Northwestern vs. Iowa - 1/14/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northwestern vs. Iowa - 1/14/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa Hawkeyes (11-5) at Northwestern Wildcats (6-9)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +6 -- Over/Under: 143

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The Iowa Hawkeyes and Northwestern Wildcats meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.

The Iowa Hawkeyes look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Iowa Hawkeyes are averaging 79.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 69.4 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Luka Garza is averaging 22 points and 10.8 rebounds while Joe Wieskamp is averaging 14.8 points and 6.2 rebounds. CJ Fredrick is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Bohannon is dishing 3.3 assists. The Iowa Hawkeyes are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. The Iowa Hawkeyes are allowing 30.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.1 rebounds per game. The Iowa Hawkeyes have split their first four road games.

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The Northwestern Wildcats need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 66.8 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 65.7 points on 41 percent shooting. Miller Kopp is averaging 12.8 points and 3.7 rebounds while Boo Buie is averaging 10.8 points and 1.8 rebounds. Pat Spencer is the third double-digit scorer and Ryan Young is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats are shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Northwestern Wildcats are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game. The Northwestern Wildcats have split their last six home games.

The Hawkeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite, 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 road games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wildcats are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games as a home underdog, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 8-19-1 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The under is 6-1 in Hawkeyes last 7 overall. The under is 13-6-1 in Wildcats last 20 home games. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are playing their most balanced ball during this stretch where the offensive production has picked up and nothing comes easy defensively. Iowa is also 10-6 ATS on the season, so these outright wins are also putting money in the pocket. The Northwestern Wildcats are a poor basketball team that struggles no matter where they play, and they've also failed to cover six of their last eight home games. I want nothing to do with Northwestern in its current form. I'll lay the chalk with the Iowa Hawkeyes. 

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Randy’s Pick Iowa Hawkeyes -6

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