When and where: December 6, 2019, Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI, 6:30 PM ET
After dropping their first loss of the season to No. 1-ranked Louisville, the No. 4-ranked Michigan Wolverines will return home for a Big Ten tilt with the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes. A poor offensive showing from the Wolverines cost them on the road in their Big Ten/ACC Challenge match-up with Louisville. They hope to have a better showing against an Iowa team coming off a 68-54 victory over Syracuse. The Hawkeyes’ only losses so far this season have come to DePaul and San Diego State.
Iowa hit the jets on SyracuseFor at least the first 20 minutes, it looked like Syracuse might actually challenge Iowa and potentially hand them their second consecutive loss. The Hawkeyes fell in defeat at the hands of San Diego State at the Las Vegas Invitational finals, and their supposed bounce-back game against the Orange was tougher than expected in the early going. They finished the first-half with a 30-29 lead before turning on the jets and soaring on a 38-25 run on the other side of the break.
The Hawkeyes can’t afford to get off to a late start against a Wolverines defense holding opponents to a 39.6 field goal shooting percentage at home. They weren’t able to beat Louisville, but they did manage to hold their offense to 58 points. So that’s an early sign that Michigan has what it takes to put Iowa’s 13th-ranked offense under lock and key as well.
Of course, standout center Luka Garza, Iowa’s leading scorer, might have something to say about that on Friday night. He is averaging 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game so far this season.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Hawkeyes will be facing a Michigan offense that seems to be stuck in mud. Iowa is hopeful their struggling defense isn’t the one to bail them out. They rank 188th in the league in defensive efficiency with their opponents averaging a 42.7 shooting percentage.
Wolverines’ offense sinks against the CardinalsThe Wolverines won’t win many games scoring only 43 points and shooting 25.9 percent from the floor. Throw in the fact that they went 3-of-19 from 3-pointer and it’s clear how atrocious their performance was in Tuesday night’s loss to Louisville.
They’re hoping for a better offensive effort against the Hawkeyes on Friday. The odds are stacked in their favor considering the Hawkeyes are allowing an average of 69.0 points per game to opposing teams. Isaiah Livers especially has to play better after going 1-of-9 from the floor against the Cardinals for only three points in the game. Center Jon Teske was able to step up for 18 points and 10 rebounds. The same will be asked of him again in this particular match-up with Garza on the floor.
Iowa ranks 34th in the country in scoring offense. So the Wolverines will once again have a tough defensive outing. However, they should be surfing a tidal wave of confidence on that end of the floor after limiting Louisville’s fifth-ranked offense to a 36.7 field goal shooting percentage.
The supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Hawkeyes are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win.
- Hawkeyes are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win.
- Hawkeyes are 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 road games against a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Hawkeyes are 15-32-1 ATS in their last 48 road games against a team with a winning home record.
- Wolverines are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss.
- Wolverines are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home underdog.
- Wolverines are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Wolverines are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games as a home favorite.