Huth: Penn State's the favorite

Huth: Penn State's the favorite

We asked women’s basketball beat writer Jeff Huth to break down this week’s Big Ten tournament in Hoffman Estates:

Penn State
They’ll cut down the nets if ... Big Ten champions don’t get stuck in traffic and miss tipoff.
Odds: 2-1

Nebraska
They’ll cut down the nets if ... Cornhusker vets are determined to erase memory of 2012 double-OT loss in title game.
Odds: 5-1

Michigan State
They’ll cut down the nets if ... Big Ten’s stingiest defense imposes its will and Spartans avoid foul line (66.8 percent).
Odds: 8-1

Purdue
They’ll cut down the nets if ... team channels ex-Boiler Brittany Rayburn, the 2012 tourney’s Most Outstanding Player.
Odds: 8-1

Ohio State
They’ll cut down the nets if ... the Buckeyes’ 6-2 record since the start of February wasn’t a mirage.
Odds: 20-1

Michigan
They’ll cut down the nets if ... Kate Thompson keeps playing the role of mad bomber. Senior’s 104 three-pointers are 18 more than league runner-up.
Odds: 30-1

Illinois
They’ll cut down the nets if ... Karisma Penn makes rival coaches pay for their snub in All-Big Ten voting.
Odds: 35-1

Iowa
They’ll cut down the nets if ... the Big Ten’s team leader in assists passes the rest of the field silly.
Odds: 40-1

Minnesota
They’ll cut down the nets if ... Big Ten scoring leader Rachel Banham doubles her 21.0 average.
Odds: 50-1

Northwestern
They’ll cut down the nets if ... Freshman of the Year Maggie Lyon misunderstood and thinks she got Player of the Year.
Odds: 100-1

Wisconsin
They’ll cut down the nets if ... Badgers don’t take a three-point attempt. They’re shooting 28.8 percent and have missed 371 times.
Odds: 120-1

Indiana
They’ll cut down the nets if ... former junior college national Player of Year Jasmine McGhee thinks she’s back at Vincennes.
Odds: 150-1