Penn State, 0-6 in Big Ten play, has struggled to compete with the rest of the league, with the exception of hard fought games against Indiana at home and on the road at Nebraska. Same goes for Illinois, 0-5 in Big Ten play, who has only played a well-rounded complete game once in conference play, on the road at Northwestern.
Both teams look to pull off possible upsets at home however, and mix up the standings a little bit. You can preview these games below.
Game of the Day:
- Time/TV: 7:00PM ET BTN
- Spread: PK
Iowa has been on a tear in conference play recently, winning their last three games, two of which came against AP Top 25 teams (at the time) Nebraska and Ohio State. With the return of Luka Garza, Iowa can utilize every aspect of their offense, feeding the post players, and kicking it out for open three pointers.
Garza and the rest of Iowa will have to deal with Mike Watkins down low, so the key will be forcing him into foul trouble, something Watkins has had trouble with in his latest games.
- Pick Against the Spread: Iowa
- Time/TV: 9:00PM ET BTN
- Spread: Minnesota (-1.5)
Brad Underwood has gotten his team to play he wants them to play on defense, high tempo and pressure. However, the offense has often went stagnant and has caused them to go winless so far in Big Ten play.
Against a team like Minnesota though, you’re going to need to keep up offensively. With weapons Amir Coffey and Jordan Murphy, there’s not a lot you can do to stop their offense. Trent Frazier will have to make his shots, or else its going to be a long day for the Fighting Illini.
- Pick Against the Spread: Minnesota