Grand Canyon Antelopes vs Iowa Hawkeyes Prediction, 3/20/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Grand Canyon Antelopes vs Iowa Hawkeyes
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021
Location: Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Grand Canyon (+16)
The Iowa Hawkeyes (21-8) play the Grand Canyon Antelopes (17-6) at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament. The odds on this matchup have Iowa as 16-point favorites. The over/under is set at 144.5.
Grand Canyon will play this contest with a mark of 17-6 so far this year. They have an average of 75.6 points per game (73rd in college hoops) while going 49.2% from the floor. The Antelopes are shooting 33.2% on shots from downtown (156 of 470) and 68.6% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Grand Canyon is snagging 40.0 rebounds per game and has tallied 371 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 71st in D-1 in terms of passing. They turn it over 13.1 times per game and as a team they are committing 17.0 personal fouls per game. Defensively, the Antelopes are forcing 11.9 turnovers every game while drawing 18.0 personal fouls. They relinquish 28.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 9th in college basketball in PPG allowed (61.1). The Antelopes defensively are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 37.7% (492 of 1,306) and they surrender 30.2 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are ranked 38th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 224 surrendered on the year.
The Grand Canyon Antelopes faced off with the New Mexico State Aggies and notched a win by a score of 74-56 in their last game. Grand Canyon wrapped up the contest with a 47.3% field goal percentage (26 of 55) and converted 8 out of their 21 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Antelopes made 14 of 18 attempts for a rate of 77.8%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 36 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 11 assists in the game in addition to creating 8 turnovers and earning 4 steals. With regard to defense, Grand Canyon allowed the other team to go 36.4% from the field on 20 of 55 shooting. New Mexico State distributed 5 dimes and had 4 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, New Mexico State grabbed 19 rebounds (4 offensive, 15 defensive) and added 2 rejections. New Mexico State finished 77.8% from the charity stripe by knocking down 7 of 9 attempts. They also buried 9 out of their 32 shots from distance.
Jovan Blacksher is one guy who was a major contributor in the game. He racked up 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting. He was on the court for 36 mins and totaled 7 rebounds. Blacksher walked away from this one shooting 70.0% from the floor and also dished out 2 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in this game for the Antelopes was Asbjorn Midtgaard. He had 8 rebounds in his 30 min on the court. He finished the contest at 55.6% from the floor for the game by connecting on 5-of-9 (12 points). When the final whistle blew, Midtgaard earned 1 assist.
Iowa has a win-loss mark of 21-8 on the campaign. The Hawkeyes are committing 14.9 fouls per game and they go 71.3% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 19.1 times per contest (1st in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 9.5 times per contest. Iowa has 2,429 pts this season (83.8 per contest) and they snag 40.1 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Hawkeyes are hitting on 46.9% from the field, which is ranked 54th in the nation. The Hawkeyes defensively are ranked 223rd in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 71.9. They allow 15.9 assists and 37.1 rebounds per contest, ranking them 327th and 275th in college basketball. The Iowa defense gives up 34.8% on 3-point attempts (257 of 739) and opponents are converting on 67.5% of their foul shots. They are able to force 11.6 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 41.4% from the field (72nd in Division 1).
In their last game, the Iowa Hawkeyes took a loss by a final score of 82-71 when they faced the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Hawkeyes pulled down 28 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards totaling 34 for the matchup. They coughed up the ball 12 times, while getting 5 steals for the contest. The Fighting Illini had 14 fouls for this contest which got the Hawkeyes to the charity stripe for 14 shots. They were able to make 11 of those for a percentage of 78.6%. In the matter of 3-pointers, Iowa made 8 out of 24 tries (33.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Hawkeyes walked away from this one shooting 26 for 64 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 40.6%. The Hawkeyes allowed the Fighting Illini to convert 32 of their 66 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 48.5% in the game. They finished 20.0% from 3-point land by hitting 3 out of 15 and ended up shooting 15 out of 20 from the charity stripe (75.0%). In regard to rebounding, Iowa allowed Illinois to get 39 in all (8 on the offensive side).
Luka Garza pitched in for the Hawkeyes for this contest. He made 8 of 21 for the game for a field goal percentage of 38.1%, and had 12 rebounds. Garza earned 21 points in his 34 minutes on the hardwood and added 2 assists in this contest. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Iowa was Jordan Bohannon. He ended up finishing with 6 assists in 38 mins on the hardwood, and he put in 6 out of 15 from the floor. Bohannon walked away from this one going 40.0% from the field as well as contributing 20 points and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Grand Canyon (+16)
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