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Hawkeyes open as college hoops underdog vs Nittany Lions

Iowa HawkeyesPenn State Nittany Lions
Feb 16, 8:00 PM | Bryce Jordan Center

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Penn State Nittany Lions Odds

13-12TEAM RECORD11-15

The Penn State Nittany Lions will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Bryce Jordan Center on Thursday in NCAAB play.

Supporters of the Hawkeyes have watched them go 13-12 and 11-9 ATS on the year, while the Nittany Lions are at 11-15 and 7-12-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Nittany Lions are 9-12, while the Hawkeyes have a 13-6-1 mark.

View Iowa vs Penn State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Penn State sat as 2.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 196-ranked Nittany Lions and the No. 210-rated Hawkeyes in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 69-65 win for the Hawkeyes on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Penn State's No. 294-ranked offense, averaging 61.8 PPG, against a Hawkeyes defense that ranks No. 295 at 72.5 PPG. The Nittany Lions field goal percentage has averaged 38.7% so far, less than the Hawkeyes marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.4% per game.

Defensively, Iowa features the nation's No. 335-rated defense on the road, allowing 81.1 points per game. Penn State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 287 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Iowa, they were an 83-64 loser as they battled Northwestern on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 7-point underdog. Iowa suffered an 83-64 loss against Northwestern on Thursday, getting 17 points from Aaron White in a losing effort at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Penn State won its last outing, a 67-51 result against Nebraska on February 11. They covered in that game as a 3-point favorite. Tim Frazier scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double, leading Penn State over Nebraska, 67-51, on Saturday at Bryce Jordan Center.

Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Indiana are 4-6
After playing Northwestern are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Wisconsin are 5-5
After playing Nebraska are 0-1
After a win are 4-6

A few Hawkeyes at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Iowa's last 8 games on the road
Iowa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Penn State
Iowa is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Penn State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Iowa
Penn State is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home
Penn State is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Penn State's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Iowa home to Indiana, Sunday, February 19
Penn State at Wisconsin, Sunday, February 19