ESB “GAME OF NIGHT”: WISKY @ IOWA PREVIEW (1-27)
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CAN WISCONSIN CONTINUE IT’S DOMINANCE OVER IOWA AGAIN TONIGHT IN KEY BIG 10 GAME?
VEGAS BETTING ODDS: IOWA (-5 1/2) vs. WISCONSIN ~ TOTAL: (135)
WISCONSIN: (12-8) – (5-4 BIG 10) ~ #19 IOWA: (14-5) – (5-3 BIG 10)
MONDAY NIGHT JAN. 27th, 2020 – BIG 10 NETWORK TV – 830PM/EST
Much like yesterday we have another pivotal Big 10 game as the Wisconsin Badgers travel to take on the surging Iowa Hawkeyes for battle to grab an all important win for down the road when the Big Dance committee has to choose a small amount of teams from a large pot of teams. We told you yesterday we expected Maryland and Indiana to be tight and maybe even end up in Overtime. It almost did as Maryland snuck out of town with a gigantic 1 point Road win. The Badgers would love to have the same type of result as winning on the Road this year in Big 10 play has been proven to be a very difficult task.
Last year Wisconsin won both meetings, 72-66 in Iowa and then 65-45 in Madison. They have actually won 4 of the last 5 here at tonight’s venue, Carver-Hawkeye Arena. They also have owned this Series winning 8 of the last 10 meetings.
Iowa started Big 10 play just (1-3) and now have won 4 straight games, including 3 straight wins over ranked teams. They have now won 8 straight Home games and surely would love to exact some revenge against the Badgers for the season sweep last year. The Hawkeyes like to play fast, and the Badgers like to play it slow, as evidence by their 5th lowest amount of possessions per game in the entire nation. Iowa has the #3 Adjusted Efficiency Offense and they average a mighty 80.2 points per game. The very interesting stat here for this game is the most points the Badgers have allowed all season is 72 points (8 points under Iowa’s avg. points per game). Wisconsin has the #300 scoring Offense so they must hang their hat on solid and relentless Defense tonight and not allow this game into a track meet.
Wisconsin is more old school style and that frustrates opponents at times. They do not want you to score inside the paint. They held Ohio State to just 57 points and Maryland to just 54 points. The Badgers come in off back to back really pathetic Road performances (both losses by 70-51 and 67-55 scores). They have shown they can get road wins too though, beating Tennessee, Penn State and Ohio State. They do not foul as they have allowed the #27 fewest FT’s in all of CBB. One would ask then how the Hell do they have 8 losses? Well they are dead last in the Big 10 defending the 3-ball and tonight will be tasked with slowing down the #2 Big 10 three pointing team (Iowa, 36%). The recipe for success of failure in tonight’s hopes for a Badgers win lies simply in one simple stat: (1-4) when allowing 69+ points and (11-4) when allowing under 69 points. Their toughest task this season will be trying to keep this Hawkeyes team under it’s 80.2 points per game average. The Badgers also come off a blowout loss where they were out rebounded (42-16).
BEST PLAYER ON COURT TONIGHT:
Iowa’s Big Man Luke Garza is making a case for National Player of the Year as he now has 11 double-doubles and is averaging (23.2) points and (10.3) rebounds per game. If he can have his way inside the paint tonight, this will turn into another Wisconsin blowout loss. He is 20-52 from 3-land (38%), 56% FG% and he crashes the Offensive glass and has a really solid 71 Offensive Rebounds.
IOWA A TICKET CASHING MACHINE OF LATE:
Iowa is (7-1-2) Against the Spread it’s last 10 games.
Clearly these two teams have played the same styles this season as they have in past seasons, with Badgers slow and methodical and Iowa fast and loose. That plan has turned out to work much better for the Big Red (Wisky) over the past 5 seasons combined. It’s clear that the Badgers effort in their last game and blowout loss to Purdue was possibly it’s worst of the season, if not the past few seasons. Most well coached teams don’t come into back to back games with a terrible “effort performance”. Yes teams will have back to back poor shooting nights, but a Greg Gard coached team won’t come in again with a lack of hustle and effort again. Iowa is now and has seemed to be a streaky team for years now. They have kids who can light it up from deep and tonight you are almost assured they shoot a ton of 3’s. Why? Because Wisky begs you to shoot harder 3’s than allowing you much easier hoops in the paint. Does Wisky have anyone this season who can guard Garza? No and No way. Wisky shot it’s way right out of it’s last game going (0-8) from 3-land in the first half. They must get back to the basics they win with. Move the ball and get the ball inside to possibly get Garza into foul trouble. Iowa is a different team when Garza isn’t on court. These teams at times are both head scratchers. They at times look Final 4 good, and other times barely Big Dance worthy. But as we approach February and 12 of the 14 Big Ten teams ranked in the Top 40, we know one thing: WINS vs. EACH OTHER in the end when 4 teams vie for maybe one final spot will come into play. Hence the winner tonight adds a gigantic “W” in their final resume at the end of the season. Yesterday we expected a close game and this one likely is close too, but in the end it will be Iowa grabbing the “W” and gaining a little revenge for two losses last year to the Big Red boys.
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