Big Ten First Round Preview: Iowa vs. Northwestern Predictions 3/14/13

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CappersInfo is back with its Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats picks and predictions, as we look to give you all of the college basketball advice and tips that you need to beat your online sportsbook for this crucial Thursday night tilt.

Big Ten Tournament Picks: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Thursday, March 14th, 9:00 ET
Location: United Center, Chicago, IL
Iowa vs. Northwestern Live TV: ESPN2

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Oh, Iowa fans! You all had best be careful in this one. The Hawkeyes are going to be asked to lay a ton of points in this game, and it just isn’t something that is justifiable when push comes to shove. This is a huge pressure situation for Iowa, knowing that it absolutely has to win this game and the quarterfinal matchup against the Michigan State Spartans to even think about making it to the NCAA Tournament this year. Northwestern is probably the worst team in the Big Ten at the moment, knowing that the team has been beaten and battered by injuries, especially down the stretch of the season. Will Iowa find a way to get out of this game alive? Of course it probably will. However, to lay this many points in a conference championship game is a bit nuts. Northwestern’s stars, led by G Reggie Hearn have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain. We saw the team play loose and push Michigan State in East Lansing for the majority of the 40 minutes over the weekend, and we think that that could be the case in this one once again. If Head Coach Fran McCafferty and his gang aren’t careful, this one could be Upset City. We don’t think it’ll be that bad, but we want to have those points when it counts.

Iowa vs. Northwestern Pick: Northwestern Wildcats +10
Big Ten First Round Prediction: Iowa 64 – Northwestern 61

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