Iowa vs. Northwestern - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northwestern Wildcats (15-15) at Iowa Hawkeyes (19-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Northwestern Wildcats and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Saturday at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Northwestern Wildcats look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. On the season, Northwestern is averaging 64.1 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 64.2 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Tre Demps is averaging 12.7 points and 2.7 assists while Alex Olah is averaging 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds. Bryant McIntosh is the third double-digit scorer and Vic Law is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats have four players averaging at least 7.1 points, and they’re shooting 72.9 percent from the line and 35.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in five of its last eight games.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes look to extend their five-game winning streak. On the season, Iowa is averaging 69.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting and is allowing 62 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Aaron White is averaging 15.6 points and 7.3 rebounds while Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 12 points and 6.2 rebounds. Gabriel Olaseni is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Mike Gesell is dishing 3.7 assists. The Iowa Hawkeyes have five players averaging at least 7.3 points, and they’re shooting 74.4 percent from the line and 33.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 31.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 66 or less points in eight of its last 10 games.
The Wildcats are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 home games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wildcats are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Iowa may be playing its best ball of the season right now but has been horrible all year ATS on its home court. Meanwhile, Northwestern has been killing it against the number and is winning games outright consistently. Give me the points.