Minnesota at Iowa - 2/6/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Minnesota at Iowa - 2/6/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa Hawkeyes (14-7) vs Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-8)

Game Info: Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 4:31 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers will travel to play the Iowa Hawkeyes in a Big Ten battle on Sunday.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 11-8 (2-8) this season and have lost three games in a row. Minnesota is coming off of a loss against Purdue by a score of 88-73. Minnesota allowed their opponent to shoot 55.6% from the field and allowed 12 made three pointers in the loss. Payton Willis led the Golden Gophers with 24 points and 10 assists in the game. Minnesota is averaging 68.9 points per game and is giving up 67.8 points per game against, while also averaging 31.2 rebounds per game and 12.5 assists per game. Jamison Battle is averaging 17.8 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game, while Payton Willis is averaging 16.7 points per game and 4.3 assists per game for the Golden Gophers. Minnesota is shooting 45.6% on field goals, 70.7% on free throws, and 36.2% on three pointers.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are 14-7 (4-6) this season and have lost three of their last four games. Iowa lost to Penn State by a score of 90-86 (double overtime) in their last game. Iowa only shot 35.1% from the field and was -10 in rebounding margin in the game. Keegan Murray led the Hawkeyes with 21 points and 6 rebounds in the loss. Iowa is averaging 82.8 points per game and is giving up 71 points per game against, while also averaging 37 rebounds per game and 16.2 assists per game. Keegan Murray is averaging 22.3 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game, while Patrick McCaffery is averaging 11.1 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game for the Hawkeyes. Iowa is shooting 45.4% on field goals, 76.9% on free throws, and 33.7% on three pointers.

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Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The over is 6-1 in Minnesota’s last 7 games. Iowa is 11-3 ATS in their last 14 Sunday games and 33-16-3 ATS in their last 52 home games. The over is 19-7-1 ATS in Iowa’s last 27 games. The home team is 7-2 ATS in these two teams last 9 head to head meetings.

Iowa typically doesn’t have any issues scoring the basketball, but does struggle to get stops on defense. Minnesota is better on the defensive end, but Iowa has the rebounding edge. Iowa defeated Minnesota 81-71 in their first meeting. Both of these teams have struggled in recent games, but Iowa has more talent and the home court advantage, so I am taking the Hawkeyes in this game.

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