It will be a battle between Big 10 opponents when the Iowa Hawkeyes (6-3, 0-1 Big 10) welcome the Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-4) to Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The game starts at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, December 9, 2019.
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Iowa Hawkeyes Free Prediction
The Golden Gophers come in on a high note after dismantling the Clemson Tigers in their last matchup, 78-60. The Golden Gophers had a phenomenal effective field goal percentage of 0.615 (above their season average of 0.506) and had a turnover percentage of 11.7 (better than their season average of 16.6). With 24 points on 8-for-16 shooting, Marcus Carr was the game’s leading scorer.
In the Hawkeyes’ last game, they lost to the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines, 103-91. Michigan was successful at getting and making free throws. The Wolverines made 29 of their 34 free throws (85.3 percent), while the Hawkeyes were 18-24 (75.0 percent). With 44 points on 17-for-32 shooting, Luka Garza was the top scorer from either team.
Iowa should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Since last season, Iowa ranks 21st in the country at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.1 percent), while Minnesota has forced the 56th-fewest turnovers (17.4 percent).
The Golden Gophers won the only game against the Hawkeyes last season, 92-87. The Golden Gophers had a much better free throw rate (0.375 vs. 0.220) and had a better turnover percentage (11.4 vs. 16.0).
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Iowa Hawkeyes ATS Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Iowa, O/U – Over
Minnesota averages 4.2 blocks per game, which ranks 58th in the NCAA. Iowa ranks 154th in blocks allowed per game (3.0).