Dave's College Basketball Picks, March 12: No. 8 Minnesota v. No. 9 Northwestern
No. 8 Minnesota (21-9, 9-9) vs. No. 9 Northwestern (17-12, 5-10)
Line: Minnesota -2
Minnesota dropped to the eighth seed for the Big Ten tournament after a 64-67 home loss to Michigan on Saturday. Minnesota out rebounded the Wolverines 25 to 11 and shot 55 percent from the floor but couldn’t score down the stretch. The Gophers scored just three field goals in the last thirteen minutes of the game. It appears Minnesota now needs a couple of wins in this tourney to make the NCAA bracket.
Northwestern finished their regular season with a 47-52 loss at Ohio State on Sunday. The Wildcats shot just 39 percent from the floor and managed just three trips to the free throw line. This will be the fifth game away from home out of the last six for Northwestern who finished the regular season in ninth place.
Northwestern is 14-11 against the spread, including 6-6 on the road
Minnesota is 12-13 against the spread, including 4-7 on the road
These two teams split their season series with each winning at home, with the Minnesota victory having the highest margin.
I like Northwestern play away from home over the second half of the season compared to Minnesota. Northwestern has more offensive weapons to go to when the offense slows down. As we saw against Michigan, Minnesota doesn’t have multiple options to go to for a much needed basket down the stretch.
Dave’s Pick: Northwestern +2
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