Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-7) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (13-9)
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes 2/11/24 – As college basketball enters another thrilling weekend of competition, one game that stands out is Sunday’s matchup between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Set to be an important battle in Big Ten standings, this encounter should attract fans as well as bettors, drawing significant interest for college basketball free picks.
Minnesota Golden Gophers have proven their resilience and skill all season, scoring 75.7 points per game on average with an outstanding 47.5% field goal percentage. Furthermore, their offense averages 36.9 rebounds per game on average as well as 18.3 assists per game – but their 68% free throw percentage and 12.5 turnovers per game remain areas of concern that need to be addressed before their crucial matchup with Washington on January 15th.
At Iowa, their outstanding offensive lineup averages 84.2 points per game – one of the highest averages in NCAA. Their scoring efficiency can be found through their 47.6% field goal percentage and 77% free throw conversion rate at free-throw line attempts. Defensively, Iowa Hawkeyes have proven they can disrupt opponents’ games plans with 7.8 steals per game on average; their challenge will lie in maintaining this intensity against Gophers squad that have shown their ability to score from anywhere on court.
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes 2/11/24 Game Info
|Sunday, February 11, 2024, at 3:00 PM ET
Dawson Garcia (Forward) vs. Tony Perkins (Guard)
Dawson Garcia has been an instrumental member of the Minnesota Golden Gophers this season, averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and nearly one block per game over 31.6 minutes of action. As a sophomore forward he brings strength in versatility scoring ability – shooting 44.7% from field shooting and 27.3% from three point range while hitting 82.11% of free throw attempts despite occasional fouls or turnovers (1.9 per contest).
Tony Perkins, Iowa’s standout guard, has been nothing short of extraordinary this season. Averaging 15.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game, Perkins has shown off his all-around game while his 1.8 steals per game on defense will help limit Garcia and disrupt Minnesota’s offensive flow. Perkins will play an integral part in Iowa’s quest for victory as his leadership and performance on both ends will play key roles.
Garcia will utilize interior scoring and rebounding, while Perkins provides disruptive perimeter defense. If Garcia can establish position down low without incurring fouls, that may prove decisive; but if Perkins can cut driving lanes with his speed or force Garcia into taking contested outside shots that tilts this battle in Iowa’s favor.
NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
Betting odds for the game have yet to be established, but given recent performances and trends from both teams it should be a close matchup. Bettors should monitor updates as it draws near as spread and moneyline updates could provide invaluable insight into expected performances and outcomes.
Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Trends
Minnesota has covered the spread in 5 straight games, indicating the betting market continues to undervalue this team. The Gophers are also 4-2 against the spread away from home, showing they can bring their A-game on the road. With the total going OVER in 3 of their last 5 contests, Minnesota seems poised to take advantage of Iowa’s defensive issues.
Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Trends
Iowa has struggled to cover spreads, with a 1-4 record ATS over their last 5 matches. But the Hawkeyes have gone OVER the total in 8 of their last 14 home games, fueled by their fast-paced offense. Though Iowa has more overall talent, their trend of playing down to inferior opponents makes them tough to trust laying points.
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes 2/11/24 Betting Picks
Our analysis shows Minnesota holding key advantages over Iowa with their offense versus defense. The Gophers ability to score efficiently against the Hawkeyes porous defense will be the difference. We recommend betting on Minnesota in this match. Premium handicapper reviews see great value on Minnesota covering the small number.
Free Pick and Prediction: Minnesota Golden Gophers 78, Iowa Hawkeyes 74.