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Big Ten Tournament - Iowa Hawkeyes vs Northwestern Wildcats Preview

Northwestern WildcatsIowa Hawkeyes
13-18March 13, 2014, 08:55 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse20-11


Iowa looks to cover the Hawkeyes-Wildcats point spread on Thursday and improve its overall 20-11 mark when they host Northwestern in college basketball wagering action.

Its Big Ten tournament action and the Wildcats were big underdogs at Bovada.

The Hawkeyes currently sports a 20-11 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 15-14 ATS. The Wildcats are 13-18 and 11-19 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Hawkeyes produce a 20-9 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Wildcats have gone 9-21 against the number.

View Northwestern Wildcats vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Northwestern before tip-off in this one found them as 11.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Hawkeyes - Wildcats odds would favor the Hawkeyes if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Iowa is rated No. 88 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Northwestern is at No. 261.

Northwestern was a 74-65 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Purdue. They covered the 9-point spread as underdogs. Drew Crawford went off for 27 points and added 7 rebounds, leading Northwestern over Purdue, 74-65, on Sunday at Mackey Arena.

Iowa was a 66-63 loser in their most recent outing at home against Illinois. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as favorites. Iowa got 12 points from Aaron White but lost anyway, 66-63, to Illinois on Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Iowa's No. 4-ranked scoring average of 82.65 PPG, against a Wildcats defense rated No. 27 and allowing 63.29 PPG. The Hawkeyes FG% has averaged 46.94% to date this season, more than the Wildcats shooters have managed so far (39.23% per game).

A few Wildcats at Hawkeyes trends to consider:
Northwestern is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Northwestern is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Northwestern's last 15 games
Northwestern is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Iowa
Iowa is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Iowa is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Iowa's last 10 games
Iowa is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Northwestern