Wisconsin Badgers vs Iowa Hawkeyes Prediction, 3/7/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wisconsin Badgers vs Iowa Hawkeyes
Date: Sunday, March 7, 2021
Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA
Odds/Point Spread: Wisconsin (+5)
The Iowa Hawkeyes (19-7) play the Wisconsin Badgers (16-10) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday. The spread on this matchup has Iowa as 5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 144.
Wisconsin heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 16-10 on the year. They have an average of 69.8 points per contest (219th in the nation) while shooting 41.9% from the field. The Badgers are shooting 35.2% on shots from beyond the arc (220 of 625) and 75.6% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Wisconsin is snagging 34.0 boards per contest and has accounted for 341 assists for the year, which is 79th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. They are losing possession via turnover 8.8 times per game and as a group are committing 16.1 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Badgers are able to force 12.1 turnovers per game and they draw 16.4 personal fouls. The Badgers defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 41.8% (597 of 1,429) and they relinquish 35.1 boards per game as a squad. They are ranked 238th in the nation in giving up assists to the opposition with 308 relinquished on the campaign. They relinquish 34.0% on 3-pointers while they are 32nd in college hoops in points per game allowed (63.5).
The Wisconsin Badgers took the court against the Purdue Boilermakers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 73-69 in their last contest. Wisconsin finished the game with a 40.4% FG percentage (23 of 57) and buried 7 of their 29 3-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Badgers made 16 of 21 tries for a percentage of 76.2%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 25 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 11 assists for the game in addition to creating 10 turnovers and earning 2 steals. With regard to defense, Wisconsin allowed the other team to go 48.0% from the floor on 24 out of 50 shooting. Purdue distributed 18 assists and had 3 steals in this contest. Additionally, Purdue collected 34 boards (10 offensive, 24 defensive) and got 3 blocked shots. Purdue finished the game at 76.9% at the charity stripe by making 20 of 26 tries. They converted 5 out of their 14 attempts from three-point range.
Brad Davison is a player who was a major factor for this game. He ended up with 15 points on 4 out of 12 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 mins and also pulled down 3 boards. Davison ended up shooting 33.3% from the field and totaled 3 dimes. One more player that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Badgers was Aleem Ford. He pulled down 2 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. He finished the contest at 44.4% from the field for this game by connecting on 4-of-9 (11 points). Overall, Ford tallied 1 assist.
Iowa has a record of 19-7 this season. The Hawkeyes commit 14.9 fouls every game while shooting 71.0% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 19.3 times per contest (1st in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 9.5 times per contest. Iowa has accounted for 2,219 pts on the year (85.3 per game) and they grab 40.6 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Hawkeyes are hitting on 47.3% from the field, which ranks them 52nd in college hoops. The Hawkeyes on the defensive side of the court are 231st in college basketball in PPG allowed with 72.1. The Iowa defense allows 34.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter (238 of 683) and opponents are knocking down 66.0% of their free throw shots. They surrender 15.9 assists and 37.3 rebounds per game, ranking them 325th and 284th in the nation. They are forcing their opponents into 11.8 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.0% from the field (58th in the country).
In their last game, the Iowa Hawkeyes took home the win by a final score of 102-64 when they faced the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Hawkeyes pulled down 36 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 44 in the matchup. They also coughed up the ball 8 times, while earning 12 steals in this matchup. The Cornhuskers committed 11 fouls in this matchup which took the Hawkeyes to the charity stripe for 16 tries. They were able to make 10 of the free throw tries for a rate of 62.5%. Pertaining to 3-point attempts, Iowa knocked down 16 out of 43 attempts (37.2%). When this game wrapped up, the Hawkeyes shot 38 for 74 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.4%. The Hawkeyes allowed the Cornhuskers to make 22 out of their 65 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 33.8% for the matchup. They finished 33.3% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 12 of 36 and finished the contest at 8 out of 10 from the free throw line (80.0%). With respect to how they cleaned up the glass, Iowa allowed Nebraska to get 36 in all (8 on the offensive side).
Jordan Bohannon ended up being a factor for the Hawkeyes for this contest. He buried 8 of 13 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 61.5%, and accumulated 2 rebounds. Bohannon had 26 points in his 25 minutes on the hardwood and added 2 assists for this game. Someone else who came through for Iowa was Luka Garza. He walked away with 1 assist in 25 mins on the court, and he knocked down 5 out of 8 from the floor. Garza ended up shooting 62.5% from the field while collecting 14 points and 8 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Wisconsin (+5)
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