NCAA Basketball: Iowa Hawkeyes vs Indiana Hoosiers- Possible Lineups and Predictions

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January 21, 2021 11:14 pm

NCAA Basketball has had an entertaining season thus far. However, most of the action has been seen in the Big 10 Conference. With a lot of ranked teams playing in this conference, we are bound to get some scintillating matchups.

We are getting one of those exciting games between the #4 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes and the unranked Indiana Hoosiers. The Hawkeyes have been one of the best teams in college basketball all season.

They are currently 12-2, with their 2 losses coming to ranked teams like the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. They have already avenged the Minnesota loss.

The Hoosiers have a strong, but modest 8-6 record. They have had some good performances, but have lost to unranked teams like the Northwestern Wildcats and the Purdue Boilermakers. The loss to Purdue was their last game, and they will be looking to make some noise against the Hawkeyes.

But who wins this tense NCAA matchup? Will the Hawkeyes extend their winning streak to 6 or will the Hoosiers surprise everyone?

NCAA Basketball: Will the Hawkeyes continue their dominant run?

The Hawkeyes have been phenomenal. Behind the stellar play of senior and national player of the year favorite Luka Garza, the team has really found a special niche.

However, this is also because of their unselfish play. They are one of the best teams in the nation on both sides of the ball, so it will be very hard to stop them or score on them.

Dec 8, 2020; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Joe Wieskamp (10) and forward Jack Nunge (2) react as guard Jordan Bohannon (3) looks on during the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Hoosiers are a strong defensive team but struggle at defending three-pointers. This bodes well for them, as they may be able to limit the damage that Garza does. However, it won’t be enough to keep this entire team off their backs.

The Hawkeyes will start with Connor McCaffery, Joe Wisekamp, CJ Frederick, Jordan Bohannon, and Luka Garza. Meanwhile, the Hoosiers will take the floor with Rob Phinisee, Trey Galloway, Aljami Durham, Race Thompson, and Trayce Jackson-Davis.

We predict that the Hawkeyes comfortably win this ahead of their pictures against Illinois and Ohio State.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. He has previously written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda.com, and WhatCulture.com. In that time, he has covered a wide variety of sports, including pro wrestling. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication.

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