Iowa Hawkeyes (11-7 SU, 6-8-1 ATS, 7-7-1 O/U) vs. Northwestern Wildcats (14-4 SU, 10-5 ATS, 5-9-1 O/U)
NCAAB: Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. EST
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -6.5. Total: OFF.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have won three of their last four games heading into a road date with the Northwestern Wildcats at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday. Iowa is coming off consecutive victories over Rutgers and Purdue. The Wildcats recently halted a two-game skid by beating Nebraska in advance of Thursday’s defeat of Rutgers.
Jok strapping it on
The Hawkeyes look to build on their biggest win of the season, as they erased a nine-point deficit in the second half to knock off Purdue 83-78 on Thursday–just over two weeks after suffering a humbling 89-67 setback against the Boilermakers. Iowa boasts eight wins in its last 10 games and now aims to notch its first true road win in four tries this season.
Peter Jok led the way with 29 points, eight assists and six rebounds in the recent win over Purdue to move within 14 points of passing Jarrod Uthoff (1,298) in 19th place on the program’s all-time scoring list. Freshman forward Tyler Cook continued his stellar play since returning from an injury to his shooting hand as he added 16 points and six rebounds, while Jordan Bohannon produced 12 points and a career-high nine assists.
“The guys have been looking forward to this game,” Jok said of Sunday’s showdown. “I told the guys if they weren’t ready for revenge they might as well stay in the locker room.”
Finally going dancing?
The Wildcats are 9-1 at home this season and will play three of their next four games in the friendly confines of Welsh-Ryan Arena–a two-week stretch that could go a long way in determining whether they stay on track for their first NCAA Tournament bid in school history. Vic Law recently scored 19 of his team-high 23 points in the second half to lift Northwestern past Rutgers for the third consecutive time. Scottie Lindsey added 14 points to finish in double figures for the 18th straight game while Dererk Pardon flirted with a triple-double as he registered eight points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight blocks, which is the second-most in a single game in Northwestern history. Sanjay Lumpkin was held scoreless but pulled down four rebounds to move into 20th place on the program’s all-time list with 562.
“I’m not sure that any other team in this league has played four of its first five on the road and that’s what we’ve had to do,” head coach Chris Collins commented. “I am really proud of this team and it shows a lot about their fight and heart.”
The Iowa Hawkeyes are:
- 7-17-1 ATS in their last 25 overall
- 1-5 ATS in their last six road games
- 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games against teams with winning percentages over .600
The Northwestern Wildcats are:
- 14-5 ATS in their last 19 overall
- 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games
- 7-2 ATS in their last nine games against the Big Ten
Northwestern set a program record with 15 blocked shots en route to a 69-60 road win against Rutgers on Thursday. The Wildcats are ranked sixth nationally in blocks per game (6.5). The Hawkeyes are 7-17-1 ATS in their last 25 overall, 1-5 ATS in their last six on the road, and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 against opponents with winning percentages over .600. Northwestern is 14-5 ATS in its last 19 overall, 6-2 ATS in its last eight at home, and 7-2 ATS in its last nine against the Big Ten. Look for those trends to continue.