Favorite: No. 2 Wisconsin
Wisconsin spent the most time atop the Big Ten standings throughout the regular season. The Badgers limped to the finish line, losing five of their last seven games and slipping into a tie with Maryland with a 12-6 conference record. The Badgers appeared to have found their groove again in the season finale as they dominated at home against Minnesota, 66-49.
The Badgers have experienced guards in seniors Zak Showalter and Bronson Koenig as well as experience in the frontcourt with seniors Vitto Brown and Nigel Hayes. Hayes decided to come back to Wisconsin and forgo leaving school a year early to enter the NBA Draft. Wisconsin may have struggled down the stretch, but their four seniors, along with Ethan Happ, are poised for a run to the championship game.