B10 Illinois vs. Iowa Spread and Prediction (3-8-20)

Though both of these Big Ten squads are safely in the NCAA Tournament, we believe Illinois has extra motivation with a good chance to finish among the top-4 in the jam-up standings and earn a coveted double-bye in the conference tourney next week at Indianapolis. Can the Illini finish the regular season with an important win over their conference rival? Sunday night’s Illinois vs. Iowa preview, courtesy of The Gold Sheet:

Date/Time: 03-8-2020, 19:00 EDT
Opening Spread: Illinois -3.5
Opening Total: 148.5

Certainly, Iowa’s national player of the year candidate 6-11 junior C Luka Garza has NBA scouts drooling, but we doubt he hits 4-of-9 from deep as he did in his team’s 72-65 home win over Illinois on Super Bowl Sunday. With the Illini’s 7-0 frosh C Kofi Cockburn making it tough (again) for Garza to get comfy in the paint area and marvelous 6-5 sophomore G Ayo Dosunmu (16.4 points per game) taking over in crunch time, we believe that the Illini will convincingly snap their frustrating five-game losing skid vs. Hawkeyes. Iowa’s defense is allowing 11 more points per game on the road (78) than at home (67).

Illinois vs. Iowa Pick: Illinois 78 – Iowa 66

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