Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Iowa Hawkeyes face off on Tuesday at Williams Arena in Big Ten college basketball. The Hawkeyes are -3 point favorites over the Golden Gophers with an over/under point total set at 145.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost three of their last four games as they have watched any NCAA Tournament hopes they had slip away from them. Minnesota is 6-9 in the Big Ten, 13-3 at home this season, and 2-6 against teams ranked in the top 25. Andre Hollins is averaging 14.8 points per game to lead the Gophers. Deandre Mathieu is averaging 11.6 points, Austin Hollins is averaging 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds, and Malik Smith is averaging 9.1 points. Minnesota is averaging 71.4 points and they are shooting 44.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.2 points and their opponents are shooting 42.1 percent. Minnesota is 4-3 in Big Ten home games.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have a busy week ahead with their makeup game against Indiana on Thursday and they look to bounce back from their home loss on Saturday to Wisconsin. Iowa is 8-5 in the Big Ten and 7-4 away from home this season. Roy Devyn Marble is averaging 16.6 points to lead the Hawkeyes. Aaron White is averaging 12.9 points and 6.6 rebounds, Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 8.2 points and 5.0 rebounds, and Mike Gessell is averaging 7.9 points. Iowa is averaging 83.3 points and they are shooting 47 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.7 points and their opponents are shooting 39.1 percent. All of Iowa’s losses have come against teams ranked in the top 25.
Minnesota is 5-1 against the spread following a game that they score less than 50 points and 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six Tuesday games. Iowa is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight road games, 4-0 against the spread following a loss, and 14-5 against the spread against the Big Ten. Iowa has covered the point spread in the last five meetings of these two.
I like Iowa in this one to squeeze out the victory and to cover late.
Iowa Hawkeyes -3 Minnesota Golden Gophers