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Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats Preview and Predictions 01-14-2020


Iowa looks to build off one of its best wins of the season when it visits Northwestern on Tuesday in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes bounced back from a disappointing 76-70 loss to Nebraska with a 67-49 rout of No. 14 Maryland on Friday to earn their second victory over a ranked opponent this season, and they hope to climb up the conference standings by notching their first true road win since Dec. 12.

"A lot of people were counting us out," Iowa forward Joe Wieskamp told reporters. "We could either fold or band together with the guys we have to compete and that's what we decided to do." Northwestern picked up its first Big Ten win of the season by holding off Nebraska 62-57 on Saturday. The injury-ravaged Wildcats had dropped their previous five games, including four by five points or fewer, before matching a season high with 10 3-pointers against the Cornhuskers. "It was a really good win for us and a lot of times people don't realize the commitment that goes in for these players," Northwestern coach Chris Collins told reporters. "You put that kind of investment into it and you don't get to taste some success then it can be hard."

TIME: 8 p.m. ET. TV: Big Ten Network

ABOUT IOWA (11-5, 2-3 Big Ten): Wieskamp knocked down five 3-pointers en route to a career-high 26 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the win against Maryland to record his second double-double of the campaign. Luka Garza added 21 points and 13 rebounds against the Terrapins to become the first Iowa player to record 10 double-doubles in a season since Greg Brunner in 2005-06. Ryan Kriener scored seven points and grabbed six boards. C.J. Fredrick is expected to miss his third straight game with a stress reaction in his foot.

ABOUT NORTHWESTERN (6-9, 1-4): Miller Kopp led the team in scoring for the third time this season as he finished with 15 points and five rebounds in the win against Nebraska. Pat Spencer added 14 points and eight boards against the Cornhuskers to finish in double figures for the third consecutive game, which is the longest stretch of his career. A.J. Turner scored 11 points and pulled down five rebounds in his second game back after recovering from a thigh injury while Robbie Beran tallied 10 points and 10 boards to record the first double-double of his career.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Wieskamp is averaging 23 points over his last four Big Ten outings.

2. Northwestern has dropped 20 of its last 25 conference games.

3. Garza has six double-doubles in his last seven games.

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