Iowa Hawkeyes (16-4) vs Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-5)Date : 01/27/2019
Time : 5:00 pm EST
Location : Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Iowa Hawkeyes vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
The 21st ranked Iowa Hawkeyes will travel to Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to battle the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Golden Gophers are losers of three of their last five games, overall, as they suffered yet another conference setback to the Michigan Wolverines in their last outing on the road as the Golden Gophers were able to accumulate a five-point lead at the half; However, were slightly outscored by a resurgent Michigan Wolverines team in the second stanza as the home team was able to withstand an awful shooting night in converting on only 33% of their shots, to getting a huge game out of Ignas Brazdeikis along with Jon Teske as they finished with 18 and 15 points, respectively, as the Wolverines also forced 16 turnovers en route to the victory.
On the other hand, the Iowa Hawkeyes performed miserably versus the Michigan State Spartans in their last time out as they allowed Michigan State to shoot over 50% from the floor while they connected on just 38% of their shot attempts in the loss. In all, a 51 point burst in the second half along with 23 points from Cassius Winston ultimately sealed the fate for the Iowa Hawkeyes as they were certainly overwhelmed by a stout Michigan State defense throughout the contest.
Iowa Hawkeyes's Latest Performance :
While the Iowa Hawkeyes have certainly impressed on both sides of the ball in 2018-19, they simply looked pedestrian in their last matchup versus the Michigan State Spartans as they were only allowed to convert on 38% of their shots on the night while the Spartans were on fire in shooting well over 50%. Cassius Winston along with Nick Ward lead Michigan State in scoring with 23 and 21 points, respectively, while Iowa was paced by Luke Garza along with Tyler Cook who finished the game with 20 and 17 points for an Iowa team that could not capitalize off 16 turnovers for the Spartans in the matchup while also being heavily outrebounded as well en route to defeat.
And while Iowa certainly did not pass the test vs Michigan State, they will be looking to put in a much better effort versus the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday afternoon as they will have Michigan on the schedule for their next matchup immediately after. It is for this reason that one can certainly expect Iowa to come out looking to assert themselves on the defensive end of the floor, which is been the tip of the spear in their success in their 2018-19 campaign. They may indeed have some success on the defensive end of the floor versus the Minnesota Golden Gophers as the home team has failed to reach the 70-point mark in four of their last five outings, overall.
Minnesota Golden Gophers's Latest Performance :
As stated, Minnesota began their matchup with the Michigan Wolverine shooting very well from the floor while also taking a lead at the half. Nonetheless, the Wolverines were able to assert themselves much better on the defensive end of the floor in the second half as they were able to pick up a victory despite being outshot by the Golden Gophers 40% – 33% on the night.
As stated,Brazdeikis along with Teske led the Michigan Wolverines in the scoring department’s while Jordan Murphy led Minnesota in scoring with 15 points as he also pulled down 11 rebounds and defeat. On the other hand, Gabe Kalscheur along with Amir Coffey chipped in 11 points for the Golden Gophers in a losing effort as well. In all, Minnesota, after winning their first Big Ten Conference matchup of the season on the road vs the Wisconsin Badgers, have certainly hit a rough patch recently as they have lost three out of their last five conference games, as stated.
Nonetheless, Minnesota happens to be winners of five of their last six games at Williams Arena and will be facing an Iowa team that will certainly be looking to get back onto the floor in which to pick up a victory after a potentially deflating loss to the Michigan State Spartans in the last outing. Finally, it will be important to note that Iowa happens to be winners of two of their last three road games, with their last road outing being a win over the Penn State Nittany Lions as they posted 89 points.
How Iowa Hawkeyes & Minnesota Golden Gophers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Iowa is 10 – 10 ATS while the OU is 9-11
Minnesota is 8-11 ATS while the OU is 9 – 9
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be a very exciting and important Big Ten matchup amongst the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday. Each team will be looking to get back into the win column after lackluster outings. On one hand, Iowa will be motivated to come out with a victory in this contest after being manhandled by the Michigan State Spartans, as pointed out. On the other hand, Minnesota played well versus a struggling offense for the Michigan Wolverines, however, was not able to come up with the victory due to their inability to remain consistent on the offensive end. Nonetheless, one can certainly expect a back-and-forth affair in this contest, yet, one to where the defenses will certainly take center stage.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes
My reason for the pick :
Look for Iowa to grind out a hard-fought victory in this matchup versus a Minnesota Golden Gophers squad that has been very dominant at home recently. Of course, as stated, Iowa will will look to establish themselves on the defensive end of the floor, first and foremost, as their defense has allowed opponents to score 80 or more points in two of the last three outings, however, they will have a much better performance in this contest versus a shaky offense for the Golden Gophers. In all, one can certainly expect the Iowa Hawkeyes to have a much more solid outing in this contest en route to a convincing victory over a Golden Gophers squad that has struggled in conference play.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
despite their lackluster performance in their last outing versus the Spartans, look for Iowa to come out running and gunning in this contest as they have scored 80 or more points in their last three games and will certainly be looking to get back on track as soon as possible on Sunday. On the other hand, the Golden Gophers have allowed the over to be to play in three of the last five home games as I expect these trends to continue as both teams will have solid offensive nights while also gaining confidence on this end of the floor, in the meantime, in which to move forward.
Betting trends for Iowa Hawkeyes:
- The Hawkeyes are 5-1 against the spread in last 6 games
- The under is 6 – 4 in Hawkeyes last 10 games
Betting trends for Minnesota Golden Gophers:
- The Golden Gophers a 3-7 against the spread in last 10 games
- The under is 6 – 4 in Golden Gophers last 10 games