Michigan vs. Iowa - 3/15/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa at Michigan
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 8:30 PM (United Center)
Michigan Wolverines -8 -- O/U: 142
The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Michigan Wolverines meet in a Big Ten tournament quarterfinal matchup in college basketball action from the United Center on Friday night.
The Iowa Hawkeyes will look to build on an 83-62 win over Illinois in their second round matchup on Thursday night. Nicholas Baer led the Hawkeyes with 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 5 threes while Joe Wieskamp added 13 points with a team-high 7 rebounds. Tyler Cook had 12 points with 6 assists and a pair of blocks while Ryan Kriener chipped in 11 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Iowa in the win. Jordan Bohannon added 8 points with 5 assists while Connor McCaffery had 3 points and a team-high 8 assists. Cook leads Iowa in scoring and rebounding with 15 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while Bohannon leads the Hawkeyes in assists with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Iowa is averaging 79 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field, 36.3% from behind the arc and 74.4% from the foul line this season.
The Michigan Wolverines come into the 2019 Big Ten tournament as the two-time defending champion and the #3 seed, finishing the year with an overall record of 26-5, including a 15-5 mark in conference play. The Wolverines made it through the non-conference portion of their schedule unscathed, with quality wins over Villanova, Providence and North Carolina. The Wolverines also started conference play 6-0 and 9-1 before finishing the year with wins in 6 of their last 9 to finish in the top 4 and clinch one of the all-important double byes to the quarterfinal. Ignas Brazdeikis led the Wolverines in scoring with 15 points per game while Jordan Poole came 2nd in scoring with 13 points per game and Charles Matthews came right behind in 3rd with 12.8 points per game. Jon Teske added 9.7 points while leading Michigan on the glass with 6.7 rebounds per game and Zavier Simpson had a team-high 6.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Michigan is averaging 70.4 points per game on 44.9% shooting from the field, 35.1% from behind the 3-point line and 69.4% from the foul line this season. The Wolverines are also one of the nation’s best defensive units, sitting 3rd in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 58.8 points per game this season.
Iowa is 9-0 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Michigan is 37-16-1 ATS in their last 54 conference games and 22-9-1 ATS in their last 32 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Iowa is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
Iowa has had a lot of success on a neutral floor and in this matchup, but that doesn't change the fact that the Hawkeyes have been brutal ATS for the last few weeks and beating up on Illinois doesn't move the needle for me about Iowa's chances here. Michigan is rested and is one of the better defensive teams in the country and l'm not sure that's the kind of team that you want to play on a back-to-back. I think the Wolverines win this game by double-digits, so I'll lay the points with Michigan here.