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Boilermakers open as college hoops underdog vs Hawkeyes

Purdue BoilermakersIowa Hawkeyes
15-13March 02, 2014, 02:00 | Carver-Hawkeye Arena19-9

The Iowa Hawkeyes host Purdue on Sunday, looking to build on their 19-9 mark against the 15-13 Boilermakers in college hoops action at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes currently sports a 19-9 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 15-11 ATS. The Boilermakers are 15-13 and 9-15-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Hawkeyes produce a 18-8 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Boilermakers have gone 12-13 against the number.

View Purdue Boilermakers vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Boilermakers were listed as 14.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

This game matches up the No. 44 (Hawkeyes) and the No. 253 (Boilermakers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Purdue was a 77-76 loser in their most recent outing at home against Michigan. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. Terone Johnson scored 22 points in a futile effort to lead the Boilermakers to a win (they lost 77-76 to Michigan at Mackey Arena on Wednesday).

Iowa was a 93-86 loser in its last match on the road against Indiana. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites. Iowa got 20 points from Roy Devyn Marble but lost anyway, 93-86, to Indiana on Thursday at Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Iowa's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 83.57 PPG, against a Boilermakers defense that ranks No. 166 at 71.32 PPG. The Hawkeyes field goal percentage has averaged 47.16% so far, more than the Boilermakers marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.65% per game.

Next up:
Purdue at Wisconsin, Wednesday, March 5th
Iowa at Michigan State, Thursday, March 6th