Iowa at Minnesota odds, picks and prediction

Johnny Parlay
| Sportsbook Wire

The No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes (7-1 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) visit the Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-1, 0-1) Friday for an 8 p.m. ET tip. Below, we analyze the Iowa-Minnesota State college basketball betting odds and lines, with picks and predictions.

Rankings courtesy of USA TODAY Sports Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll.

Iowa Minnesota:Betting odds, spread andlines

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  • Money line : Iowa -350 (bet $350 to win $100) | Minnesota +260 (bet $100 to win $260)
  • Against the spread/ATS : Iowa -6.5 (-120) | Minnesota +6.5 (+100)
  • Over/Under : 163.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Iowa at Minnesota: Three things to know

  1. Iowa bounced back from a 99-88 loss to No. 1 Gonzaga (Dec. 19) with an impressive 70-55 home victory vs. Purdue in its Big Ten opener Tuesday. Senior C Luka Garza had a game-high 22 points and 9 rebounds vs. the Boilermakers as the Hawkeyes covered as 7-point favorites. Garza leads the country with 28.4 points per game and leads Iowa with 9.1 rebounds per game Junior G Joe Wieskamp, who scored 17 points vs. Purdue, averages 16.0 PPG and 6.6 RPG.
  2. Minnesota is coming off a 90-82 non-conference win vs. Saint Louis Sunday. G Marcus Carr scored 14 of his game-high 32 points from the free-throw line in the second half as the Golden Gophers pulled off the upset as 2-point underdogs. The junior leads the Gophers with 23.9 PPG – he has scored 28 or more points in three games. Minnesota opened the season 6-0 before dropping its Big Ten opener at then-No. 13 Illinois 92-65.
  3. Iowa has won the last two meetings vs. Minnesota, sweeping last season’s series. The Hawkeyes won in Minneapolis 58-55 as 4.5-point underdogs Feb. 16, and prevailed at home 72-52 as 5-point favorites Dec. 9, 2019. The Gophers took three of the previous four meetings before that.

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Iowa at Minnesota: Odds, betting lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Iowa 90, Minnesota 81

Money line (ML)

PASS. Backing Iowa (-350) would require risking 3½ your potential return. That’s just not a wise gambling strategy.

Against the spread (ATS)

IOWA -7.5 ( -110) is worth a THREE-QUARTER UNIT WAGER. If the number climbs to 9 or higher, drop it to a half-unit bet. Minnesota’s defense has struggled early on, allowing 73.5 PPG to rank 247th in the nation. Iowa scores 95.1 PPG to rank second. The Gophers will have a tough time stopping Garza and the rest of the Hawkeyes’ offense.

ATS records: Iowa 6-2 | Minnesota 3-4-1

Over/Under (O/U)

The OVER 163.5 (-110) is the STRONGEST PLAY1½ times your usual wager. The Hawkeyes’ high-scoring offense was already mentioned. Well, their defense is nothing to write home about. They give up 70.6 PPG.

This should be a fast-pace game with Garza and Carr putting on a show.

O/U records: Iowa 7-1 | Minnesota 6-2

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Johnny’s 2020 CBK record / Strongest plays

10-14 / 3-8

2019-20 CBK record / Strongest plays

5-3 / 5-0

2020 overall record (all sports)

170-140-3

Strongest plays (all sports)

83-57-1

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