The Hawkeyes drilled Michigan State Thursday night and walked away with a loss. How does this happen? It’s college basketball, anything can happen, don’t forget it! As fans, and better yet, teams, prepare for March Madness, they had better start preparing for their own conferences tournament first.
This is the only way in for many.
The Big 10 is stacked with talent and they can’t all make it in the door of the “big dance”. They can however get in with an automatic bid by winning their conference. Now is the time for teams to focus and for teams to get better. Every bucket counts. Iowa lost one to the Spartans on Thursday but what they do today is even more important. They must beat an unranked Minnesota or they are not a legitimate contender.
Game: Iowa Hawkeyes (16-4, 10-10-0 ATS) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-5, 8-11-0 ATS)
When: 5:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 27th, 2019
Where: Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Current Line: Minnesota -1 Total: 151.5
TV Coverage: FS1
Iowa comes into this game on a scoring tear with 82 points per game and allowing 72.7 per game. They are shooting 47.3% from the field, grabbing 36.1 rebounds and dishing out 16.6 assists per game. Their impact player, Tyler Cook, junior forward 6-9 from St. Louis, Mo. He is having a great year with 16.6 points per game along with 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
He is a big body up front at 250 lbs. The Hawkeyes must stop playing finesse and start banging people. Use their size and their depth or they could become irrelevant quickly.
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Minnesota comes into this game scoring nine points less than Iowa with 73.4 per game. They are allowing 69 points, which is 4 less than the Hawkeyes.
Take four from nine, you have five, throw in three points for the home-court advantage, you have 2 points. The Hawkeyes should be a 2-point favorite in this game but they are not. They are a 1-point underdog. This is betting value. It does not work 100% of the time but more often than not, it’s a proven betting method. We are going with the better team and saying the Hawkeyes find a way.
NCAAM Free Pick: Iowa +1
Free pick by Brad