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Iowa Hawkeyes Visit Northwestern Wildcats in NCAA Basketball Betting Battle

The Northwestern Wildcats will try to pay off for their supporters and betting fans on Sunday when they play host to the Iowa Hawkeyes at Welsh-Ryan Arena in NCAA basketball odds action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NCAA basketball betting line for this matchup, Northwestern sat as -7.5-point favorites over at MyBookie. Also, check out the current over/under betting total for points scored, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Northwestern Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Northwestern Wildcats sit at 14-4 (11-5 ATS) on the college basketball season. By comparison, the Iowa Hawkeyes are currently 11-7 (6-8-1 ATS). Looking to bet on the total points scored? Northwestern is 6-9-1 OU, and Iowa is 7-7-1 OU.

The Northwestern Wildcats sit at No. 48 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Iowa Hawkeyes sit at No. 80 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Northwestern's No. 136-ranked scoring average of 74.83 PPG, against a Iowa Hawkeyes defense rated No. 228 and allowing 77.39 PPG. The Northwestern Wildcats FG% has averaged 43.83% to date this season, less than the Iowa Hawkeyes shooters have managed so far (46.43% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Hawkeyes grabbed a 83-78 win over the Boilermakers on Thursday, behind a 29-point effort from Peter Jok at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Wildcats got 23 points from Vic Law as Northwestern ran past Rutgers 69-60 on Thursday at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

Betting Trends
  • Iowa is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
  • Iowa is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Iowa is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Iowa's last 6 games on the road
  • Northwestern is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
  • Northwestern is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • Northwestern is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Iowa
  • Northwestern is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing Iowa

Next Betting Matchups

Iowa home to Maryland, Thursday, January 19th
Northwestern at Ohio State, Sunday, January 22nd