Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Golden Gophers and Hawkeyes. The game is starting at 3:00 ET on BTN, and it's hosted by the Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA. Get ready to place your bets! This Big Ten conference matchup has an over/under of 154 points, and Iowa is favored to win by -6.5 at home vs. Minnesota.

MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS VS IOWA HAWKEYES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes -6.5

This game will be played at Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 3:00 ET on Sunday, February 11th.

WHY BET THE IOWA HAWKEYES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Hawkeyes.
  • Not only will Iowa pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -6.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 154 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Taking a Look at the Golden Gophers Chances on the Road

Minnesota heads into this game as a 6.5-point underdog, and they have gone 4-6 in their ten games as the underdog this season. They are 15-7 overall, and they have won their last two games. On the road, Minnesota is 2-4 this season, and they are coming off a 59-56 win over Michigan State.

For the season, Minnesota has an average scoring margin of -6.5 points per game on the road, and they have gone 3-7 in their last ten road games. So far, they have gone 5-5 in Big Ten play, and they are 10-2 in non-conference games.

As the underdog this season, Minnesota has a record of 7-3 vs. the spread. On the road, the Golden Gophers have gone 4-2 ATS this year and they are 5-5 in their last 10 road games vs. the spread. In their last 10 games as the underdog, Minnesota has an impressive ATS mark of 8-2.

So far this season, the over/under record for Minnesota games is 10-11. The average scoring total in their games this season is 143.4, which is almost exactly in line with the average over/under line of 143.5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 137 points, which is slightly lower than the season average.

In their latest game, Minnesota offense put up 59 points against Michigan State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 43.2% and made 9 threes. For the season, the Minnesota offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 47%. So far, they have hit 56% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 7.8 made three's per contest.

Minnesota's defense has been playing well, ranking 71st nationally, with 67.6 points allowed per game. The Minnesota defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 56 points and allowed Michigan State to connect on 9 threes.

Pressure Builds for Iowa as Home Favorites

After losing their last game to Penn State, the Iowa Hawkeyes will be looking to bounce back and improve their record to 12-4 at home. So far this season, the Hawkeyes have been favored in 14 of their 23 games, and they have gone 11-3 in those games.

On the other hand, Iowa has gone just 2-7 as the underdog this season, and they will be favored by 6.5 points against Minnesota. The Hawkeyes have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at home, and their average scoring margin at home this season is +13.5.

As the favorite this season, Iowa has gone 6-8 vs. the spread. At home, they are just 6-9 ATS this year and have gone 0-3 ATS in their last three home games. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Hawkeyes are 4-6 vs. the spread.

Today's over/under line of 154 for the Iowa Hawkeyes' game against Minnesota is lower than the average over/under line of 160.8 in their games this season. So far, 18 of their games have finished with more points than today's line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 155 points.

In their recent matchup, the Iowa offense ended with 79 points against Penn State. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 55.9% and made 4 threes. Leading Iowa in scoring vs. Penn State was Ben Krikke with his 22 points. Tony Perkins also added 11 points for the Hawkeyes.

The Hawkeyes' defense is presently ranked 298th nationally, allowing an average of 77.7 points per contest. So far, the Iowa defense is giving up an average of 10.3 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 9.7 times per game (392nd).