TOM STRYKER’S FREE COLLEGE BASKETBALL SELECTION SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH
#636 MINNESOTA (-) over Indiana at 2 PM EST
In a really bad mood off four consecutive straight up losses, Minnesota will make the most of this home game when Indiana visits on Saturday afternoon. The Hoosiers limp into the Twin Cities off back-to-back straight up home losses to Iowa and Ohio State and this will be a very difficult spot for the Big Red.
If the four blemishes don’t motivate the Golden Gophers here, then the simple fact that Minny dropped a pair (both SU and ATS) to IU last year will be more than enough to do the trick. Thankfully, in this series when battling with revenge of any kind, the Gophers hold a rewarding 14-5 ATS mark in their last 19 tries. Also, when hosting an opponent that arrives off two or more straight up losses, Minnesota carries a reliable 51-33-1 ATS record including a money-making 45-24-1 ATS provided its opponent does not take the floor off a blowout loss of 17 points or more.
The bottom has fallen out for Indiana. The Hoosiers are on a pitiful 1-9 SU and 2-8 ATS run and they simply can’t break out of this slump. It won’t help that this game is being played on the road either. On a foreign court, IU carries a weak 13-29 SU and 14-26-2 ATS mark in its last 42 battles including a miserable 7-22 SU and 7-20-2 ATS provided the Hoosiers hold a conference won/loss percentage of .600 or less. Also, as a guest checking in off two or more home games, Indiana sports a surprising 19-42 SU and 22-37-1 ATS mark including a weak 11-22-1 ATS in this run if they’re priced as an underdog of +2 or more.
The Golden Gophers have played well inside historic Williams Arena this year (11-2 SU) and, in this double revenge mode, they’ll be sure to dominate this stumbling and poor-traveling Hoosiers bunch. Take Minnesota. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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