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Northern Iowa Panthers Open as College Basketball Underdog vs Iowa Hawkeyes

Northern Iowa Panthers

vs

Iowa Hawkeyes
Saturday, December 20, 2014 7:30 PM ET
Wells Fargo Arena

Basketball betting fans will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Iowa Hawkeyes try to run the Northern Iowa Panthers off the court at Wells Fargo Arena in college hoops action.

Northern Iowa Panthers vs Iowa Hawkeyes Opening Odds and Betting Line

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Iowa Hawkeyes betting line as -4-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over/under total value at TopBet.

Northern Iowa Panthers vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Northern Iowa Panthers will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Saturday; they are 5-3 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Iowa Hawkeyes are 6-5 ATS. Northern Iowa Panthers are 3-1 on betting the total; Iowa Hawkeyes are 1-6.

This game puts the Iowa Hawkeyes, most recently No. 59 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Northern Iowa Panthers, who rate No. 61 in the latest survey.

How Northern Iowa Panthers vs Iowa Hawkeyes Stats Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Iowa's No. 83-ranked scoring average of 72.27 PPG, against a Northern Iowa Panthers defense rated No. 39 and allowing 59 PPG. The Iowa Hawkeyes FG% has averaged 41.97% to date this season, less than the Northern Iowa Panthers shooters have managed so far (48% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Panthers wasted a 27-point performance from Wes Washpun in losing to Virginia Commonwealth 93-87 on Saturday at Siegel Center.

Iowa suffered a 90-75 loss against Iowa State on Friday, getting 18 points from Aaron White in a losing effort at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Northern Iowa Panthers vs Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Odds Trends

Northern Iowa is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Northern Iowa is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Northern Iowa is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Iowa
Northern Iowa is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Iowa
Iowa is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Iowa is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Northern Iowa
Iowa is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Northern Iowa
Iowa is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Northern Iowa

Next Betting Matchups

Northern Iowa home to South Dakota State, Sunday, December 28th
Iowa at North Florida, Monday, December 22nd

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