Believe it or not, the Big Ten tournament tips today (at MSG oddly enough) with some late afternoon action between Illinois (-1) and Iowa. The Big Ten is the only Power Conference to hold its postseason tourney this week.

Michigan State, the all-time leader in Big Ten tournament titles with five, is currently listed as the odds-on favorite at 5dimes, nudging out Purdue by just a hair. One of the top two seeds has won in 15 of the 20 years since the Big Ten tournament started in 1998.

Defending champ Michigan won it all last year as a No. 8 seed, which is the lowest seed to ever take the crown. Before Michigan’s victory, the lowest seed to ever win was the No. 6 seed Iowa Hawkeyes in 2001.

Now that you have some background, let’s look at five things every bettor should know ahead of this year’s tournament.

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Feb 20, 2018; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Miles Bridges (22) reacts during the first half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

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