Minnesota vs. Iowa - 1/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa Hawkeyes (11-5) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Williams Arena)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Golden Gophers play Tuesday night at the Williams Arena.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have split their last six games and play their third true road game. On the season, Iowa is averaging 70.1 points on 41 percent shooting and is allowing 60.2 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Aaron White is averaging 15.9 points and 7.2 rebounds while Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 11.4 points and 6.9 rebounds. Gabriel Olaseni is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Mike Gesell is dishing 3.9 assists. The Iowa Hawkeyes are a defensive minded team that’s allowing 31.3 percent shooting from downtown and has allowed 65 or less points in nine of their last 12 games. Offensively, Iowa is shooting 76.7 percent from the free throw line and 30.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Iowa Hawkeyes are 2-0 SU on the road this season.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost four straight and are still looking for their first conference win. On the season, Minnesota is averaging 78.5 points on 47.7 percent shooting and is allowing 65.5 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Carlos Morris is averaging 12.9 points and 2.4 assists while Andre Hollins is averaging 12.8 points and 3.9 rebounds. Maurice Walker is the third player averaging double-digit points and Nate Mason is shooting 44.7 percent from the field. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have become an offensive team that has six players averaging at least nine points while they’re shooting 64.2 percent from the line and 39.7 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in five of its last six games.
The Hawkeyes are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. Big Ten and 5-15 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 home games. The Hawkeyes are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
While Iowa has been a surprise this year and is more than capable of winning this game, Minnesota needs this win in order to save its season. Also, it's tough to win in the barn, which is why I'm taking the home team and the small number.