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Statistical Model Predicts The Big Ten Tournament

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CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20: A general view of the court before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and Michigan State Spartans during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The 2018 Big Ten Tournament gets underway this Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. March Madness is here.

If you want the full official bracket, click here. The first game of the event will be Iowa-Illinois at 5:30 p.m. ET on BTN.

Michigan State is the No. 1 seed in the tournament, followed by Ohio State, Purdue and Nebraska. The Spartans finished the regular season with a 16-2 mark in Big Ten play.

Despite Michigan State's stellar record, the Spartans are not the favorite, according to NCAA statistical guru Ken Pomoroy. Rather, it is Purdue that has the best odds.

The third-seeded Boilermakers have a 36.1 percent chance of winning the tourmanent, according to Ken Pom. Michigan State comes in second with a 33.2 percent shot.

Second-seeded Ohio State (11.2 percent) and fifth-seeded Michigan (10.3 percent) are the other teams with double-digit percentage odds.

The full list of probabilities are below.

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If the Boilermakers win the Big Ten Tournament, it will be their second conference postseason title. The first one came in 2009.

Purdue would likely garner a push from some to be a No. 1 seed, and would also likely be seeded no lower than No. 2.

We'll see once the action tips off this week how accurate the statistical analysis is.