Purdue Boilermakers vs Iowa Hawkeyes Prediction, 12/22/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Purdue Boilermakers vs Iowa Hawkeyes
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA
Odds/Point Spread: Purdue (+6.5)
The Purdue Boilermakers (6-2) go to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday where they'll take on the Iowa Hawkeyes (6-1). The spread on this contest has Iowa as 6.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 159.5.
Purdue enters this game with a record of 6-2 this year. They turn it over 14.3 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 17.8 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Purdue is pulling in 37.1 rebounds per game and has accounted for 140 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 14th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Boilermakers are hitting 38.8% on shots from 3-point land (71 of 183) and 71.3% from the charity stripe. They average 74.6 pts per contest (149th in Division 1) while going 47.5% from the field. When they are on defense, the Boilermakers are forcing 13.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.8 fouls. The Boilermakers defense is allowing a FG percentage of 41.1% (179 of 436) and they concede 27.4 boards per contest as a unit. They rank 308th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 117 relinquished so far this season. They are giving up 29.4% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 88th in Division 1 in points per game allowed (65.0).
The Purdue Boilermakers stepped onto the hardwood against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and took home the win by a score of 88-78 in their last contest. Purdue finished the contest having earned a 49.2% field goal percentage (32 out of 65) and converted 14 of their 28 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Boilermakers made 10 of 15 tries for a percentage of 66.7%. When talking about grabbing rebounds, they compiled 37 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 20 assists in the game while earning 6 steals and 2 blocked shots. Regarding defense, Purdue allowed 49.2% from the floor on 32 of 65. Notre Dame distributed 21 dimes and 2 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, the Fighting Irish snagged 28 boards (8 offensive, 20 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Notre Dame walked away from this one shooting 82.4% from the free throw line by knocking down 14 of their 17 attempts. They converted 16 out of their 41 shots from downtown.
Eric Hunter is a player who came through in the game. He scored 18 points on 6 of 15 shooting. He played for 34 minutes and collected 5 rebounds. Hunter finished 40.0% from the floor and also earned 8 assists. Another guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Boilermakers was Sasha Stefanovic. He snagged 2 rebounds and collected 2 assists. He finished shooting 75.0% from the floor for this contest by connecting on 6-of-8 (18 points). When this game wrapped up, Stefanovic played for 34 min.
Iowa has a win-loss record of 6-1 this year. The Hawkeyes are committing 15.4 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 71.4% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 22.9 times per contest (2nd in the nation) and they turn it over 9.7 times per contest. Iowa has scored 691 pts so far this year (98.7 per game) and they pull down 42.1 boards per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Hawkeyes are connecting on 50.3% from the field, which ranks 52nd in Division 1. The Hawkeyes defensively are ranked 231st in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 72.9. They are forcing their opponents into 16.6 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 40.8% from the floor (125th in college basketball). The Iowa defense allows 33.3% on three-point shots (53 of 159) and opponents are connecting on 63.3% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 15.7 dimes and 40.1 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 286th and 299th in the country.
When they last stepped on the court, the Iowa Hawkeyes took a loss by a final score of 99-88 against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Hawkeyes pulled down 23 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 35 for this game. They also rejected 5 shots while recording 7 steals in the matchup. The Bulldogs were called for 23 personal fouls for the contest which took the Hawkeyes to the charity stripe for a total of 26 tries. They were able to make 14 of those for a percentage of 53.8%. When talking about shots from beyond the arc, Iowa buried 4 out of their 22 attempts (18.2%). Overall, the Hawkeyes finished the game shooting 35 out of 75 from the field which had them sitting at 46.7%. The Hawkeyes permitted the Bulldogs to convert 36 out of 70 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.4% in the matchup. They went 50.0% from 3-point land by shooting 13 of 26 and walked away from this one shooting 14 of 24 at the free throw line (58.3%). Concerning team rebounding, Iowa permitted Gonzaga to pull down 49 in all (16 on the offensive side).
Luka Garza was important for the Hawkeyes for this game. He knocked down 13 of 18 for the contest for a field goal rate of 72.2%, which earned him 30 points. Garza pulled down 10 boards in his 37 minutes and tallied 2 dimes in the matchup. Someone else who was a determining factor for Iowa was Joe Wieskamp. He was able to score 20 points in his 35 minutes on the hardwood by going 8 of 16 shooting for the game. Wieskamp ended up shooting 50.0% from the field while also earning 4 assists and 9 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Purdue (+6.5)
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