Iowa Hawkeyes (12-3) at Northwestern Wildcats (10-5)
Wednesday January 9, 2019 at 9:00 PM ET (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Odds: Iowa +3, O/U 144.5
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This Wednesday, college basketball fans will be delighted to a solid match up between two Big 10 teams that could make make some noise come March: the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Northwestern Wildcats.
The Hawkeyes are 12-3 on the season and are riding a hot streak as of late. They’ve won six of their last seven, with their last win coming over a tough Nebraska team 93-84. They have a high-scoring offense that averages 82.9 points per game on 47.1% shooting overall and 36.1% from beyond the arc. They have three players averaging double-digit scoring totals per game in Tyler Cook (17.3 along with 8.3 boards), Luka Garza (12.3) and Jordan Bohannon (11.3). Bohannon was key in getting that first conference victory for Iowa, pouring in 25 points and five three pointers to help put away the Cornhuskers. While they’ve been hot all season long, they actually haven’t played that well on the road this season. They got beaten handily in their two road games this season and were held to just 39% shooting on average. That being said, the Hawkeyes are still a athletic bunch that can light up the scoreboard at any time. Look for them to bring that energy into Evanston on Wednesday.
While Iowa has been hot as of late, Northwestern has been, at best, lukewarm. They’ve split their last eight games and currently sit at 10-5 for the season. The Wildcats average almost 72 points a game while giving up only 63 points. They also have three guys averaging more than 10 points a game this season. Vic Law (17.6), Dererk Pardon (13.9) and Ryan Taylor (12.5) have led the way so far for Northwestern. They had a tough schedule last week, having to face off against No. 5 Michigan State and Illinois. They got blown out by Michigan State 81-55, but actually escaped with a close victory against Illinois 68-66. Northwestern has long been one of the media darlings of the college basketball world. Head coach Chris Collins and his squad consistently get love from various media outlets, but recently they haven’t played amazing. The Wildcats will have to step it up if they want to take down a red hot Iowa squad thirsty for another Big 10 victory. Luckily for Northwestern, they have the home-court advantage in this one. Not only have the Hawkeyes played poorly on the road this season, the Wildcats have won eight of their last 10 home games.
Cover the Spread 365
7-3 ATS in last 10 versus Northwestern
0-2 ATS away this season
Over is 2-0 in last two road games
6-4-1 ATS at home this season
10-2 overall as the favorite this season
Under is 9-5-1 this season
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Both teams wield some significant advantages going into this game. Iowa boasts a high-scoring offense that has all the momentum going into this one. Northwestern has been stingy defensively while historically playing well at home. All this being said, I like Iowa to cover in this one. More than anything, I just believe that Iowa is an overall better team than Northwestern. They have a significantly better offense as well as the confidence of a hot streak. Northwestern has split their last eight games and hasn’t really played all that well this season. On top of all this, Iowa has done well with this match up recently, winning seven of the last 10 between the two. Iowa is a solid team that could make some noise in this conference, and they should be able to ride into Evanston and give the Wildcats a run for their money. I’m taking the Hawkeyes in this one.