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Penn State Nittany Lions visit Iowa Hawkeyes in NCAAB hoops battle

Penn State Nittany LionsIowa Hawkeyes
Feb 4, 3:00 PM | Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds

10-13TEAM RECORD12-11

The Iowa Hawkeyes will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday in NCAAB play.

This season, the Hawkeyes are 12-11 overall and 10-8 ATS ATS, while the Nittany Lions are 10-13 and 6-10-2 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Iowa boasts a 11-6-1 on the OU, and Penn State is 7-11.

View Penn State vs Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Hawkeyes installed as 7-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Hawkeyes, most recently No. 177 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Nittany Lions, who rate No. 199 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 70-66 victory for the Hawkeyes.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Iowa's No. 63 nationally ranked offense (74 points per game) against a Nittany Lions defense that sits as the No. 110 at 64.3 PPG. The Hawkeyes have been averaging 45.2% from the field, more than the Nittany Lions have managed so far this season (38.2% on average).

Defensively, Penn State features the nation's No. 123-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.1 points per game. Iowa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 89 nationally in scoring at home.

Penn State was a 52-46 loser in their most recent outing at home against Wisconsin. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs. The Nittany Lions endured a 52-46 loss at the hands of the Badgers on Tuesday, despite a 21-point effort from Tim Frazier at Bryce Jordan Center.

In their last action, Iowa was a 63-59 winner at home against Minnesota. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. Matt Gatens scored 18 points leading the Hawkeyes to a 63-59 victory over Minnesota at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday.

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Michigan State are 4-6
After playing Wisconsin are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Northwestern are 1-9
After playing Minnesota are 1-9
After a win are 4-6

A few Nittany Lions at Hawkeyes trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Penn State's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Penn State's last 6 games when playing on the road against Iowa
Penn State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Penn State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Iowa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Penn State
Iowa is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing Penn State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Iowa's last 6 games
Iowa is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Penn State at Michigan State, Wednesday, February 8
Iowa at Northwestern, Thursday, February 9