Iowa at Minnesota College Basketball Picks & Predictions 2/21/2018
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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The Iowa Hawkeyes travel to Williams Arena to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. The opening line for this game has Minnesota as 2.5 point favorites.
Iowa heads into this matchup with a mark of 12-17. They currently have a point differential of 0.9 as they are averaging 79.4 points per contest while giving up 78.5 per game. Minnesota has an overall record of 14-15. They are averaging 76.0 points per game and surrendering 74.9, good for a point differential of 1.2.
Valuable Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Trends
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 9-14 against the spread this season
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 16-9 against the over/under this year
Important Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Trends
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 10-18 against the spread this season
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 14-14 against the over/under this year
Key Iowa Hawkeyes Injuries
12/28/17 G Connor McCaffery Mouth is out indefinitely
Key Minnesota Golden Gophers Injuries
02/20/18 G Nate Mason Ankle is probable Wednesday vs Iowa
02/17/18 G Amir Coffey Shoulder is out for season
01/30/18 F Eric Curry ACL is out indefinitely
01/04/18 C Reggie Lynch Suspension is out for season
Tyler Cook averages 15.7 points per game while playing 27.5 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 6.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 53% while his free throw percentage is at 67%. Jordan Bohannon averages 13.2 points per game in 31.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.3 assists per contest and 2.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 90%.
Jordan Murphy averages 17.3 points per game while playing 31.6 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 11.4 rebounds per game and has 1.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 53% and his free throw percentage is at 71%. Nate Mason averages 16.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.8 rebounds per contest and 4.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage is 77%.
Useful Team Statistics
Iowa averages 79.4 points per contest this season, which ranks them 58th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 0.9 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team, which has them ranked 39th. Behind the arc they shoot 38%, which is good for 61st in the country. They average 37.6 rebounds per game and 18.3 assists per game, which ranks them 80th and 5th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 151st with 13.4 per game. The Hawkeyes allow 78.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 315th in Division 1. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 288th and 304th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 33.3 rebounds a game which ranks 98th and they give up 16.2 assists per contest, which puts them in 332nd place in college basketball. They force 11.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 40th in the nation.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota is 115th in the country with 76.0 points per game this year. They are 245th in D-1 in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is 1.2. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 180th in college basketball. They are 35th in the nation in rebounding with 38.8 boards per game, and 87th in assists per contest with 15.1. The Golden Gophers are 327th in turnovers per game with 11.1. The Golden Gophers surrender 74.9 points per contest, which ranks them 242nd in the country. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 158th and 308th in those defensive statistics. They rank 321st with 15.9 assists allowed per contest and 306th with 37.9 rebounds surrendered per game. The Golden Gophers are 49th in Division 1 in forcing turnovers with 11.5 per game this season.
The Hawkeyes are 58th in the nation in offensive rating with 111, and their defensive rating of 109.7 is ranked 313th. In terms of pace they are 102nd in the country with 71.2 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 54th. As a team they are 68th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shots, ranking 264th in Division 1. Iowa is 180th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 290th in the nation.
Minnesota is 336th in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%, which is 166th in the nation. The Golden Gophers are 130th in the country in offensive rating with 106.6, and their defensive rating of 104.9 is ranked 239th. In terms of pace they are 138th in Division 1 with 70.4 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 285th. As a team they are 273rd in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shots, ranking 308th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Iowa/Minnesota college basketball game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota -2.5
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