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Hawkeyes face Northwestern Wildcats: NCAAB odds preview and stats

Iowa HawkeyesNorthwestern Wildcats
Feb 9, 9:00 PM | Welsh-Ryan Arena

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds

13-11TEAM RECORD14-8

The Northwestern Wildcats will try to pay off for their supporters on Thursday when they play host to the Hawkeyes at Welsh-Ryan Arena in NCAAB action.

The Wildcats are 14-8 so far on the season, and 8-9 ATS vs. the number. The Hawkeyes, meanwhile, are 13-11 and 11-8 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Northwestern go 11-6 and the Hawkeyes go 12-6-1 on the totals.

View Iowa vs Northwestern Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Hawkeyes listed as 7-point underdogs

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 218 (Wildcats) and the No. 189 (Hawkeyes) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 75-73 result in favor of the Wildcats has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Northwestern's No. 146-ranked scoring average of 69.6 PPG, against a Hawkeyes defense rated No. 284 and allowing 72 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 45.2% to date this season, less than the Hawkeyes shooters have managed so far (45.3% per game).

Defensively, Iowa features the nation's No. 333-rated defense on the road, allowing 80.9 points per game. Northwestern, meanwhile, comes in at No. 152 nationally in scoring at home.

Iowa won its last outing, a 77-64 result against Penn State on February 4. They covered in that game as a 6-point favorite. Matt Gatens scored 18 points leading the Hawkeyes to a 77-64 victory over Penn State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday.

In their last action, Northwestern was a 74-70 winner on the road against Illinois. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. John Shurna scored 24 points leading the Wildcats to a 74-70 victory over Illinois at University of Illinois Assembly Hall on Sunday.

Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Penn State are 5-5
After playing Penn State are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Purdue are 5-5
After playing Illinois are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

A few Hawkeyes at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Iowa's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Iowa's last 6 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
Iowa is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Iowa is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
Northwestern is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Iowa
Northwestern is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games at home
Northwestern is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Iowa
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northwestern's last 5 games when playing Iowa

Next up:
Iowa at Penn State, Thursday, February 16
Northwestern at Purdue, Sunday, February 12

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