The #19 Michigan Wolverines will head on the road to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in a Big Ten showdown Friday night from the Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Wolverines were dealt a 75-67 road loss by Minnesota on Sunday, and the Hawkeyes crushed Northwestern 75-62 on Tuesday night. The Wolverines tallied a 101-93 home win over Iowa last month.
Michigan Falls to Minnesota, Dip to 2-3 in Big Ten Play
The Michigan Wolverines will be eager to return to the court. They have dropped two out of their last three games overall to dip to 2-3 in Big Ten play. Michigan lost to Michigan State, beat Purdue, then lost 75-67 at Minnesota this past Sunday in a clash that had the Wolverines labeled as two-point dogs.
Jon Teske has been outstanding in most Big Ten games but only scored nine points in Sunday’s defeat. The 7-foot-1 center has scored at least 15 points in four out of his last five games and is sporting an average of 14.3 PPG and 7.9 RPG. Teske scored 16 points against Iowa last month. Isaiah Livers is out of the lineup which leaves a big void. The junior forward is having a solid season overall, logging 13.6 PPG on 50% shooting. Zavier Simpson is hot, registering a combined 41 points in his last two games. The senior guard is an outstanding playmaker and is averaging 12.6 points and a team-leading 8.9 assists per game.
The Wolverines were fortunate to remain at #19 in the AP Top 25 rankings this week, while Ken Pomeroy has them placed 20th overall. Michigan has many scoring threats and they are averaging 77.9 points, good for 44th in all of DI. They are holding opponents to 68.6 points, placing them 173rd overall.
Iowa Thumps Northwestern, Seeks Third Straight Win
The Iowa Hawkeyes are hunting for their third consecutive victory. They logged a convincing 75-62 road win against Northwestern on Tuesday to cover the 5.5 point spread. Iowa has lost to ranked Michigan and Penn State and defeated #12 Maryland. The Hawkeyes' defense has stood out recently and they are an even 3-3 in Big Ten play.
Watch for Luke Garza in this one. The 6-foot-11 center is regularly dominating his opposition. Garza has tallied a double-double in three out of his last four games and has surpassed 20 points 11 times this year. Garza has compiled an average of 22.3 PPG and 10.4 RPG and scored 44 points against Michigan last month. Joe Wieskamp is also playing well, reaching 20 points in three out of his last four games. The sophomore guard is carrying an average of 14.5 points and 6.2 rebounds. CJ Fredrick is another big scoring threat. The freshman guard is shooting a dazzling 52% and holds an average of 10.4 PPG. Fredrick is dealing with a foot injury but is expected to play.
Luka Garza scored 27 points to lead Iowa. Fredrick & Wieskamp each had 11 with Kriener adding 10 points in the 75-62 victory. pic.twitter.com/X1yNnIZPtL— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) January 15, 2020
The Hawkeyes are positioned 15th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and they should climb into the AP Top 25 with another win in this game. Iowa is scoring an average of 79.3 points, good for 29th overall. They are allowing an average of 68.9 points, placing them 183rd in DI.
The Michigan Wolverines are:
- 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS loss.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
- 53-26-2 ATS in their last 81 games following a straight-up loss.
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