We're moving closer to tipoff in Iowa City as Northwestern looks to end its four-game losing streak against the No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes. It's the fourth game of a brutal four-game stretch for the Wildcats, who have suffered consecutive 30-point defeats at the hands of Indiana and Michigan State.
Iowa is fresh off a tough loss at Maryland, its first loss in Big Ten play. Iowa won its first seven conference games by a combined 84 points, and it's that impressive start that saw Iowa skyrocket into the top five and establish itself as a legitimate threat to win the Big Ten. Per Kenpom.com, Iowa is the second best team in the country.
As far as pregame reading goes, we've got you covered:
- Here's how to watch/follow the game. Spoiler alert: TV Coverage is on BTN and tip is set for 2 p.m. CT
- Henry Bushnell previews the matchup and lays out the scenarios that would have to come true for Northwestern to escape with a victory.
If you're not lucky enough to be in Iowa City, join in on the in-game discussion below. Let's start with the spread: Iowa is favored by just 11.5 after opening as a 16.5-point favorite. Is that line too high? Too low?
Let us know down below, and stay with us throughout the duration of the game.