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Iowa Basketball Matchup First (2nd) Look: Northwestern

Can Iowa make it five straight losses for Northwestern?

NCAA Basketball: Northwestern at Iowa
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Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Iowa Hawkeyes have been sidelined for the last week given the cancellation of Iowa’s Thursday matchup with Michigan State. The Hawkeyes will be back on the court on Sunday looking for a season sweep against Northwestern.

Iowa won the first matchup against the Wildcats 87-72 on the back of a balanced attack. Iowa got a 24-point night out of Jordan Bohannon, who shot 6/9 from beyond the arc, while getting 19 from CJ Fredrick, 18 from Luka Garza and 10 points from Joe Wieskamp.

Northwestern was led not by their season leading scorer Miller Kopp, who had 11 points on the night, but by big man Pete Nance, who finished with 21 points on 34 shooting from beyond the arc.

Since losing to Iowa, the Wildcats have been on a skid. They’ve now lost four straight, included the trip to Iowa City, but it is worth noting each team they’ve lost to in that stretch (Iowa, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio State) were all ranked with three of those games on the road.

Here’s your first second look at Iowa’s matchup with Northwestern.

Matchup: #5 Iowa Hawkeyes (11-2, 5-1) at Northwestern Wildcats (6-5, 3-4)
When: Sunday, January 17th at 11:00 am CT
Where: Welsh-Ryan Arena - Evanston, IL
Video Streaming:
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network (click to find your local station)
Audio Streaming: TuneIn Radio

Statistical Overview


Points Per Game: 91.9
Points Allowed Per Game: 73.2
Rebounds Per Game: 41.6
Assists Per Game: 21.3
Blocks Per Game: 4.6
Steals Per Game: 6.8


Points Per Game: 78.4
Points Allowed Per Game: 70.0
Rebounds Per Game: 36.4
Assists Per Game: 17.3
Blocks Per Game: 2.4
Steals Per Game: 5.8

Statistical Leaders


Scoring: Luka Garza 27.6 PPG
Rebounds: Luka Garza 8.6 RPG
Assists: Jordan Bohannon 4.9 APG


Scoring: Miller Copp 14.0 PPG
Rebounds: Ryan Young 5.8RPG
Assists: Boo Buie 5.0 APG

Advanced Stats

Adjusted Offense
IOWA 123.4 (2) NORTHWESTERN 108.6 (63)
Adjusted Defense
IOWA 96.0 (69) NORTHWESTERN 95.6 (62)
Adjusted Tempo
IOWA 71.4 (67) NORTHWESTERN 70.3 (110)
Adjusted Efficiency Margin
IOWA +27.41 (3) NORTHWESTERN +13.02 (59)

Projected Outcome

Final: Iowa 83, Northwestern 75
Total Possessions: 72
Win Likelihood Percentage: 77%

Note: Advanced stats are taken from National rankings are provided following each metric. Adjusted offense and defense metrics measure the points scored per 100 possessions, adjusted for quality of opponent, location and when it was played (more recent gets more weighting). Adjusted tempo is defined as total possessions divided by minutes, adjusted for schedule considering the preferred pace of each team.