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Big Ten Tournament - Northwestern Wildcats face Iowa Hawkeyes: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Northwestern WildcatsIowa Hawkeyes
March 14, 8:55 PM | United Center

Northwestern Wildcats vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds

13-18TEAM RECORD20-11

Northwestern travels to Iowa on Thursday, hoping to boost its 13-18 record with a victory over the Hawkeyes.

The Big Ten Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at United Center.

The Hawkeyes currently sports a 20-11 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 18-9 ATS. The Wildcats are 13-18 and 14-14 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Hawkeyes produce a 10-16-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Wildcats have gone 11-13-1 against the number.

View Northwestern vs Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Iowa in this one found them as 8.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 24-rated Hawkeyes and the No. 258-ranked Wildcats, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 72-62 result in favor of the Hawkeyes.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Iowa's No. 96-ranked offense, averaging 70.7 PPG, against a Wildcats defense that ranks No. 93 at 63.4 PPG. The Hawkeyes field goal percentage has averaged 42.3% so far, more than the Wildcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.2% per game.

Defensively, Northwestern features the nation's No. 99-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.4 points per game. Iowa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 107 nationally in scoring at home.

Northwestern lost its last outing, a 71-61 result against Michigan State on March 10. They covered in that game as a 18-point underdog. Kale Abrahamson scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Wildcats to a win (they lost 71-61 to Michigan State at Breslin Center on Sunday).

Last time out for Iowa, they were a 74-60 winner as they battled Nebraska at home. They covered in the match as a 13-point favorite. The Hawkeyes grabbed a 74-60 win over the Cornhuskers on Saturday, behind a 19-point effort from Aaron White at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
After playing Michigan State are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
After playing Nebraska are 1-2
After a win are 5-5

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