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Northwestern Wildcats vs Iowa Hawkeyes Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Iowa HawkeyesNorthwestern Wildcats
14-3January 25, 2014, 12:00 | Welsh-Ryan Arena10-10

A key college battle sees the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes travelling to Northwestern Saturday to take on the Wildcats.

The Hawkeyes will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 10-5 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Wildcats are 7-12 ATS. Iowa is 10-5 against the total, while Northwestern is 6-13 versus the number.

View Iowa Hawkeyes vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds and Stats.

The Hawkeyes were listed as -10-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 218-ranked Wildcats and the No. 19-rated Hawkeyes in this matchup.

Iowa lost its last outing, a 75-67 result against Michigan on January 22. They failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point underdog. The Hawkeyes endured a 75-67 loss at the hands of the Wolverines on Wednesday, despite a 17-point effort from Aaron White at Crisler Center.

In their last action, Northwestern was a 63-60 winner at home against Purdue. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Drew Crawford scored 19 points leading the Wildcats to a 63-60 victory over Purdue at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Hawkeyes is ranked No. 3 in NCAA hoops at 43.95 per game. Contrast that with Northwestern’s No. 158 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Northwestern is the No. 109-ranked team in the country at 6.4 per game, while Iowa rates No. 146 at 5.89 per game.

A few Hawkeyes at Wildcats trends to consider:
Iowa is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Iowa is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Iowa's last 5 games
Iowa is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Northwestern is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northwestern's last 5 games
Northwestern is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northwestern's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Iowa home to Michigan State, Tuesday, January 28th
Northwestern at Wisconsin, Wednesday, January 29th