Minnesota vs. Iowa Prediction
Will No. 25 Iowa be able to get through to the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals when they collide with Minnesota in the second round today at 2:25PM ET?
711 Minnesota vs. 712 Iowa
Thursday, March 12, 2020
2:30PM ET – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
TV – Big Ten Network
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Iowa is the slight favorite in this game, as the Hawkeyes are getting odds of -1.5 points against Minnesota. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 149 points. The public betting for this game is currently has 86 percent going on Iowa as the favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Minnesota tops Northwestern
Minnesota is the No. 13 seed in the Big Ten Tournament after going 8-12 in the Big Ten this season. The Golden Gophers grabbed a 74-57 win over Northwestern on Wednesday to advance to today’s game. Minnesota is 15-16 on the season, 2-1 on a neutral floor, 17-13-1 against the spread and 17-14 with the under.
The Gophers are putting up 71 points per game this season while shooting 42.6 percent from the field. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 66.6 points per game while opponents shoot 40.8 percent against them. Daniel Oturu has been leading the team with 20.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Marcus Carr is adding 15.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists per contest.
Iowa on a slide
Iowa is the No. 5 seed in this tournament after going 11-9 in the Big Ten this season. The Hawkeyes have lost three of their last four games coming into today’s game. Iowa is now 20-11 on the season, 2-2 on a neutral floor, 19-9-3 against the spread and 17-14 with the under.
The Hawkeyes are putting up 77.7 points per game on offense this season while shooting 45.1 percent from the floor. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 72.3 points per game while opponents shoot 43 percent against them. Iowa is led by Luka Garza, who is averaging 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Joe Wieskamp is adding 14.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Golden Gophers are 6-2 against the spread in their last eight Thursday games, but just 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games as an underdog.
The Hawkeyes are 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games as a favorite on a neutral field and 13-2-1 ATS in their last 16 on a neutral field overall.
Iowa won both meetings with Minnesota this season, covering the spread in each game. Minnesota may be a double-digit seed, but they were just three games back of Iowa in the standings. The Hawkeyes have been streaky like a lot of teams around the country, but they have the best player on the floor and that goes a long way in March. Garza is someone that can take over a game and I don’t see the Gophers having an answer for him.
ACC Tournament Prediction: Iowa -1.5