Against The Spread Pick
After a win in the preliminary round of the Big Ten Tournament over Northwestern, Minnesota advances to take on Iowa, the fifth ranked team in the Big Ten. Minnesota, as the 12th ranked team, did win their first round match, however it was against an 8-24 Northwestern team that was one of two teams ranked below Minnesota in the tournament. So they may be feeling good after advancing, but their “run” will end tonight as Iowa is a real threat in this tournament to win it all and punch their ticket to the big tournament in March. Stats are a non factor in this game, all you need to look at is the seeds and the records. Iowa is number five at 20-11 and Minnesota is number 12 at 15-16. It’s an easy one, take Iowa tonight.
Over Under Pick
The total tonight is pretty high, and it would seem like Minnesota wouldn’t have enough to reach that mark. However, despite their low seeding, they have been rolling in the scoring department lately, scoring over 70 points in three of their last five games, including a 107-point performance in regulation vs Nebraska. Iowa has pushed or reached the 80-point mark in four of their last five games, and on the season they average around 75 points on the season. Minnesota can’t slow down Luka Garza. Both teams have been on scoring streaks lately, which means the OVER is the correct pick tonight.