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#777 SIU - Edwardsville vs.
#778 Iowa
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 9:00pm EST
Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City
Written by Scott Reichel



#777 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
#778 University of Iowa


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This Friday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars and the Iowa Hawkeyes. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Cougars Look To Remain Undefeated

The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars entered the 2019-2020 NCAAB season with the expectations of finishing in the bottom half of the Ohio Valley Conference once again. Last season, SIU-Edwardsville finished in seventh place in the regular-season conference standings as it finished the season with a 6-12 record in conference play. However, SIU-Edwardsville did manage to win its season opener against a Division-II team. Now, the Cougars have to travel to a very hostile environment to take on an underrated Big Ten team as they will look to pull off the shocking upset which will keep their undefeated season intact.

Leading the Cougars offensively is sophomore guard Cameron Williams who look amazing in the season opener. In 29 minutes of action, he had a team-high 17 points while shooting 40% from the three-point line. Last season, Williams averaged 10.1 points per game along with 3.4 rebounds so he looks poised to have an even better season.

SIU-Edwardsville's most underrated player is junior guard Mike Adewunmiwho was good in the season opener. Specifically, he is averaging 11.0 points per game along with 7.0 rebounds on an efficient 62.5% shooting from the floor. Adewunmi did not play last season so the program was hopeful that he could provide a much-needed spark for it offensively which looks to be the case.

Iowa Looks For Win In Season Opener

The Iowa Hawkeyes enter the 2019-2020 NCAAB season with hopes of competing for a conference championship in the Big Ten. Last season, Iowa finished in sixth place in the regular-season conference standings. However, Iowa almost made a deep run in the NCAA Tournament but lost to Tennessee in overtime in the Round of 32. Now, Iowa brings back the majority of its roster from last season as it will look to make an even deeper run this March. However, that is a long way away and Iowa will simply be focused on starting the season off with a home victory on Friday.

Leading the Hawkeyes offensively is senior guard Jordan Bohannon who looked great last season. Specifically, he averaged 11.6 points per game along with 3.4 assists. He was also extremely efficient as he shot 38.5% from the three-point line. Plus, Bohannon was the finisher on this team last season as he took almost all of the big shots down the stretch of ballgames. Now, he will look to embrace an even bigger role in his final year with the program.

Iowa's most underrated player is junior center Luka Garza who was very solid last season. Specifically, he averaged 13.1 points per game along with 4.5 rebounds on an efficient 53.1% shooting from the floor. Standing roughly seven feet tall, Garza only averaged 0.5 blocks which is a bit concerning as he has been quite an underwhelming rim protector in his college career. If Iowa plans on making the next step forward, Garza's defense will need to improve.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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Iowa has the talent to be a sleeper in the Big Ten this year as it returns a lot of star players from last season's team. As a result, I think that Iowa will be able to cover this spread with relative ease as it will look to start its season off with a convincing win that could potentially get it into the AP Top 25. SIU-Edwardsville is not a good basketball team in any capacity so I think Iowa should win this game by at least 30 points. Give me the home team as a result.

Prediction: Iowa -24

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Even though SIU-Edwardsville's offense is not great, Iowa has a very underrated offense that should be able to dominate the boards and make a ton of three-pointers which is its specialty. SIU-Edwardsville also possesses a terrible defense so I would not be surprised if Iowa scores at least 90 points in this game. At the same time, Iowa's pace should lead to some transition opportunities for both teams as this game should get into the 160s. Give me the over as a result.

Prediction: Over 155

Half-Time Side Pick

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Iowa brings back a large amount of production from last year's team so I expect it to get out to a fast start in the first half of this game. Plus, it is significantly better than SIU-Edwardsville so I think there is a huge talent disparity which should lead to a blowout in the first half. Iowa has also been historically great at Carver-Hawkeye Arena so I think the atmosphere will be too much for SIU-Edwardsville to deal with. Iowa should be up by at least 18 points at the half so I will take the home team.

Prediction: Iowa 1H

Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.