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Iowa Basketball Matchup First Look: Illinois

Can Iowa bounce back after a miserable loss last Thursday?

NCAA Basketball: Illinois at Missouri
Iowa will have their hands full with Illinois’ dynamic duo.
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After an incredibly frustrating loss to Indiana last week, Iowa Hawkeyes are looking to get back on track and pick up ground on the idle Michigan Wolverines in the Big Ten. They get their first chance to do just that on Friday night as they hit the road to take on Illinois.

The Illini come in after more than a week of rest as well, but took down Penn State in their last outing 9 days ago. That stopped what had been a two-game losing streak as Illinois fell at home to Maryland and Ohio State. This will be the Illini’s fourth straight home game.

Here’s your first look at Iowa’s matchup with Illinois.

Matchup: #7 Iowa Hawkeyes (12-3, 6-2) at #19 Illinois Fighting Illini (10-5, 6-3)
When: Friday, January 29th at 8:00 pm CT
Where: State Farm Center - Champaign, IL
Video Streaming:
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network (click to find your local station)
Audio Streaming: TuneIn Radio

Statistical Overview


Points Per Game: 90.7
Points Allowed Per Game: 73.7
Rebounds Per Game: 41.8
Assists Per Game: 20.9
Blocks Per Game: 4.6
Steals Per Game: 6.3


Points Per Game: 82.9
Points Allowed Per Game: 68.9
Rebounds Per Game: 40.5
Assists Per Game: 17.3
Blocks Per Game: 3.1
Steals Per Game: 5.3

Statistical Leaders


Scoring: Luka Garza 26.9 PPG
Rebounds: Luka Garza 8.9 RPG
Assists: Jordan Bohannon 4.7 APG


Scoring: Ayo Dosunmu 21.7 PPG
Rebounds: Kofi Cockburn 10.3 RPG
Assists: Ayo Dosunmu 4.9 APG

Advanced Stats

Adjusted Offense
IOWA 124.4 (1) ILLINOIS 116.4 (8)
Adjusted Defense
IOWA 97.3 (99) ILLINOIS 91.7 (23)
Adjusted Tempo
IOWA 71.1 (70) ILLINOIS 70.9 (72)
Adjusted Efficiency Margin
IOWA +27.06 (4) ILLINOIS +24.71 (9)

Projected Outcome

Final: Illinois 83, Iowa 82
Total Possessions: 72
Win Likelihood Percentage: 48%

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.