Iowa Hawkeyes host Penn State Nittany Lions in college basketball action

Penn State Nittany LionsIowa Hawkeyes
Jan 31, 8:00 PM | Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds


The visiting Penn State Nittany Lions hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Carver-Hawkeye Arena against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

The Hawkeyes sit at 13-7 (10-6 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Nittany Lions are currently 8-12 (7-9 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Iowa is 6-10 OU, and Penn State is 7-8 OU.

View Penn State vs Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Iowa in this one found them as 15-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 30-ranked Hawkeyes and the No. 268-rated Nittany Lions in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 75-60 win for the Hawkeyes on Thursday.


How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Nittany Lions rank No. 151 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.8 per game. That compares with Iowa’s No. 18 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Iowa is college basketball's No. 247-ranked team at 5.4 per game, while the Nittany Lions rate No. 292 with 4.8 per game.

Defensively, Penn State features the nation's No. 81-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.2 points per game. Iowa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 93 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Penn State was a 65-51 loser at home against Ohio State. They failed to cover the 13-point spread as underdogs. The Nittany Lions endured a 65-51 loss at the hands of the Buckeyes on Saturday, despite a 16-point effort from Jermaine Marshall at Bryce Jordan Center.

Iowa lost its last outing, a 65-62 result against Purdue on January 27. They failed to cover in that game as a 2-point underdog. Mike Gesell scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Hawkeyes to a win (they lost 65-62 to Purdue at Mackey Arena on Sunday).

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Purdue are 1-9
After playing Ohio State are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-2
Before playing Minnesota are 3-7
After playing Purdue are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few Nittany Lions at Hawkeyes trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Penn State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Iowa
Penn State is 4-11-1 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
Penn State is 1-15 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Penn State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Iowa
Iowa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Penn State
Iowa is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Penn State home to Purdue, Tuesday, February 5
Iowa at Minnesota, Sunday, February 3