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Our favorites, sleepers, and dark horses in the 2021 Big Ten Conference basketball tournament

We take a look at one favorite, one sleeper and one dark horse candidate to win it all in the 2021 Big Ten Conference mens’s basketball tournament.

Is Michigan a lock to win the Big Ten?

The Big Ten is one of the deepest conferences in college basketball and boasts six ranked teams. Three of the Big Ten’s best crack the top 10 nationally, so the potential outcomes for the conference tournament seem vast. Will the favorite prevail, or will one of its quality competitors pull off an upset to win the title?

We’ll be taking a look at some of the best teams in each conference and providing picks and predictions for each conference tournament. Plenty of favorites will win, but we’ve got some sleepers to consider that might be able to pull off a big upset on the way to the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s the bracket for the Big 10 Conference Tournament with TV listings, dates and times.

Favorite: No. 4 Michigan (+175)

I know the Wolverines got their tails handed to them by No. 3 Illinois not long ago, but Michigan has been one of the most consistent teams in the country all year and has the easiest road to the title game as the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament. Michigan won’t have to face Illinois until the final round.

Sleeper: No. 9 Ohio State (+685)

The Buckeyes were a top-five team for most of the season but fell off down the stretch. Ohio State lost its last four regular-season games and will bypass the first round before taking on Northwestern or Minnesota. The Buckeyes only lost to Michigan by five points earlier this year and could have a shot at catching them on the downstroke in the third round.

Dark Horse: Michigan State (+5000)

Michigan State is expected to bypass the First Four in the NCAA and beat both Ohio State and Michigan in its final five regular-season games. The Spartans have a shaky record in conference play but have proved that they can take down powerhouses when they’re at their best. Having to go through two teams that they’ve beat already could give them an edge.

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