#20 Iowa Hawkeyes (16-6) vs. Indiana Hoosiers (16-6) – 9:00 PM EST, Thursday, February 7 at Assembly Hall Bloomington, IN
Betting Line: PICK
Over/Under: 147.5 at 5Dimes
The 20th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes will hope to continue their hot form in NCAA play when they head to the fabled Assembly Hall to take on an Indiana team coming off a big win of their own.
Iowa fans stormed the court in their last game after a convincing 15-point win over 5th ranked Michigan, which snapped a two-game losing streak. They now hit the road to face an Indiana team that is 13-9 and only 4-7 in the Big 10. Indiana snapped its seven-game skid, taking down the sixth-ranked Michigan State in OT in their last game.
The Hawkeyes have 17 wins and are ranked, but if they suffer a loss in this game they will only be .500 in Big 10 play. On top of that they are only 2-3 on the road this season while the Hoosiers have won 10 of their 12 home games on the season. Iowa is led by their offense, which ranks 28th in the nation averaging 81.9 ppg and while they have had issues on defense they held Michigan to only 59 points in their last game.
Indiana may have saved their season with their win over Michigan State in their last game. They still have work to do to get in the Big Dance conversation, but beating Michigan State and then a ranked Iowa team will look great on their post-season resume. The Hoosiers only averaged 67.4 ppg in their seven-game losing streak before putting up 79 points against a solid Michigan State defense, so Iowa has to be a little more than concerned.
This season Indiana is 10-2 at home and Wisconsin is 2-3 on the road.
This season Iowa is 11-11 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 10-12 and Indiana is at 8-13 ATS with an Over/Under record of 7-14.
This is the first game between these Big 10 rivals this season.
Indiana has covered the spread in five of their last six games facing Iowa.
In their win over 5th ranked Michigan in their last game Iowa busted out early outscoring Michigan by 13 points in the first half. For the game, they did not have the best FG% of 45.6%, but they shot the 3-pointer well and stymied the Wolverines holding them to a FG% of only 32.3%. Luka Garza led the way for Iowa in the game with 19 points on 8/12 shooting and eight rebounds, Joe Wieskamp had 16 points, and Ryan Kriener came off the bench to more than double his season average with 15 points.
Tyler Cook leads the Hawkeyes on the season averaging 16.2 ppg, but even in beating Michigan he struggled only scoring seven points on 2/9 shooting. Garza ranks 2nd on the team in scoring at 15.1 ppg and he has averaged 21.2 ppg in his last five games.
Indiana beat Michigan State in their last game where they had a little Lady Luck on their side. They shot a lower FG% than the Spartans (38.9% to 45.3%), but MSU shot a paltry FT percentage of 36.4% missing 14 of their 22 free throws in the OT loss.
Five players for Indiana scored in double figures in the win over Michigan State led by Romeo Langford with 19 points, who was only 6/18 from the floor, and Justin Smith had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Langford in the leading scorer on the season (17.4 ppg) and he has totaled 39 points in his last two games after only totaling 25 points in his previous three games.
Iowa Hawkeyes betting trends
- 6-2 ATS in their last eight games
- 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 road games
- Over record of 5-2-1 in their last eight road games
Indiana Hoosiers betting trends
- 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games
- 1-5 ATS in their last six games
- Under record of 7-1 in their last eight games.
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers betting prediction
Both teams in this Big 10 match-up are coming off big wins, but we have to go with Indiana simply because they are at home.
Iowa only has two road wins this season and will not add to that total in this game.
In a close game the Hoosiers will win in their house and cover the spread keeping their Big Dance hopes alive.
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