Against The Spread Pick
The Big Ten tournament kicks off with this 8-9 match up. Michigan coming in at 19-12 as the 9th seed and Rutgers at 20-11 as the 8th seed. Michigan is 6-4 in their last ten games and Rutgers is 4-6, not too bad in a highly competitive Big Ten. The two teams played against each other twice this year in regular season play, and Michigan won both games, one by six and the other by 12. I think that gives them the upper hand tonight, it just seems like Rutgers doesn’t have an answer for Michigan. Tournament play is different, and Rutgers is the higher seed, but I think the past has shown that Rutgers runs into some issues when they play Michigan, and I expect those issues to re-appear in tonight’s game. Take Michigan tonight.
Over Under Pick
I think it would be best to judge this pick off of how these two teams did against each other in the previous two meetings this season. They have played twice, and are now accustomed to each other’s play styles. So I would expect more of the same in the scoring department from both teams. Seeing in the first meeting between these teams that they combined for 132 points and in the second game they only combined for 112, I would expect the total to fall somewhere in between that area. Take the UNDER tonight.