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Iowa vs. Northwestern Prediction,
Preview,
and Odds - 1-14-2020

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#631 Iowa
Hawkeyes -5.5
#632 Northwestern
Wildcats 5.5

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 8:00pm

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Game Stats

Iowa

11 - 5

11-5
ATS
5-11
O/U
79
PPG
69
OPPG

Northwestern

6 - 9

7-8
ATS
7-7
O/U
66
PPG
65
OPPG

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The Northwestern Wildcats, coming off their first conference win of the season, host the Iowa Hawkeyes on Tuesday night in a Big Ten match-up. The Hawkeyes are in need of some consistency in conference play.

Iowa complete stunning victory over Maryland

Form

The Hawkeyes have enjoyed a solid season to date. However, they would e bitterly disappointed with their conference record, which includes two wins and three defeats in five games. The Hawkeyes, however, are coming off a sensational 67-49 win over Maryland.

Last game

Joe Wieskamp led the scoring for the Hawkeyes with 26 points, while Big Ten scoring leader Luke Garza chipped in with 21 points. The pair combined to score 47 of the Hawkeyes' 67, and 32 of the Hawkeyes' 38 first-half points.

What was said? (According to the Associated Press)

"We realized we had a decision to make," Wieskamp said. "A lot of people are counting us out, realizing we're missing some of our best players. We could either fold, listen to that, not compete as hard as we could, or band together and just focus on the seven, eight guys we have playing."

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Northwestern register first conference win

Form

The Wildcats began conference play in horrific fashion, losing their first four games. However, there was a semblance of a comeback as they beat Nebraska 62-57 in their previous game, registering their first conference win.

Last game

Miller Kopp led the scoring with 15 points. It was an interesting game because Northwestern raced away to a more-than-handy 42-27 lead at halftime. The Cornhuskers came razing back into the game, but the Wildcats staved off the rally.

What was said? (According to the Associated Press)

"It was just a really good win," Collins said. "A lot of times, people don't realize the commitment that goes in for these players in between games, what they have to do with their bodies, whether it be strength and conditioning, lifting weights, eating right, sleep. Oh yeah, they go to Northwestern as well. You put that kind of investment into it and you don't get to taste some success, it can be hard."

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The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

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Rating:

The Hawkeyes are 11-5 for the season. That doesn't just happen. They are a quality unit, with plenty of depth in their roster. They have a 2-3 season record, which they will be desperate to improve upon. In terms of fluency and momentum, the Wildcats are struggling. At home, Northwestern is 5-5 for the season. There are plenty of gaping holes for Iowa to exploit.

Prediction: Iowa Hawkeyes -5.5

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Rating:

Low-scoring teams are always tricky to predict. The Wildcats average about 65 points both scored and conceded (65.7 points allowed per game). Iowa seem to stay around that range. Considering the importance of this conference match-up, you might see both teams just slow down the pace to keep the ball in their control, which means lesser possessions.

Prediction: Under

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