The No. 23 Illinois Fighting Illini (20-10, 12-7 Big 10) and No. 18 Iowa Hawkeyes (20-10, 11-8 Big 10) will square off at State Farm Center to bring the regular season to a conclusion. Illinois opened as a 3-point favorite, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 146 points. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 8, 2020.
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Free Preview
In the Hawkeyes’ last outing, they fell to the Purdue Boilermakers, 77-68. With 26 points on 9-for-17 shooting, Luka Garza was the game’s leading scorer. Purdue had an offensive rebounding percentage of 47.7 (above their season average of 34.9). Iowa, on the other hand, did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (18-22; 81.8 percent).
The Fighting Illini are hoping for a better outcome after their 71-63 loss to the No. 19 Ohio State Buckeyes in their last contest. Ayo Dosunmu was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Ohio State did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (24-28; 85.7 percent). Illinois, on the other hand, held the Buckeyes to an effective field goal percentage of 0.412 (below their season average of 0.528).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Hawkeyes won 72-65. Iowa’s free throw rate was their largest strength over Illinois. The Hawkeyes had a rate of 0.240, while the Fighting Illini posted a mark of 0.155. Garza put up a double-double in the victory with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Illinois could own the offensive glass in this contest. The Fighting Illini currently rank ninth in offensive rebounding percentage (35.9 percent), while Iowa ranks 262nd in defensive rebounding percentage (70.4 percent).
Iowa at Illinois Odds Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Iowa, ATS Winner – Iowa, O/U – Under
The Hawkeyes rank 136th in steals per game (6.3) while the Fighting Illini rank 241st (4.8).
Iowa ranks 63rd in blocked shots (3.9 per game) while Illinois ranks 107th in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
Illinois ranks 50th in assists allowed per game (11.1) while Iowa ranks 248th (15.3).
The Fighting Illini rank 66th in three pointers allowed per game (19.4) while the Hawkeyes rank 248th (24.5).
Illinois ranks 21st in rebounds per game (39.8) while Iowa ranks 180th in rebounds allowed per game (35.6).
The Fighting Illini’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.8, down from 7.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Hawkeyes have scored an average of 71.6 points per game (6.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.8 points per game (1.3 below their season average).