We’re in the midst of conference tournament week, and March Madness is fully underway. Unfortunately, many stadiums are empty due to the threat of the coronavirus. If they aren’t, go and grab yourself a pair of cheap tickets! Here’s what I will be betting on this fine Wednesday. Remember, some of these are day games, so get the bets in quickly!
Minnesota/Northwestern – Total 135.5
The last time these two paired up the total was 140, and Minnesota won by 26. Expect this game to be much closer, as its likely the final game of the season for one of these teams. It’s the Big Ten Tournament, so hearts will be on the line. That’s not really a quantitative way to handicap, but it’s true. Minnesota is 31st in adjusted offensive efficiency, according to KenPom.com. Northwestern does not have the best defense. Look for this to go over.
Pick: Over 135.5
NC State (-5) vs. Pitt
This is a #5 vs. a #13 in the second round of the ACC tournament. Pitt is clinging on to their lives in this game, which is why we’re going to bet NC State. They are the last team in, according to Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology. They have more incentive to win this game. Look for the Wolfpack to come out guns blazing to cover this spread.
Pick: NC State -5
Oklahoma State (-6.5) vs. Iowa State
Oklahoma State is in a better state of health than the Cyclones. Tyrese Halliburton, Iowa State’s best player, is out for the season, after being injured in early February. Prentiss Nixon and Rasir Bolton are both questionable and are the Cyclones’ next two top scorers. I expect Oklahoma State to cover this line and then some.
Pick: Oklahoma State -6.5
As always, follow me on Twitter @cwsdjt for picks. I post a thread of all of my picks each day in addition to this article. I will have an article before next week of top underdogs to watch out for in the tournament. Good luck! #DontSweat