We enter the second round of the Big Ten Tournament, with four intriguing games on the schedule at the United Center in Chicago. We bring you the must-read betting notes so you can beat the books for all the conference tourneys.
Odds: -2.5 Indiana, 130.5 at BetAmerica
Start Time: 12:30 p.m ET, United Center, Chicago
Season Series: 1-0 (Ohio State), 1-0 ATS (Ohio State), 0-1 O/U
Indiana is the much better team on paper, but lost by an embarrasing score of 55-52 at home against OSU in their lone head-to-head matchup this season. In that ugly game, Hoosier's star forward Juwan Morgan shot a very uncharacteristic one for seven from the field for just three points, when on the season he averages 15.1 points per game on 55.3 percent shooting.
Indiana is 6-0 ATS in their last six games while the Buckeyes are 1-4 ATS in their previous five. Expect Morgan to play much better today and take Indiana to cover.
Odds: -5.5 Maryland, 135 at BetAmerica
Start Time: 3:00 p.m ET, United Center, Chicago
Season Series: 2-0 (Maryland), 1-1 ATS, 1-1 O/U
The last time these two sides played, Maryland took the decision in a 60-45 snoozer. Both these teams combine solid defenses with less than overwhelming offenses, with 'Braska limiting opponents to 41.7 percent shooting from the field while connecting on 42.9 percent of their own shots, and Maryland holding opponents to just 39.5 percent shooting (the 18th-best mark in the country).
They also play at a slow pace with both teams ranking outside of the top-250 teams in the country when it comes to possessions per game. Both defenses also play at their best during the first half, with Maryland allowing 29.3 ppg (23rd in the nation) and Nebraska averaging 30.9 ppg (60th). Take the 1H total Under.
Odds: -2.5 Penn State, 134.5 at BetAmerica
Start Time: 7:00 p.m ET, United Center, Chicago
Season Series: 1-0 (Minnesota), 1-0 ATS (Penn State), 0-1 O/U
Don't be fooled by the discrepency between these school's overall records, PSU was one blown call away from having the same conference record as the Gophers and lost to them by just one point in Minnesota. The Nittany Lions enter the tournament as arguably the hottest team in the conference, having won seven of their final ten games of the season - including wins against Maryland and Michigan.
With star forward Lamar Stevens (19.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and 254 pound bruiser Mike Watkins they have the size to battle the Gophers down low, and with Big Ten defensive player of the year Josh Reaves they have somebody that can lock down Minnesota's best player in Amir Coffey (and held him to 3-11 shooting in the last game). Back PSU to keep their momentum going and cover the spread today.
Odds: -4.5 Iowa, 154 at BetAmerica
Start Time: 9:25 p.m ET, United Center, Chicago
Season Series: 1-0 Iowa, 1-0 ATS (Iowa), 1-0 O/U
Iowa destroyed Illinois by 24 points in their only head-to-head game this season and has a 21-10 overall record compared to the Illini's 12-20 record. So why such a small spread tonight? That might have something to do with how ice-cold the Hawkeyes were to end the season, they lost five of their last six games and went 0-8 ATS in their final eight.
Don't let that deter you from backing the chalk tonight though, Illinois doesn't have the talent, size or depth to handle the Hawkeyes and should be exhausted after their overtime win last night. Take Iowa to win and cover.
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