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NCAAB betting line favors Hawkeyes over Wildcats

Northwestern WildcatsIowa Hawkeyes
March 3, 2:30 PM | Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Northwestern Wildcats vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds

17-12TEAM RECORD16-14

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Iowa Hawkeyes try to run the Wildcats off the court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in college hoops action.

Iowa will face the 17-12 Wildcats, who own a 12-11-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Hawkeyes are 14-10-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Wildcats are 15-9 favoring the OVER.

View Northwestern vs Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Iowa opened as 2.5-point favorites in this College Basketball tilt.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Hawkeyes - Wildcats odds would favor the Hawkeyes if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Iowa is rated No. 202 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Northwestern is at No. 215. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 72-71 win for the Wildcats.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Iowa has the nation's No. 73-rated offensive output, at 72.3 PPG. The visiting Wildcats defense ranks No. 195 allowing on average 67.6 PPG. The Hawkeyes FG% has averaged 45% so far, less than the Wildcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.8% per game.

Defensively, Northwestern features the nation's No. 266-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.7 points per game. Iowa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 79 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Northwestern was a 75-73 loser at home against Ohio State. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. The Wildcats endured a 75-73 loss at the hands of the Buckeyes on Wednesday, despite a 23-point effort from Drew Crawford at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Last time out for Iowa, they were a 62-53 winner as they battled Nebraska on the road. They covered in the match as a 2-point underdog. Matt Gatens scored 16 points leading the Hawkeyes to a 62-53 victory over Nebraska at Bob Devaney Sports Center on Wednesday.

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
After playing Ohio State are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
After playing Nebraska are 0-1
After a win are 5-5

A few Wildcats at Hawkeyes trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Northwestern's last 11 games on the road
Northwestern is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Northwestern is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Northwestern is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Iowa
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Iowa's last 5 games when playing Northwestern
Iowa is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Northwestern
Iowa is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa's last 5 games