Northwestern Wildcats vs Iowa Hawkeyes Prediction, 2/28/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Northwestern Wildcats vs Iowa Hawkeyes
Date: Monday, February 28, 2022
Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA
The Iowa Hawkeyes (20-8) welcome the Northwestern Wildcats (13-14) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Monday.
The Northwestern Wildcats stepped onto the hardwood against Penn State and took a loss by a final of 67-60 in their last contest. Northwestern walked away from the game having earned a 36.7% field goal percentage (22 out of 60) and made 7 of 22 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Wildcats knocked down 9 of their 11 attempts for a rate of 81.8%. When talking about pulling down boards, they collected 27 with 5 of them being offensive. They also doled out 15 assists for this contest in addition to forcing 11 turnovers and earning 4 steals. In reference to the defense, Northwestern allowed their opponent to shoot 41.5% from the field on 22 out of 53 shooting. Penn State dished out 12 dimes and had 2 steals for the matchup. Additionally, Penn State grabbed 41 rebounds (11 offensive, 30 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Penn State finished shooting 66.7% at the free throw line by making 10 of their 15 tries. They also made 13 of 33 attempts from distance. When talking about fouls, the Wildcats ended up finishing with 18 while Penn State recorded 16 fouls.
Pete Nance is a player who was a major contributor for the matchup. He ended up going 72.7% from the field and also recorded 5 dimes. He was on the hardwood for 25 mins and also collected 5 boards. He totaled 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting.
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Northwestern will take the court with a win-loss mark of 13-14 this year. They lose possession via turnover 9.5 times per contest and as a team are committing 17.9 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Northwestern is pulling down 35.6 boards per contest and is sitting with 429 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 54th in the nation in terms of passing. The Wildcats are hitting 34.5% on three-point shots (223 of 647) and 72.6% from the charity stripe. They average 73.3 points per contest (128th in Division 1) while shooting 42.9% from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Wildcats are forcing their opponents into 14.0 turnovers every game and they draw 16.9 fouls. They are 253rd in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 389 surrendered for the year. The Wildcats defense is giving up a FG percentage of 42.4% (624 of 1,473) and they relinquish 36.0 boards per game as a unit. They give up 36.1% on 3-point attempts while they are 157th in D-1 in PPG allowed (68.3).
When they last played, the Iowa Hawkeyes went home victorious with a score of 88-78 against Nebraska. The Hawkeyes pulled down 22 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards totaling 34 in this contest. They turned it over 10 times, while getting 1 steal in the matchup. Nebraska had 20 personal fouls in the game which took the Hawkeyes to the charity stripe for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to knock down 17 of the free throws for a rate of 70.8%. When talking about shooting from distance, Iowa buried 9 of 22 attempts (40.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Hawkeyes finished shooting 31 out of 62 from the floor which gave them a rate of 50.0%. The Hawkeyes allowed Nebraska to knock down 29 out of 56 tries from the field which had them shooting 51.8% in this game. They shot 44.4% from beyond the arc by hitting 8 of 18 and finished the game at 12 out of 15 at the charity stripe (80.0%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Iowa permitted Nebraska to get 28 in all (5 on the offensive glass).
Keegan Murray was important for the Hawkeyes for this game. He made 10 of 15 in this game for a rate of 66.7%, and accounted for 5 rebounds. He tallied 28 points in his 30 mins of playing time and had 2 assists in the game.
Iowa has a mark of 20-8 so far this season. In terms of offensive execution, the Hawkeyes are shooting 46.1% from the field, which has them ranked 73rd in Division 1. Iowa has accounted for 2,345 points on the campaign (83.8 per contest) and they pull in 37.4 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 16.0 times per contest (30th in the nation) and they are giving up possession 8.9 times per contest. The Hawkeyes are committing 16.1 personal fouls every game while shooting 75.5% from the free throw line.
The Iowa defense surrenders 33.0% on three-point shots (206 of 624) and their opponents are connecting on 71.2% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 14.1 assists and 36.4 rebounds every game, which is 287th and 288th in the country. The Hawkeyes defensively are ranked 243rd in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 71.3. They are forcing their opponents into 14.2 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.6% from the field (207th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Iowa
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