The Big Ten Tourney meeting between the Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-16, 9-12 Big 10) and the No. 25 Iowa Hawkeyes (20-11, 11-9 Big 10) will take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes ATS Preview
The last time the Golden Gophers played, they beat the Northwestern Wildcats, 74-57. Daniel Oturu was the top scorer from either team with 24 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Minnesota played a flawless game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 32.5 (above their season average of 31.3) and a turnover percentage of 6.6 (better than their season average of 14.6). For those same stats, Northwestern was 15.2 and 13.1, respectively.
The Hawkeyes are trying to rebound after their 78-76 loss to the No. 23 Illinois Fighting Illini in their last matchup. Luka Garza was the top scorer from either team with 28 points on 12-for-21 shooting. Illinois had a turnover percentage of 6.8 (better than their season average of 15.4). Iowa, meanwhile, did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (15-15; 100.0 percent).
The prolific offense of Iowa will battle against the mid-tier defense of Minnesota. The Hawkeyes currently rank 23rd in offensive efficiency, while the Golden Gophers are 135th in defensive efficiency. The Hawkeyes figure to have the advantage on that side of the ball. Moreover, the Golden Gophers rank 46th in turnover percentage (16.8 percent), while the Hawkeyes rank 265th in opponents’ turnover percentage (17.8 percent).
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Iowa, ATS Winner – Iowa, O/U – Under
The Golden Gophers rank 26th in blocks per game (4.6) while the Hawkeyes rank 156th in blocks allowed per game (3.7).
Iowa ranks 153rd in steals per game (6.1) while Minnesota ranks 244th (4.7).
Minnesota ranks 29th in assists per game (15.1) while Iowa ranks 261st in assists allowed per game (15.4).
The Golden Gophers rank 38th in three pointers allowed per game (18.6) while the Hawkeyes rank 262nd (24.5).
Minnesota ranks 27th in rebounds per game (39.3) while Iowa ranks 176th in rebounds allowed per game (35.5).
The Hawkeyes have been outscored by an average of 0.2 points in their last five games. For the season, Iowa has defeated opponents by an average of 5.5 points.
During their last five games, the Golden Gophers have scored an average of 78.0 points per game (6.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 69.8 points per game (3.5 above their season average).