BIG 10 POWER-HOUSE ***9-1 L10 NCAAB***
(NCAAB) Minnesota vs. Michigan State, 01/12/2022 7:00 PM, Score: 69 - 71
Point Spread: 11.50 | -106.00 Minnesota (Away)
Result: Win
8* Minnesota (7:00 ET): Michigan State comes into this game ranked #10 in the country, which seems too high. My power rankings obviously still consider Sparty to be a Top 25 team, but Top 10 seems a “bit rich.” I was set to fade them on Saturday when they were scheduled to hit the road to face unranked Michigan, who was a slight favorite to win. But that game had to be postponed due to COVID. Might that interruption have an adverse effect on the Spartans tonight? I wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

This is also a revenge game for underdog Minnesota, who was 7-0 SU back when they hosted MSU in the Big 10 opener back on 12/8. The Golden Gophers ended up losing that game 75-67, on what was a poor shooting night for them (just 26.1% from three), and falling into a 13-point halftime hole was the key. Even though they’re now on the road, and off back to back losses, look for a better start from the Gophers tonight. This is a critical game for them as they are off to a 1-3 start in Big 10 play.

Back to the cancellation from Saturday, Michigan State is just 1-6 ATS the last seven times it has played with five or six days rest. This is a lot of points to lay in a conference game, especially considering the Spartans’ issues turning the ball over. They did not cover a similar spread vs. Nebraska last week. While 13-2 SU looks nice, MSU hasn’t exactly played a “murderers row” in the Big 10 thus far. Minnesota has had to face Illinois and Indiana and shot just 20% from three-point range in those two losses. Expect more shots to fall for them tonight and they’ll stay within the number as a result. Take the points. 8* Minnesota