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Northwestern vs. Iowa Predictions, Odds

  • December 29, 2020
  • By Thom Cunningham

A Big Ten battle on Tuesday night sees the scorching hot Northwestern Wildcats travel to Iowa City and face the Iowa Hawkeyes. The clash is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. (ET) from the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.



Northwestern-Iowa Betting Odds

Line Movements

  • Spread: Iowa -12
  • Money-Line: Iowa -750 Northwestern +530
  • Total: 158.5

Odds Subject to Change

Northwestern has come out of nowhere to put itself on the map for college basketball this season. The Wildcats will look to continue their surprising form in a tough environment as the underdog. Iowa is the home favorite, given a large -12-point spread with the game's point total opening at 158.5.

The schools are a combined 12-3 O/U this season, with each presenting a high-powered offense. Iowa has yet to lose at home this season, and has covered six of its last nine games. Northwestern has covered five of its last six games, and is undefeated on the road.


Betting Analysis – Northwestern Wildcats

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 6-1
  • ATS: 5-1
  • SU - Home: 5-1
  • SU - Away: 1-0
  • O/U: 4-2

If you're not familiar with the Northwestern Wildcats, you need to be. This is a dangerous team with tons of potential to make a March Madness run. The conference they play in will do them no favors for an easy bid, but be assure that the early data for this team is quite impressive.

Northwestern currently scores the 30th-most points per game in the nation, along with allowing the 48th-fewest points per game. The offense has the 19th-best efficiency rating in the country, while the defense at 86.2 is the 39th-most efficient. They're on a current four-game winning streak with their last three wins over Michigan State, Indiana and Ohio State.

After just rattling off three high-caliber clubs, its quite ludicrous that Northwestern has yet to face any true top team in the conference (Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin). Despite the impressive resume and statistical team data, this is the toughest test for Northwestern's early season run.

Northwestern must play one of the country's best teams on the road, in a venue where the home team doesn't lose many games. Will the Wildcats pass their toughest test after an ambitious early season run?

Northwestern has four players that contribute heavily to this team's success, beginning with junior Miller Kopp . Kopp averages about 15 points per game, and is the 'shot-taker' for this Northwestern team. Boo Buie is a great player as well, averaging the most assists on the team to go along with 14 points per game.

Chase Audige and Pete Nance round out the top four, but it's Ryan Young that will need to step up big for the Wildcats. Young quietly averages 8.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Iowa rebounds the ball extremely well, so if Northwestern can get glass production from Young then they can earn more possessions and possibly control the pace of this game.

It will be fast-paced, so Ty Berry will need to contribute on defense as well. Berry averages about eight points a game, but he has six total steals (averaging about one a game). Northwestern has one of the best defenses in the nation, going up against a top-three offense. The Wildcats will need to play defense to win, and Berry has to be a big part of that to happen.

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