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Iowa vs. Michigan - 2/1/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan at Iowa
Date & Time Friday February 1, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Iowa City, Iowa
The Line
Iowa Hawkeyes +3 O/U: 143.5
TV Channel
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The Michigan Wolverines and the Iowa Hawkeyes will meet up on the college basketball court Friday.

Michigan enters this one with a 20-1 mark on the year. Since falling to Wisconsin back on January 19, the Wolverines have taken out Minnesota, Indiana and Ohio State in succession during their last three.

In the win over the Buckeyes, Michigan’s lead scorer was Jordan Poole on 15 points. Ignas Brazdeikis added 14 points for the Wolverines there and Zavier Simpson bagged a triple-double on 11 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

Over on the Iowa side, they’re 16-5 this season. Following a five-game win streak over Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Illinois, the Hawkeyes have lost their last two outings versus Michigan State and Minnesota.

In the loss to the Gophers, Iowa’s Luka Garza led the team with 25 points, three rebounds and one assist. Isaiah Moss added 23 points with six rebounds for the Hawkeyes in that one, and Tyler Cook had 18 points with nine rebounds.

The Wolverines are 6-1 ATS in their last seven after a straight-up win and 4-1 ATS in their last five after an ATS win. Michigan is 6-2 ATS in their last eight overall and 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 road games.

Meanwhile, the Hawkeyes are 5-2 ATS in the last seven overall and 5-2 ATS in the last seven versus the Big Ten. The over is 5-1 in Iowa’s last six following an ATS loss and the under is 5-2 in their last seven home games.

Michigan had a close call against Minnesota, but since then they’ve dispatched the Hoosiers and Buckeyes with relative ease and have gotten back to that plodding, defense-heavy style that makes the team successful.

Iowa couldn’t make much headway versus the Spartans, but aside from that they’ve been quite competitive in most of their games lately. The Hawkeyes can score when they’re so motivated, and aside from games against the Spartans, they’ve routinely been hitting the 70-point mark and beyond since early December.

Given the home lift and the potential here, I’m going to take the Hawkeyes on the cover in this one.

Iowa Hawkeyes +3

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