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Minnesota vs. Iowa - 1/27/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iowa at Minnesota
Date & Time Sunday January 27, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Williams Arena
Minneapolis, MN
The Line
Minnesota Golden Gophers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 154
TV Channel
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Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Minnesota Golden Gophers meet in a Big Ten conference college basketball matchup from the Williams Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The Iowa Hawkeyes will look to rebound after an 82-67 loss at home to Michigan State in their last outing. Luka Garza led the Hawkeyes with 20 points on 8 of 14 shooting while Tyler Cook added 17 points along with a team-high 6 rebounds and Nicholas Baer added 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Iowa in the loss. Connor McCaffery also added a team-high 5 assists as well in the losing effort for the Hawkeyes. Cook leads Iowa with an average of 16.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while McCaffery leads the Hawkeyes in assists with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Iowa is averaging 82 points per game on 47.3% shooting from the field, 36.5% from behind the arc and 76% from the foul line this season.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to find some measure of consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 6 games after a 59-57 loss to Michigan in their last outing. Daniel Murphy led the Golden Gophers with 15 points on 5 of 10 shooting with 11 rebounds for the double-double while Amir Coffey and Gabe Kalscheur each had 11 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Minnesota in the losing effort with Coffey grabbing 5 rebounds while Kalscheur chipped in 3 threes. Dupree McBrayer added 9 points and a team-high 4 assists while Eric Curry had 5 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists as well in the defeat. Coffey leads Minnesota in scoring with 15.4 points per game while Murphy leads the Golden Gophers in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 14.6 points to go along with his team-leading 12.1 rebounds per game. Isaiah Washington leads Minnesota in assists with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Minnesota is averaging 73.4 points per game on 43.9% shooting from the field, 31.6% from behind the arc and 67.3% from the foul line this season.

Iowa is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 road games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Minnesota is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 Sunday games. Iowa is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Iowa hasn’t had a ton of success in this matchup, and Minnesota has been rock solid at home, going 12-1 SU this season. However, Minnesota hasn’t been very reliable ATS at home, and you have to imagine that Iowa will be eager to get the bad taste out of their mouth after the way the Michigan State game went down in the 2nd half. Iowa isn’t a team that beats themselves often and has a good chance to pick up a key road win so I’ll take a shot with the free point and the Hawkeyes here.

Iowa +1.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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