Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Iowa Hawkeyes Prediction, 1/10/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Iowa Hawkeyes
Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021
Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+10)
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-3) travel to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday where they'll take on the Iowa Hawkeyes (10-2). Minnesota opens this matchup as 10-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 163.5.
Minnesota enters this one with a mark of 10-3 for the year. They are averaging 79.7 points per contest (60th in the country) while connecting on 41.5% from the field. The Golden Gophers are shooting 30.4% on shots from distance (101 of 332) and 75.9% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Minnesota is pulling down 39.2 boards per contest and has accumulated 203 assists on the campaign, which ranks 14th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 11.4 times per contest and as a team are committing 18.3 fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Golden Gophers are forcing 13.6 turnovers per game and they draw 22.2 personal fouls. They are 330th in the country in allowing assists to the opposition with 180 relinquished for the year. The Golden Gophers are giving up a FG percentage of 41.2% (343 of 832) and they concede 40.5 boards per game as a unit. They are giving up 30.9% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 249th in the country in PPG allowed (73.2).
The Minnesota Golden Gophers stepped onto the hardwood against the Michigan Wolverines and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 82-57 in their last contest. Minnesota walked away from the game having earned a 32.4% FG percentage (22 out of 68) and buried 7 of 28 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Golden Gophers converted 6 of 6 attempts for a percentage of 100.0%. In reference to hauling in boards, they collected 28 with 13 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 6 assists for the game while earning 7 steals and 2 blocks. With regard to defense, Minnesota allowed their opponent to shoot 32.4% from the floor on 22 out of 68 shooting. Michigan doled out 17 assists and had 4 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Wolverines collected 35 rebounds (9 offensive, 26 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Michigan shot 80.0% at the charity stripe by making 12 of their 15 attempts. They also made 4 of 13 attempts from downtown.
Marcus Carr is one player who was a factor in the matchup. He ended up walking away with 14 points on 5 out of 16 shooting. He was on the court for 33 mins and also collected 2 boards. Carr walked away from this one shooting 31.3% from the field and also dished out 2 assists. One more player that was a factor in this matchup for the Golden Gophers was Gabe Kalscheur. He grabbed 2 rebounds and had 2 assists. He finished shooting 36.4% from the floor for the game by going 4-of-11 (9 points). At the conclusion of this game, Kalscheur was on the hardwood for 33 min.
Iowa has a win-loss record of 10-2 this year. The Hawkeyes commit 14.6 fouls per game while shooting 72.6% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 20.8 times per game (2nd in college basketball) and they are turning it over 10.0 times per game. Iowa has scored 1,109 pts on the year (92.4 per contest) and they snag 41.7 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Hawkeyes are connecting on 48.4% from the field, which ranks 58th in the nation. The Hawkeyes are ranked 253rd in college hoops in PPG given up with 73.4. The Iowa defense gives up 35.5% on shots from 3-point land (110 of 310) and their opponents are making 64.9% of their foul shots. They relinquish 16.8 assists and 38.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 327th and 277th in the nation. They are able to force 14.7 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.7% from the field (128th in college hoops).
In their last game, the Iowa Hawkeyes took home the win by a final score of 89-67 against the Maryland Terrapins. The Hawkeyes earned 31 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 37 for the contest. They also rejected 2 attempts while recording 9 steals in the matchup. The Terrapins committed 10 personal fouls for the game which got the Hawkeyes to the charity stripe for a total of 6 shots. They were able to bury 4 of those for a percentage of 66.7%. When talking about shots from beyond the arc, Iowa converted 13 of 26 tries (50.0%). Overall, the Hawkeyes shot 36 out of 67 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 53.7%. The Hawkeyes allowed the Terrapins to knock down 26 out of 60 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 43.3% for this game. They finished 34.3% from 3-point land by going 12 out of 35 and ended up going 3 of 6 at the free throw line (50.0%). When talking about cleaning the glass, Iowa allowed Maryland to pull down 28 in total (4 offensive).
Luka Garza was important for the Hawkeyes in this game. He made 9 out of 14 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 64.3%, which had him sitting at 24 points. Garza grabbed 7 boards in his 35 mins and earned 4 assists for the matchup. Someone else who was a determining factor for Iowa was Jordan Bohannon. He ended up finishing with 18 points in 32 minutes on the court by way of 6 of 10 from the floor in the matchup. Bohannon walked away from this one going 60.0% from the field while also totaling 2 assists and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Iowa (-10)
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