Dave's College Basketball Picks, March 12: No. 10 Iowa vs. No. 7 Michigan
No. 10 Iowa (15-16, 5-13) against No. 7 Michigan (19-12, 9-9)
Line: Michigan -5.5
Iowa won their final regular season game 75-67 at home against Penn State. The game was a three point shooting contest with 58 attempts made from behind the arch by the two teams combined. Iowa connected on 10 long balls with the Nittany Lions, hitting just seven. Iowa also enjoyed a 39 to 25 rebounding edge which speaks well of the Hawkeyes who were not playing for position in the standings but still out hustled the opponent.
Michigan also tasted victory in their final Big Ten regular season game by a 67-64 margin over Minnesota in Williams Arena. Both teams shot well, but Michigan had the most success from three point range, making nine compared to Minnesota’s two. DeShawn Sims led the scoring charge with a game high 24 points for the Wolverines.
Iowa is 16-10 against the spread, including 8-6 on the road
Michigan is 15-10-1 against the spread, including 5-7-1 on the road
These two teams split in the regular season with both teams winning at home. Although I am impressed with Iowa’s game on Saturday, they still have won just three of their last 12 games. Of the nine losses, six were by more than the line for this game.
Michigan has been road warriors as of late, playing seven out of their last 11 games on the road. Michigan won five of those games and played Purdue twice, UConn and Michigan State during the stretch. Michigan has the go-to guys in and Manny Harris that should propel them past Iowa.
Dave’s Pick: Michigan -5.5
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