Big 10 foes will collide when the Northwestern Wildcats (6-9, 1-4 Big 10) go head-to-head with the Iowa Hawkeyes (11-5, 2-3 Big 10) at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Action starts at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats ATS Preview
In the Hawkeyes’ last outing, they had no trouble getting past the No. 12 Maryland Terrapins, 67-49. Joe Wieskamp was the game’s leading scorer with 26 points on 9-for-16 shooting. Iowa dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an absurd 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 put up marks of 23.7 and 0.365, respectively.
The Wildcats will look to maintain momentum after topping the Nebraska Cornhuskers in their last matchup, 62-57. Robbie Beran played a key role for Northwestern with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Wildcats held the Cornhuskers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.381 (below their season average of 0.494) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.1 (below the 27.9 mark opponents have averaged against Northwestern this season).
Iowa could 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).
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Hawkeyes, it’s been Wieskamp, who has averaged 18 points,6.8 rebounds, while the Wildcats have gotten solid contributions from Miller Kopp (16 points).
This is the first time these teams will clash this year, after the Hawkeyes won both games last season. In the most recent matchup, Iowa won 80-79. One of Iowa’s biggest advantages was getting to the free throw line. They made 25 trips to the line, while Northwestern went 18 times.
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats Odds Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Iowa, ATS Winner – Northwestern, O/U – Under
Iowa averages 17.8 assists per game, which ranks sixth in the nation. 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 ranks 94th in three pointers attempted per game (23.4) while Northwestern ranks 178th in three pointers allowed per game (22.9).
The Wildcats have been outscored by an average of 2.8 points in their last five games. On the season, Northwestern has defeated opponents by an average of 1.1 points.
During their last five games, the Hawkeyes have scored an average of 78.6 points per game (1.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.0 points per game (2.4 below their season average).