Iowa vs. Minnesota college basketball fearless prediction and game preview.
Iowa vs. Minnesota Broadcast
Date: Thursday, March 12
Game Time: 2:25 ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (click to watch for free)
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Iowa (20-11) vs. Minnesota (15-16) Game Preview
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Why Minnesota Will Win
The Gophers roared back in the second half of the 74-57 win over Northwestern with three after three and by going +9 in the rebounding margin.
This is a good enough rebounding team to clean up everything Iowa misses, but to pull this off, the three-point shooting has to stay hot. Minnesota doesn’t have the same offensive firepower overall, but if it can go 12-of-24 again from outside – like it did against the Wildcats – and hit everything from the line, it’ll make this interesting.
The team passes the ball well, it doesn’t turn the ball over, and it’s got the ability to go on runs if Iowa goes cold. There should be enough offensive rebounds to generate a few second-chance points, but …
Why Iowa Will Win
Iowa is way too strong from the field.
The Minnesota defense isn’t bad, but it doesn’t provide enough pressure, doesn’t take the ball away, and it doesn’t do enough when the O isn’t on. This isn’t a high-powered offensive team – the performance against Northwestern was a bit of an aberration – and Iowa is great inside and out with the top scoring offense in the Big Ten.
Minnesota moves the ball around well, but Iowa is far better at finding the extra shot and getting out on the move. It’s good enough on the offensive boards to generate second chance points of its own, and it should be able to score at a steadier pace.
What’s Going To Happen
Minnesota will bring the effort and will be up in the second half, but the offense won’t be consistent enough. Like the first matchup – a 58-55 Hawkeye win in Minneapolis – Iowa will do just enough inside and out to slip by.
Iowa vs. Minnesota Prediction, Line
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