Northwestern vs. Iowa - 2/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa Hawkeyes (15-9) at Northwestern Wildcats (10-14)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Iowa Hawkeyes and Northwestern Wildcats play Sunday at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The Iowa Hawkeyes need a win here after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, Iowa is averaging 68.8 points on 43.4 percent shooting and is allowing 62.6 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Aaron White is averaging 15 points and 6.7 rebounds while Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. Gabriel Olaseni is grabbing five rebounds and Mike Gesell is dishing 3.8 assists. The Iowa Hawkeyes have six players averaging at least 7.1 points, and they’re shooting 74.2 percent from the line and 32.2 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in three straight games.
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The Northwestern Wildcats are playing spoiler after losing their last 10 games. On the season, Northwestern is averaging 63 points on 43.3 percent shooting and is allowing 63.8 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Tre Demps is averaging 12 points and 3.2 rebounds while Bryant McIntosh is averaging 11.9 points and 4.3 assists. Alex Olah is the third double-digit scorer and Vic Law is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats have four players averaging at least 6.5 points, and they’re shooting 73 percent from the line and 34.1 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or less points in four of its last five games.
The Hawkeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 9-19 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The Hawkeyes are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Northwestern.
Iowa needs a win if it hopes to finish the season strong and make a possible push for a tournament bid. Northwestern threw in the towel a long time ago. Look for the Hawkeyes to cover the reasonable number on the road.