No ranked teams play during the Big Ten’s three game slate on Sunday, but the final games of the weekend should provide some great entertainment.
The Big Ten has been very balanced top to bottom in this early conference season, with no team stepping out as the clear favorite. Purdue and Wisconsin look like the early favorites, but teams like Maryland and Minnesota have really stepped up and have been early surprises to be real contenders late in the season.
Two of the three matchups will be aired on the Big Ten Network, and the biggest game featuring Michigan State and Ohio State will be on display on CBS.
You can preview all the games below. All spreads are based on Covers.com.
Big Ten Game Of The Day:
· Time/TV: 1:30 PM ET- CBS
· Spread: Ohio State (-2)
Michigan State gets a must needed win in their blowout of Minnesota. Mile Bridges is back to his old self it appears after scoring 16 points against the Golden Gophers. He struggled in his first two games back, only scoring six and four against Rutgers and Penn State. They will look to build off this momentum, as Bridges gets healthier.
Ohio State has lost four in a row and things are not looking great for Thad Matta’s team. The Buckeyes are going to have to string together a few wins in a row the next few games, or this season could be done very quickly.
- Pick Against The Spread: Michigan State
· Time/TV: 12:00 PM ET- BTN
· Spread: Indiana (-16)
Rutgers’ 11-2 non-conference record was quickly put on hold with their 0-5 start in the Big Ten. Their schedule doesn’t get much easier either, as the Big Ten has a ton of teams that are capable of being very good on any given night. They have really struggled to shoot the ball with any consistency since starting conference play, as they are shooting just 34.2 percent in those five games.
Indiana has lost four of five after dropping one against Maryland in College Park. The Hoosiers have had a tough start to the conference as well, after looking like a Big Ten championship front-runner, to the middle of a deep conference. The Hoosiers will most likely get a much needed win against the Scarlet Knights, and get back to their winning ways.
- Pick Against The Spread: Rutgers
· Time/TV: 7:30 PM ET- BTN
· Spread: Northwestern (-6)
Iowa got an impressive win over Purdue earlier this week and showed that any Big Ten team can be beaten on any night. But let’s not read into that win too much and I still don’t think they’ll be in the conversation for a conference championship. Peter Jok continued his great season again in the win over the Boilermakers with 29 points and the Hawkeyes will go as Jok goes.
The Wildcats have gotten two important back-to-back wins after starting 1-2 in Big Ten Play. Northwestern has the easiest part of their schedule with these two wins and going forward into the next three games. The Wildcats are a very talented team that could beat anyone on a given night. Scottie Lindsey and Vic Law have been great for the Wildcats all season and they will push this team to a very good season.
- Pick Against The Spread: Northwestern