All of the best sports betting sites have Purdue as the prohibitive favorite to win its second consecutive Big Ten title, which feels like a virtual certainty with just four games left on the Boilermakers' schedule and a 2.5-game lead in tow.
If you're looking for a way to fade Purdue, just wait until the conference tournament or even the NCAA Tournament, as the Boilermakers have famously struggled with the rigors of March Madness. At this point, though, it's probably too late to reasonably profit on a Purdue collapse.
Big Ten basketball FAQs
Who is the Big Ten basketball favorite?
Purdue is the betting favorite (-4000) to win the Big Ten regular-season title for the second consecutive season.
Who won the Big Ten basketball title last year?
Purdue won the Big Ten conference title last year with a 15-5 record in league play.
When is the 2024 Big Ten basketball tournament?
The Big Ten Tournament is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 13 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The tournament final will take place on Sunday, March 17.
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