Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

IL vs. Iowa - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

IL vs. Iowa - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

No longer winless in the Big Ten, Iowa needed a dominant second-half offensive effort and a healthy dose of free throws and rebounding to take down IL in overtime. Unlike Iowa, Fighting Illini games have a tendency to go under the projected point total (69.2 percent).

But Iowa fought back in the second half outscoring IL 49-36.

Iowa led 90-87 with 5.2 seconds remaining when Frazier took the inbounds pass, drove the court, crossed up Maishe Dailey, and hit a runner with under a second remaining to send the game to overtime.

Iowa fell behind by 20 points at IL, before coming back to win, 104-97 in overtime. Isaiah Moss was the top scorer from either team with 25 points on 10-for-16 shooting.

Cook and Garza both posted double-doubles and a total of five Hawkeyes reached double figures.

By points, the biggest comeback in school history was on November 17, 2012, in a home game against Gardner-Webb.

In the Hawkeyes' last outing, they were thoroughly outplayed by the Maryland Terrapins, 91-73. Baer's 3-pointer pulled Iowa into a 79-79 knot with 5:45 left and Garza's layup with 3:02 to go pushed the Hawkeyes to their first lead since 4-2 at 18:32 of the first half.

"Frazier is quite a player", McCaffery said. "We were down 20 in the first half, but we weren't down 20 at halftime".

Frazier, who led the Illini with 27 points, knocked down another 3 with 1:15 to go.

In their last five games, Iowa is 2-3 ATS with 5 overs.

Meanwhile, Ryan Kriener sparked Iowa in the second half off the bench.

According to the University of Iowa Sports Information, it's Iowa's second largest road comeback in school history.

Freshman Luka Garza was a non-factor in the first half against IL on Thursday, scoring two points and grabbing five rebounds in 14 minutes.

"We came out right from the jump in the second half, " Garza said.

The Washingon, D.C., native scored 17 of his 19 points in second half and overtime and he grabbed six more rebounds to finish off his third double-double of the season.

At one point in the second half, Garza scored 8 straight points, as the Hawks improved to 1-4 in the Big. McCaffery said after the game. "When Luka came in, he came in with energy and confidence".

Iowa returns to actions Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Rutgers. He had played well up until that point, and he was looking for the opportunity. He saw a doctor in Minneapolis before the Illini played the Golden Gophers.

The Hawkeyes had 17 offensive rebounds, turning them into 18 second-chance points. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (CT) in Piscataway, New Jersey.

The game looked like what it was expected to be: Two teams fighting wildly and desperately to get their first Big Ten win.

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