The No. 19 Iowa Hawkeyes (14-5, 5-3 Big 10) will attempt to continue their nine-game home winning streak in a matchup against the Wisconsin Badgers (12-8, 5-4 Big 10) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The game begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday, January 27, 2020.
Wisconsin Badgers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Free Prediction
The Badgers are trying to rebound after their 70-51 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers in their last matchup. Purdue won the rebounding battle. The Boilermakers had more offensive rebounds (16 vs. two), defensive rebounds (26 vs. 14) and total rebounds (42 vs. 16). Micah Potter was Wisconsin’s leading scorer with 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting.
In the Hawkeyes’ previous matchup, they beat the No. 24 Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 85-80. The Hawkeyes knocked down 18 of their 25 free throws (72.0 percent) and held the Scarlet Knights to an offensive rebounding percentage of 27.0 (below their season average of 34.7). Luka Garza led Iowa in scoring with 28 points on 11-for-17 shooting from the field.
After the Badgers won both matchups against the Hawkeyes last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the most recent contest, Wisconsin won 65-45. The Badgers had a much better free throw rate (0.315 vs. 0.068) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (40.5 vs. 17.1).
There’s a decent chance that Wisconsin struggles to create turnovers. Iowa ranks 66th in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.4 percent), while Wisconsin forces the 244th-most turnovers (18.5 percent).
Wisconsin Badgers at Iowa Hawkeyes Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – Iowa, O/U – Under
Iowa ranks fourth in assists per game (18.4) while Wisconsin ranks 207th (11.9).
The Hawkeyes rank 50th in rebounds per game (38.7) while the Badgers rank 231st (33.3).
Wisconsin ranks 28th in three pointers allowed per game (18.3) while Iowa ranks 204th (23.5).
The Badgers rank 45th in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while the Hawkeyes rank 127th (3.6).
Wisconsin ranks 26th in steals allowed per game (5.2) while Iowa ranks 106th (6.4).
The Badgers have been outscored by an average of 1.2 points in their last five games. For the season, Wisconsin has defeated opponents by an average of 5.4 points.
During their last five games, the Hawkeyes have scored an average of 77.4 points per game (2.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.0 points per game (0.3 below their season average).