March Madness Odds 2019: Comparing Big Ten Teams At NJ Sportsbooks

March Madness Odds 2019: Comparing Big Ten Teams At NJ Sportsbooks

The countdown to the 2019 NCAA Tournament is on, and the NJ online sports betting world is readying itself. Fans in Garden State will be able to get in on the legal online sports betting action for the first time and March Madness is sure to be the latest example of the popularity betting on sports has gained and the public’s massive interest in taking part.  

As the NCAA Tournament approaches, there’s good reason to start taking a look at some of the odds-on favorites to go all the way college basketball’s biggest event. We’ve gone ahead and divided some of the odds-on favorites to win the NCAA Tournament by conference and created more concise lists of the best teams in the nation this season. Here, we will focus on the Big Ten Conference.

The Big Ten is one of college basketball’s power conferences, and always produces an abundance of teams that find their way into the March Madness conversation. The league features hard-nosed defense leading to generally low-scoring games and many programs dominating on their home floors. This season is no different in terms of the Big Ten’s high competition level, and four teams have separated themselves from the pack in the eyes of oddsmakers.

As we can tell from FanDuel Sportsbook app’s NCAAB odds, three teams (Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue) have been given decent odds at making a serious run to win 2019 NCAA Tournament.

BonusSeeker did a some digging into NCAA Tournament futures odds for sports betting during March Madness. Of course, we received some help from a few of the top NJ sportsbooks around:

With conference tournaments yet to be played and the bracket needing to be released, online sports betting futures odds on March Madness are bound to continue changing. There is no doubt that some of these schools are worth waiting on for more favorable odds, while others are only going to have odds impacted negatively by strong performances in the upcoming conference tournament.

Below, we are taking a closer look 2019 NCAA Tournament odds for the best Big Ten teams from various NJ sportsbook and make college basketball predictions for which school(s)  may be worth taking a flier on when sports betting on which team will be the champion when March Madness is over with.

NCAA Tournament Odds For Top Big Ten Teams

Below are NCAA Tournament odds for the top SEC teams from several NJ Sportsbooks (odds as of 1pm on March 4):

NJ Sportsbook/SEC Team

FanDuel Sportsbook

BetStars NJ

SugarHouse Sportsbook







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  • Michigan - The Wolverines’ game at Michigan State and the ensuing Big Ten Tournament will separate the close odds between the two rivals. For Michigan, they’re a team capable of dominating with stellar defense and have shown a propensity under John Beilein to make deep tournament runs. BetStars at +1800 or FanDuel Sportsbook at +1600 are the spots to make NCAAB picks on Michigan currently, but look out for rapidly shifting odds. Bet On NCAA Basketball At BetStars!

  • Michigan State - Taking Tom Izzo in March has worked out before for online sports betting players, and his Spartans are +2000 on BetStars NJ and +1600 on FanDuel if you’re looking for a consistent program to back for their NCAAB picks. Like Michigan, the Spartans’ price will alter based on results leading up to the NCAA tournament. A strong showing at the Big Ten Tournament will likely make the payout suffer, while a loss to Michigan and the conference tournament would likely do the opposite. Bet On NCAA Basketball At Fanduel Sportsbook!

  • Purdue - Purdue is one of the best teams in the nation that people rarely talk about. Most of that is due to being a dominant home team (15-0), but it’s given them a shot to win a share of the Big Ten regular season title. A win in the Big Ten Tournament would probably make them a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Anyone who wants this Purdue team as their NCAAB pick in March Madness could get a great payout from BetStars NJ at +4500. Odds on this team vary greatly, so this might be one to jump on. Bet On NCAA Basketball With PointsBetting At PointsBet Sportsbook!

  • Wisconsin - Let’s start with the odds because It’s incredible that Wisconsin could be had at +8000 on SugarHouse, quadruple the payout of other NJ sportsbooks. That’s the obvious play for a longshot flier on the Badgers. Like Purdue or LSU in the SEC, odds vary on some teams so much that it’s clear the sports betting oddsmakers don’t know quite what to make of them. Wisconsin likely doesn’t have what it takes to go all the way, but there is a major payout chance on a program with March Madness experience. Bet On NCAA Basketball At SugarHouse Sportsbook!

NCAAB Picks For Big Ten Teams In NCAA Tournament

Look, the Big Ten is top heavy. It’s pretty hard to separate the top three teams in this conference. Michigan and Purdue are have perfect home record while Michigan State has lost just one home game.

If forced to make a sports betting pick for the Big Ten, it would be Michigan. The Wolverines have a defense that travels anywhere and was able to secure a few impressive road  victories. The +1800 odds at BetStars NJ are decent, but will only get less generous if Michigan does what it’s capable of and wins the Big Ten Tournament.

Many (myself included) aren’t sold any of them have proven they play well enough away from home to win the 2019 NCAA Tournament on neutral floors, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. The Big Ten is likely to have four teams that are No. 5 seeds or better and all of these programs have players accustomed to the bright lights that come along with March Madness.

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