It’s a crowded card on Tuesday from the afternoon to late at night on the west coast. There is no shortage of action to be bad today if you’re a college basketball fan. We have a small conference matchup covered today along with the Big Ten. The North Dakota Fighting Hawks of the Summit League and Drake Bulldogs of the Missouri Valley Conference are scheduled to meet at Des Moines tonight. If you’re looking for more college basketball picks, then consider a look at that matchup at TheSportsGeek.
We stay in the state of Iowa for our Big Ten selection on Tuesday. The game of the day in the Big Ten is in Iowa City at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the campus of the University of Iowa. Iowa are looking to remain hot as they welcome the Purdue Boilermakers for what should be a fairly entertaining matchup. Both teams have been playing pretty well to open the season. The Big Ten, like college basketball as a whole, is wide open for any team to take.
There are going to be some wild conference tournaments and the NCAA Tournament is going to be available for any school to take. It could be a small school that wins it all in 2021. That would not be a surprise, especially the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who have looked like an unstoppable force and rank No. 1 in the country. Gonzaga winning might be the most unlikely scenario unfolding in the NCAA this season. I’m sure it’s not going to be that easy for Gonzaga, though.
Purdue hopes to keep pace with the Hawkeyes in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers aren’t the only team gunning for Iowa. The entire conference is behind them going into the Christmas Break. There are only three teams ahead of Iowa in the country, as they go into this matchup at No. 4. Kansas, Baylor, and Gonzaga round out the top-4 in the NCAA. I have no qualms with those teams leading the rankings. The Hawkeyes enter Tuesday with a record of 6-1, with their only loss against Gonzaga on Saturday, 99-88. They will look to bounce back against the 6-2 Boilermakers at home. Head below for our free Purdue vs. Iowa pick for December 22, 2020.
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Iowa was making it look really easy on the court before they ran into Gonzaga on Saturday. Even against North Carolina, Iowa made it look easy in a 93-80 win on December 8. Before losing to Purdue, the Tar Heels were the only team that threatened the Hawkeyes even in the slightest. Their five other wins were complete blowouts from the opening tip off. Did the loss against Gonzaga do something for their confidence or are they going to bounce right back?
Despite the loss against the Bulldogs, the Purdue offense continued to play well. There might not be a defense in the country that can match up with Gonzaga and slow them down, so we’ll give the Hawkeyes a pass for that blemish. Statistically Iowa has been dominant with an average of 98.7 points scored per game. There isn’t another team in the NCAA that has scored more points than Iowa has this season.
It’s unlikely that Purdue is going to be able to bother them too much in that regard. Iowa’s Luka Garza has been unguardable from everywhere on the floor. The future NBA’er has been a matchup nightmare for opposing teams. Garza has scored 29.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He is shooting a whopping 69.6% from the field, including 61.9% from deep.
As a 6’11” center, Garza shows incredible touch from beyond the arc. While he’s big, Garza can shoot like a guard from the floor. Garza is not overly athletic, though, so that could work against him in the NBA. However, Nikola Jokic isn’t the most athletic and he makes it work as a big man. Expect him to take another game over on Tuesday night. Gonzaga beat Iowa by simply outscoring them with a high-octane offense. They failed to contain the Iowa offense, too. The Boilermakers do not have the same offensive punch as Gonzaga does to keep up. I’m on Iowa to win here by 10 points in a 80-70 type of game.