Big Ten Tournament Preview: Michigan vs. Rutgers

This will be the third time Michigan and Rutgers will play this season…and none of those three meetings will be in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines swept the Scarlet Knights during the regular season with wins in Piscataway and a neutral-site victory in New York City. Will the third time be the charm for the Scarlet Knights? The WagerTalk TV crew offers their Michigan vs. Rutgers preview and prediction.

Date/Time: 03-12-2020, 12:00 EDT
Opening Spread: Michigan -3
Opening Total: 135

Courtesy of Teddy Covers: When teams are meeting for a third time in a season after one team has won the first two, that team wins the third meeting 72-percent of the time (849-344 since 2008). The Wolverines are 13-0 all-time against the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers has played incredibly hard all season, but you have to wonder about their psyche heading into the Big Ten Tournament a little bit. The Scarlet Knights haven’t been to the NCAA Tournament in 30 years. Following their road win at Purdue to close the season, they are comfortably in the tournament for the first time all year. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has them as a 9-seed right now. Knowing that you’re now comfortably in next week’s NCAA Tournament, how focused are you on this week’s Big Ten Tournament? Especially since you’re playing a team you’ve never beaten before.

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