[9:05 PM] Iowa @ Notre Dame

Who will WIN this matchup?

Iowa Hawkeyes (3-3)

@ Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-0)


Picked to finish seventh in the preseason ACC poll despite returning most of its core from last year’s Elite Eight squad, Notre Dame upended Northwestern 70-66 in the Legend Classic last Tuesday. The Irish parlayed their first in-season tournament title in six years into a 91-60 rout of Chicago on Saturday, draining a season-high 17 3-pointers for their fourth win of at least 25 points.

Iowa is in danger of falling below .500 for the first time since coach Fran McCaffery’s first season at the helm in 2010-11 and has lost three of four overall, including a 74-41 pummeling at the hands of No. 6 Virginia during last weekend’s Emerald Coast Classic for their most lopsided loss since a 34-point drubbing at Michigan State in 2011-12. The Hawkeyes did beat the Irish in 2013 to start their three-game winning streak in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, but Notre Dame edged Iowa at the Advocare Invitational last season and holds a 9-6 lead in the all-time series.

Peter Jok (25.3 points) ranks second in Division I in scoring and enjoyed the best offensive performance by a Hawkeye in 40 years in Saturday’s 100-92 loss to Memphis, going 11-of-16 from the field, 8-of-11 beyond the arc and 12-of-12 from the foul line. Iowa wasted the 42-point performance by giving up 54 points in the paint as well as 22 second-chance points and allowing 100 points in a game for the first time since 2012. Freshman forward Tyler Cook (13.7) is Iowa’s only other double-digit scorer and has been a steady complement to Jok so far, averaging 15.2 points on 30-of-48 from the field in five outings since a six-point effort on 1-of-7 shooting in his college debut.

Sophomore forward Matt Ryan (7.7 points) had it going Saturday, coming off the bench to knock down a personal-best 7-of-14 3-pointers (including his first five attempts in his first six minutes of action) on his way to a career-high 23 points to help the Irish overcome an early deficit. Bonzie Colson – a 6-5 junior forward – has posted three straight double-doubles and leads the team in scoring (17.2), rebounding (9.7) and blocks (1.3).

The Irish lead the country in fewest turnovers (7.5) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.47).

StreakSmarts Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick