Hawkeyes open as college hoops underdog vs Wolverines

Iowa HawkeyesMichigan Wolverines
Jan 6, 12:00 PM | Crisler Arena

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Michigan Wolverines Odds

11-3TEAM RECORD14-0

Crisler Arena will host Michigan Wolverines vs. Iowa Hawkeyes action on Sunday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Hawkeyes will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 7-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Wolverines are 9-4 ATS. Iowa is 4-6 against the total, while Michigan is 8-5 versus the number.

View Iowa vs Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Wolverines were listed as 13.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 9 (Wolverines) and the No. 44 (Hawkeyes) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 92-84 result in favor of the Wolverines has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Hawkeyes is ranked No. 16 in NCAA hoops at 41.4 per game. Contrast that with Michigan’s No. 87 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Michigan is the No. 12-ranked team in the country at 8.9 per game, while Iowa rates No. 220 at 5.8 per game.

Defensively, Iowa features the nation's No. 260-rated defense on the road, allowing 75 points per game. Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 40 nationally in scoring at home.

Iowa was a 69-65 loser in their most recent outing at home against Indiana. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs. Iowa got 15 points from Aaron White but lost anyway, 69-65, to Indiana on Monday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Last time out for Michigan, they were a 94-66 winner as they battled Northwestern on the road. They covered in the match as a 10.5-point favorite. The Wolverines blew out Northwestern on Thursday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 94-66 win at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Michigan State are 5-5
After playing Indiana are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Nebraska are 0-1
After playing Northwestern are 3-7
After a win are 10-0

A few Hawkeyes at Wolverines trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa's last 5 games when playing on the road against Michigan
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Iowa's last 19 games on the road
Iowa is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Iowa is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Michigan
Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Iowa
Michigan is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Iowa

Next up:
Iowa home to Michigan State, Thursday, January 10
Michigan home to Nebraska, Wednesday, January 9

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