Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/19/14
Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-4) at Iowa Hawkeyes (14-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Minnesota Golden Gophers face off on Sunday in Big Ten college basketball.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are ranked 14th in the nation and have had a week off since their 10-point win in Columbus over Ohio State. Iowa is 3-1 in the Big 10 and 10-0 at home this season playing the 81st ranked schedule in the country. Roy Devyn Marble leads the Hawkeyes averaging 16.4 points per game. Aaron White is averaging 13.8 points and 6.6 rebounds, Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds, and Melsahan Basabe is averaging 7.8 points and 6.8 rebounds. Iowa is averaging 86.4 points and they are shooting 47.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 66.2 points and their opponents are shooting 36.8 percent. Iowa is looking like they can at the very least hold their own against any team in the nation.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won three of their last four games and they are 3-2 thus far in Big Ten play. Minnesota is 3-3 away from home and they have played the 23rd ranked schedule in the country. Andre Hollins is averaging 15.9 points to lead the Golden Gophers. Austin Hollins is averaging 11.8 points and 6.6 rebounds, Deandre Mathieu is averaging 11.5 points, and Mallik Smith is averaging 9.9 points. Minnesota is averaging 75.2 points and their opponents are shooting 43.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.3 points and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. Minnesota is tied for fourth place in the Big Ten.
Iowa is 16-5 against the spread against the Big Ten, 25-7 against the spread following a win, and 37-15 against the spread in their last 52 home games. Minnesota is 3-8-1 against the spread in their last 12 games, 3-10 against the spread in their last 13 road games, and 1-4-1 against the spread following a win. Iowa has covered the pint spread in the last four meetings of these two.
This number looks to be a bit on the high side and I am going to take the points with the Gophers.
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