The No. 19 Illinois Fighting Illini (16-5, 8-2 Big 10) put their seven-game winning streak on the line when they clash with the No. 18 Iowa Hawkeyes (15-6, 6-4 Big 10) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 2, 2020.
Illinois Fighting Illini at Iowa Hawkeyes Odds Preview
In the Fighting Illini’s last contest, they defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 59-51. With 13 points and 10 rebounds, Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn played well. Illinois played a flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.7 (below their season average of 37.2) and a turnover percentage of 10.3 (better than their season average of 16.2). For those same stats, Minnesota was 20.0 and 15.5, respectively.
The Hawkeyes are trying to rebound after their 82-72 loss to the No. 15 Maryland Terrapins in their last matchup. Luka Garza led Iowa in scoring with 21 points on 9-for-19 shooting. Maryland did a great job of making free throws (23-26; 88.5 percent). Iowa, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 9.5 (better than their season average of 14.7).
The game should be a matchup of strength against strength as the prolific offense of Iowa (14th in the country with an offensive efficiency of 112.1) takes on the stingy defense of Illinois (49th in the country with a defensive efficiency of 93.0).
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year. The Hawkeyes won both games played against each other last season. In the last contest, Iowa won 83-62. The Hawkeyes played a flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.150 and a turnover percentage of 11.0. The Fighting Illini put up marks of 0.040 and 22.5, respectively, for those same stats.
Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Iowa, ATS Winner – Iowa, O/U – Over
The Hawkeyes rank 131st in steals per game (6.3) while the Fighting Illini rank 226th (4.6).
Illinois ranks 124th in blocked shots (3.1 per game) while Iowa ranks 142nd in blocks allowed per game (3.9).
Illinois ranks 32nd in assists allowed per game (10.4) while Iowa ranks 205th (14.2).
The Hawkeyes rank 114th in three pointers attempted per game (23.0) while the Fighting Illini rank 267th (17.4).
Illinois averages 40.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 18th in the nation. Iowa ranks 122nd in rebounds allowed per game (34.6).
The Hawkeyes’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.2, down from 8.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Fighting Illini have scored an average of 66.2 points per game (8.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 59.4 points per game (4.5 below their season average).