Penn St. vs. Minnesota
PICK: bwin @ Over 135.5 (-110)
DATE: March 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM
STAR RATING: 10.0
EXPERT: Tim Michael
EVALUATION: Win (1000) - Final Total 149
T.M. Selection: Penn State/Minnesota OVER (10* TOTAL OF YEAR).
I’m expecting a wide open affair in this one. The Nittany Lions finished 7-13 in Big Ten play so they’ll need to win the title for a chance at The Big Dance. Minnesota finished 9-11 in conference play and it’ll have to make the finals for its opportunity to go dancing. These teams fought to a 65-64 contest at Minnesota, a low-scoring game that the Gophers came out on top of. This time around I’m expecting a much more wide-open affair. And the numbers support that, as note that Penn State has seen the total go over the number in seven of its last nine trying to revenge a close road loss vs. a conference opponent of three points or less, while Minnesota has seen the total fly over in eight of its last 11 conference tournament agates as an underdog in the +2.5 to +3.5 points range.
T.M. Prediction: 75-73 Minnesota.