The Iowa Hawkeyes (11-5, 2-3 Big 10) will be at Welsh-Ryan Arena to challenge the Northwestern Wildcats (6-9, 1-4 Big 10) in a Big 10 matchup. Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats ATS Odds
Both teams were victorious in their last game. The Wildcats were victorious over the Nebraska Cornhuskers 62-57, while the Hawkeyes dismantled the 12th-ranked Maryland Terrapins 67-49.
Iowa played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 39.5 (above their season average of 34.0) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.451 (below their season average of 0.522). For those same stats, Maryland was 23.7 and 0.365, respectively. Meanwhile, Northwestern’s effective field goal percentage was their biggest advantage over Nebraska. The Wildcats had a rate of 0.476 (below their season average of 0.479), while the Cornhuskers posted a mark of 0.381 (below their season average of 0.494). Robbie Beran had a good game for Northwestern, putting up 10 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, Joe Wieskamp played a key role for Iowa with 26 points and 11 rebounds.
The Hawkeyes dominated this series last year, taking both games. In the most recent contest, Iowa won 80-79. Iowa did a fantastic job of getting to and converting from the free throw line (19-25; 76.0 percent). Northwestern, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (34.5 vs. 20.6). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
The Hawkeyes’ Wieskamp has been playing at a high level over his last five games, averaging 18 points,6.8 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Miller Kopp has averaged 16 points during that same time frame for the Wildcats.
Iowa may struggle to create turnovers. Northwestern ranks 38th in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.7 percent), while Iowa forces the 207th-most turnovers (19.4 percent).
Iowa vs. Northwestern Odds Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – Northwestern, ATS Winner – Northwestern, O/U – Under
- Iowa ranks sixth in assists per game (17.8) while Northwestern ranks 208th in assists allowed per game (14.9).
- The Hawkeyes average 39.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 45th in the country. The Wildcats rank 181st in rebounds allowed per game (36.4).
- Iowa averages 23.4 three pointers per game, which ranks 94th in the country. Northwestern ranks 178th in three pointers allowed per game (22.9).
- During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 67.2 points per game (0.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 70.0 points per game (4.3 above their season average).
- The Hawkeyes’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 11.6, up from 10.2 for the season.