Michigan vs. Iowa Pick
Can Michigan go on the road and pick up a win over Iowa in Big Ten play tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Michigan is favored on the road, as the Wolverines are getting odds of -2.5 points against Iowa. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 141 points. Today’s game takes place from Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa and will air live on ESPN2.
Michigan comes into tonight’s contest on a five-game winning streak, including a win at Texas and a win over UCLA. The Wolverines are 12-3 overall, 1-1 in the Big Ten and 8-6 against the spread. Michigan has covered in four of its last five games. Michigan is putting up 75.1 points per game while allowing 60.4 per contest. The Wolverines are being led by Charles Matthews, who is averaging 16.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while Moritz Wagner is adding 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest.
Iowa is also on a five-game win streak coming into tonight’s game, beating Colorado during the streak. Iowa is now 9-6 overall, 0-2 in the Big Ten and 5-4-2 against the spread. Iowa has covered in its last four games. The Hawkeyes are averaging 82.1 points per game on offense this year while allowing 72.8 per game on defense. Tyler Cook is putting up 13.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game to lead Iowa while Jordan Bohannon is adding 11.6 points and 4.8 assists per contest.
Iowa has won five straight meetings with Michigan, covering the spread in all five meetings. The Hawkeyes have also won and covered in three straight meetings at Iowa. Michigan has done some good things recently, but their numbers on the road are a concern. They struggle offensively. Iowa has a very good offense at home, averaging 89.4 points per contest. The public betting is siding heavily with Michigan, but I think Iowa covers.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: IOWA +2.5