March Madness is here, and the first bet goes to Minnesota


March Madness is here, and the first bet goes to Minnesota
March Madness is here, and the first bet goes to Minnesota

The Massive Ten Event is already a hit. Its transient fling in The Big Apple has brought Howie Hoops out of hibernation one week sooner than same old.

As we start some other postseason run, which has resulted in six profitable campaigns over the past seven years, take into account that this column is for entertainment functions only — Hey, the Feds are observing.

Minnesota (-2½) over Rutgers: The Large Ten started drawing up plans for its invasion of Madison Sq. Lawn upon sending its generous league invitation to the Scarlet Knights, but the unofficial hosts by no means made probably the most of their relative proximity whilst playing in the Large East, and the fan base claims the lowest average home attendance of any workforce within the convention, without having to cross a bridge or tunnel.

the first assembly among these groups is inappropriate — an 89-SIXTY SEVEN win by way of Minnesota, on Dec. THREE, while it nonetheless had its 3rd- and fourth-prime scorers — on the grounds that every group has just one win within the earlier month. a minimum of the Golden Gophers can expect Jordan Murphy, the country’s leader in double-doubles, and senior Nate Mason, who not too long ago handed Kevin McHale at the college’s all-time scoring list. Each And Every made shot by way of Rutgers seems like the general one ahead of the 337th-ranked offense goes on some other long scoring drought.

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This 12 months, we don’t must wait until March. Even Though…

Iowa (PK) over Illinois: The Hawkeyes just ended a six-game shedding streak with a win over Northwestern in the common-season finale, and recovered from a double-digit road deficit to claim an extra time win, 104-NINETY SEVEN, in the lone assembly against the Illini this season. Although Iowa surrenders probably the most points within the league, Illinois lets in its fighters to shoot better than any team in the conference (46.9 box-purpose share), and the Hawkeyes are higher-suited to make the most, taking pictures nearly 48 percent as a staff, and higher than 37 percent on THREE-guidelines.

Iowa is due, profitable its most up-to-date convention tournament game in 2013.

2011-17 record: 199-155-EIGHT
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