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Posted at 1:05 PM EST.
Big Ten Tournament – Madison Square Gardens – New York, New York.
2:30 PM EST. The Wolverines are the #13 team in the nation and need this trip to NYC like they need a hole in the head. Michigan will feel the Madness regardless of what happens at Madison Square Garden this weekend. The Maize and Blue closed out their regular season with five straight wins over their conference brothers, which secured their ticket to the dance. Michigan also put up huge numbers to end the season by outscoring its opponents by more than 14-points over that final five-game stretch. However, an above average shooting run of 48% over that time is not sustainable. Further inflating Michigan's value is its big wins over ranked Ohio State and Michigan State, as well as victories over notable programs such as UCLA and Texas. The Wolverines are going to be an appealing play today, but do not be fooled. Motivation is going to be an issue for this squad, which makes covering this large number a tall order.
Honestly, this line is a joke. Iowa can win this game outright. Sure, the Hawkeyes didn't have their best season with a pair of losses to Michigan including an embarrassing 74-59 defeat in Ann Arbour just two weeks ago but none of that matters now, as these schools are back in the starting blocks. Iowa played yesterday and upset Illinois 96-87, which should have it chomping at the bit to get back on the hardwood. The Hawkeyes should also benefit from already taking the floor at Madison Square Garden, which is a big deal for most players and coaches. Iowa may have had its hands full with Michigan this season, but the Hawkeyes were double-digit dogs at the Wolverines on Valentine's Day, and now they are taking back a similar price today in a neutral site game. That's the definition of value. Play it accordingly.
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#587 Iowa +9 -109 (Risking 2.18 units - To Win: 2.00)