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Penn State Nittany Lions vs Iowa Hawkeyes Preview

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Feb 14, 9:00 PM | Bryce Jordan Center

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Penn State Nittany Lions Odds


Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Iowa when they take on the Penn State Nittany Lions on Thursday in college hoops betting action.

This season, the Nittany Lions are 8-15 overall and 8-11 ATS ATS, while the Hawkeyes are 15-9 and 13-7 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Penn State boasts a 9-9 on the OU, and Iowa is 8-11-1.

View Iowa vs Penn State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 7-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 252-rated Nittany Lions and the No. 26-ranked Hawkeyes, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 74-59 result in favor of the Hawkeyes.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Penn State's No. 317 nationally ranked offense (60.3 points per game) against a Hawkeyes defense that sits as the No. 114 at 63.9 PPG. The Nittany Lions have been averaging 38.1% from the field, less than the Hawkeyes have managed so far this season (42.4% on average).

Defensively, Iowa features the nation's No. 213-rated defense on the road, allowing 71 points per game. Penn State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 306 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Iowa, they were a 71-57 winner as they battled Northwestern at home. They covered in the match as an 8-point favorite. The Hawkeyes got 21 points from Roy Devyn Marble as Iowa ran past Northwestern 71-57 on Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Penn State was a 67-53 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Nebraska. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. Penn State suffered a 67-53 loss against Nebraska on Saturday, getting 17 points from D.J. Newbill in a losing effort at Bob Devaney Sports Center.

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

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Michigan are 6-4
After playing Nebraska are 1-2
After a loss are 0-10

A few Hawkeyes at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa's last 5 games on the road
Iowa is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Penn State
Iowa is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Iowa is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Penn State
Penn State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Iowa
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Penn State's last 6 games when playing Iowa
Penn State is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Iowa
Penn State is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games

Next up:
Iowa home to Minnesota, Sunday, February 17
Penn State at Michigan, Sunday, February 17