- Michigan is a four-point home favorite over Iowa on Wednesday night in a Big Ten game at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor
- The game features two of the nation’s top centers in Iowa’s Luka Garza and Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson
- The odds, lines and spread along with a prediction for Iowa-Michigan can be found below
Michigan, led by fabulous freshman Hunter Dickinson, continues its quest for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament when it hosts Iowa at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday in a Big Ten game at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor.
#3 Michigan has won five straight games since its lone loss to Minnesota and is 16-1 overall and 11-1 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are 11-0 at home, have been winners against the spread in four of their last five games and are favorites again in this game.
#9 Iowa (17-6, 11-5) is on a four-game winning streak. The Hawkeyes are 5-3 on the road.
Iowa vs Michigan Odds
|Iowa||+150||+4 (-109)||Over 156.5 (-109)|
|Michigan||-186||-4 (-113)||Under 156.5 (-112)|
Odds taken Feb. 24 from DraftKings
Dickinson Fabulous Freshman
Dickinson, a 7-foot-1 center, has emerged as an All-America candidate in his first collegiate season. KenPom.com rates him as the sixth-best player in the country.
Dickinson is averaging 15.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots a game while shooting 63.9%. He had 22 points, nine rebounds and made all six free throw attempts Sunday to lead Michigan to a 92-87 victory at #4 Ohio State as a 1.5-point favorite.
— B/R Hoops (@brhoops) February 21, 2021
It marked the fourth time this season Dickinson had at least 20 points. He has also been the Big Ten Freshman of the Week seven times, tying Trey Burke’s school record in 2011-12.
Senior guard Eli Brooks scored 17 points, including two free throws with two seconds remaining that iced the victory. It was just the second time he reached double figures in the last seven games.
Michigan, which shot 53.4% (31 of 58), also got 15 points in 23 minutes off the bench from senior guard Chaundree Brown Jr. He had scored a total of 17 points in the previous four games.
Senior forward Isaiah Livers scored in double digits for the eighth time in nine games with 12 points. He is averaging 14.4 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 86.0% from the free throw line.
🎙 🏆 FINALIST! 🎙
Congrats to Isaiah Livers after he was named a FINALIST for the @Hoophall Julius Erving Award for the nation's top small forward!
— Michigan Men's Basketball (@umichbball) February 24, 2021
Senior guard Mike Smith had 11 points and seven assists. He has dished out at least six dimes in nine of the last 11 games.
Garza Climbs to Top
Dickinson will face Iowa senior center Luka Garza for the first time. Garza is ranked as the nation’s top player by KenPom and became the Hawkeyes’ all-time leading scoring Sunday when they beat visiting Penn States 74-68 as 10-point choices.
Garza had 23 points to raise his career total to 2,126 while passing Roy Marble (1985-89) on the school leaderboard. Garza also recorded his 10th double-double of the season as he pulled down 11 rebounds.
Luka Garza @LukaG_55 is now Iowa's all-time leading scorer, passing the great Roy Marble. Garza scored 23 in the win over Penn State.
Hawkeye fans give us your thoughts on Garza, the record, and what he's meant to Iowa basketball? Highlights courtesy of Hawkeye athletics pic.twitter.com/BWHFP8vorS
— SoundOFF (@SoundOFF13) February 22, 2021
Garza leads the nation in scoring with a 24.7 average to go with 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks a game. He is shooting 56.0% overall, 44.0% on 3-point attempts and has just 34 turnovers in 701 minutes.
Against Penn State, Garza scored 10 consecutive points to spark a 13-2 run in the second half that snapped a 50-50 tie and sent Iowa on its way to victory.
Sophomore forward CJ Fredrick had 18 points, his first double-digit effort since Jan. 13. He had missed four of the previous eight games because of a lower leg injury.
— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) February 22, 2021
Fredrick’s 140.3 offensive rating is the third-best mark in the country, according to KenPom, and Iowa is first in adjusted offensive efficiency with 126.9 points per 100 possessions.
Doing The Splits
This is the only game scheduled between the schools this season after each won on its home floor in 2019-20. Michigan notched a 103-91 victory as a seven-point favorite and Iowa won 90-83 as a 5.5-point pick.
Garza had a combined 77 points and 15 rebounds in the two games, including a 44-point effort at Iowa City. Franz Wagner scored 18 points in each game for Michigan.
The matchup between the veteran Garza and the newcomer Dickinson in the paint should be most interesting. Look for Garza, though, to get the better of the youngster and help Iowa keep things close.
Pick: Iowa +4 (-109)
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