Iowa Hawkeyes (3-0) at Connecticut Huskies (3-0)
|Date & Time||Friday November 16, 2018, 6:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Connecticut Huskies +4.5 -- Over/Under: 156
The UCONN Huskies and the Iowa Hawkeyes meet in the championship of the 2K classic from Madison Square Garden on Friday.
The UCONN Huskies punched their ticket to the finals thanks to an 83-76 upset win over Syracuse in their last outing. Jalen Adams and Alterique Gilbert each had 16 points, with Adams pulling down 8 rebounds while Gilbert had 4 triples, 6 rebounds and a team-high 8 assists. Tarin Smith added 14 points and Eric Cobb matched his 13 points with a game-high 13 rebounds while Christian Vital chipped in 11 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Huskies in the winning effort. Tyler Polley chipped in 9 points and 3 blocks as well in the victory. Heading into action on Thursday, Adams led the Huskies with 17.3 points per game while Vital led UCONN with 6.3 rebounds and Gilbert led the Huskies with 5.3 assists per game this season. As a team heading into Thursday’s matchup. UCONN was averaging 85.7 points per game on 50.5% shooting from the field, 44.9% from behind the arc and 65.5% from the foul line.
The Iowa Hawkeyes advanced to the finals by virtue of a 77-69 win over Oregon in the semifinals. Jordan Bohannon led the Hawkeyes with 16 points while Luka Garza chipped in 12 points and Ryan Kriener added 11 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Hawkeyes in the win. Tyler Cook fell just one point shy of a double-double with 9 points to go along with his 10 rebounds in the winning effort. Heading into Thursday’s action, Cook led Iowa with 14.5 points and 7 rebounds per game while Bohannon led the Hawkeyes with 3 assists per game. As a team, heading into Thursday’s matchup. Iowa was averaging 85 points per game on 48% shooting from the field, 27.9% from behind the 3-point line and 74.7% from the foul line.
UCONN is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win. Iowa is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games while the over is 18-7-1 in their last 26 games overall.
Iowa has been the better team between these two on a neutral floor. However, something about this game just screams that this will be a tight game down the stretch. I think both teams will have their share of swings in the game, but this is a game that should come down to the last couple of possessions so I'll take UCONN and the points here.