The Northwestern Wildcats are having a tough time right now. They picked up four losses in the last five games and are now down to 14 losses in the overall record. It’s going to be another testing night for the side as they hit the road to face the fifth-best team in the Big Ten, the Iowa Hawkeyes. Meanwhile, the hosts continue a streak of impressive performances after securing a third-straight victory.
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Northwestern vs. Iowa Game Information
- When: Monday, February 28, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
- Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, IA
- TV: BTN
- Radio: GN Radio 720 (Northwestern) / KROS 105.9FM (Iowa)
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- NCAAB Betting Odds: Northwestern (+10.5) / Iowa (-10.5)
Why Bet on Northwestern Wildcats?
The Wildcats have work to do here. Offensively, the team averages 72.7 points (110th) per game on 42.5% shooting (251st). They have to work on the shooting side which sees the team average only 47.6% from two points (262nd) and 34.3% from deep (142nd). Nevertheless, we still see good ball movement from Northwestern. The team records 15.5 assists (26th) per game.
On defense, the visitors allow 69.0 opponent points (160th) per game. We expect the side to do better on this end of the court. They have the defensive edge over Iowa in this one. As a team, the Wildcats limit opponents to 47.7% from the two-point range (91st). Northwestern maintains a 50.2% opponent effective field goal percentage (186th) in 27 games played.
One of the few advantages of the Wildcats in this matchup is its healthy lineup. All core players are ready to go, with the duo of Pete Nance and Boo Buie leading the team’s offense.
Why Bet on the Iowa Hawkeyes?
Iowa is among the highest-scoring teams in the league. The team averages 83.8 points (fourth) per game. Offense is the bread and butter of the team, and we look forward to head coach Fran McCaffery utilizing this side of the team. Offensively, the Hawkeyes average 52.8% from the field (62nd). This features a consistent 52.8% two-point (65th) and 35.2% three-point shooting (95th) percentages. We also bank on the hosts’ quality ball movement to play its part in this matchup. As it stands, the Hawkeyes average 16.0 assists (20th) per game.
Defense is where the side might encounter several challenges when looking at the numbers. The team allows 71.3 points (220th) per game and a 43.6% opponent shooting (176th) percentage. However, Iowa is the better rebounding team in this game. The team collects 37.4 total rebounds (53rd) per game.
There are no injuries to report for the Hawkeyes roster. This means the team gets its full potential with top scorer Keegan Murray leading the offense.
Northwestern vs. Iowa Betting Trends
- Northwestern is 3-7 in the last ten road games (5-5 ATS).
- Northwestern is 4-6 in the last ten games (6-4 ATS).
- The totals went over in three of Northwestern’s last five road games against Iowa.
- Iowa is 3-2 in the last five games at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (2-3 ATS).
- Iowa is 3-0 in the last three home games against Northwestern (2-1 ATS).
- The totals went under in two of Iowa’s last five home games against Northwestern.
Northwestern vs. Iowa Expert Betting Predictions
Iowa gets the advantage in this matchup. They produced more consistent numbers over the weeks and are ahead of the field by looking at the overall standings. More than that, homecourt advantage should play to their benefit. Nevertheless, Northwestern brings plenty of unpredictable elements to the table. Iowa should expect the unexpected knowing that this is their first game against the Hawkeyes this season. Covering the spread should be doable for the visitors while maintaining a shot at winning the contest.
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