Iowa at Nebraska
|Date & Time||Sunday March 10, 2019, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
Pinnacle Bank Arena
Nebraska Cornhuskers -2 -- Over/Under: 149
The Iowa Hawkeyes will travel to Pinnacle Bank Arena to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Iowa Hawkeyes lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 21-9 (10-9 Big Ten) on the season after being defeated by the 21st ranked Wisconsin Badgers, 65-45, this past Thursday. Iowa couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end against the Badgers defense and allowed Wisconsin to pull away in the 2nd half after the Badgers took a 48-28 lead with 11:49 left in regulation. Iowa shot just 30.5% from the field and 22.7% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hawkeyes was Jordan Bohannon who had 8 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists.
On the season, Iowa is averaging 78.6 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Hawkeyes are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iowa has been led by Tyler Cook (15.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.3 apg), Luka Garza (12.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg), Jordan Bohannon (11.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.3 apg), and Joe Wieskamp (10.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.0 apg).
Defensively, Iowa is allowing their opponents to average 73.4 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Hawkeyes have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers lost their 4th consecutive game and dropped to 15-15 (5-14 Big Ten) on the season after being defeated by the 9th ranked Michigan State Spartans, 91-76, this past Tuesday. Nebraska had no answers for the Spartans on either end of the court in the first half and couldn’t fight back after the Cornhuskers went into halftime trailing by a 47-29 margin. Nebraska allowed Michigan State to shoot 53.3% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Cornhuskers was James Palmer Jr. who had 30 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals.
On the season, Nebraska is averaging 71.4 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Cornhuskers are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Nebraska has been led by James Palmer Jr. (18.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.4 spg), Isaac Copeland Jr. (14.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Glynn Watson Jr. (12.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.1 spg), and Isaiah Roby (11.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.7 bpg).
Defensively, Nebraska is holding their opponents to an average of 65.9 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Cornhuskers have a rebound margin of -2.5 and a turnover margin of 3.3.
The Hawkeyes are 10-29-1 ATS in their last 40 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Cornhuskers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games , however, are just 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
Iowa has lost 4 of their last 5 games and although the offense has been decent this season as the Hawkeyes as they rank T-47th in scoring offense & 91st in 3P-FG%, the Hawks have struggled defensively as they rank just 233rd in scoring defense & 215th in defensive FG%.
Nebraska has lost 11 of their last 13 games and come into this game ranked 214th in scoring offense, 46th in scoring defense, and 61st in defensive FG%.
Nebraska has really struggled in Big-10 play after a solid start to their season which included wins against Seton Hall, Clemson, & Creighton, however, the Hawkeyes have also struggled recently and have lost their last two away games (Ohio State & Wisconsin) by 20-points each. Iowa’s offense hasn’t been able to put up points lately as they’re averaging just 62.3 ppg during their 3-game losing streak and as I think the Nebraska offense will be able to have success at home agianst the Iowa defense, I’m taking Nebraska to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!