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Postseason NIT - Sycamores open as college hoops underdog vs Hawkeyes

Indiana State SycamoresIowa Hawkeyes
March 20, 7:00 PM | Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Indiana State Sycamores vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds

18-14TEAM RECORD21-12

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Indiana State when they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes on Wednesday in college hoops betting action.

Iowa will face the 18-14 Sycamores, who own a 14-14-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Hawkeyes are 11-17-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Sycamores are 14-14 favoring the OVER.

View Indiana State vs Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Hawkeyes installed as 11.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Hawkeyes - Sycamores odds would favor the Hawkeyes if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Iowa is rated No. 25 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Indiana State is at No. 116. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 74-66 win for the Hawkeyes.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Sycamores is ranked No. 208 in NCAA hoops at 33.9 per game. Contrast that with Iowa’s No. 10 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Iowa is the No. 267-ranked team in the country at 5.2 per game, while Indiana State rates No. 221 at 5.7 per game.

Defensively, Indiana State features the nation's No. 106-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.6 points per game. Iowa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 103 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Indiana State, they were a 64-43 loser as they battled Creighton on the road. They failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point underdog. Indiana State was run off the court by the Bluejays on Saturday as Creighton routed them 64-43 at Scottrade Center.

In their last action, Iowa was a 59-56 loser on the road against Michigan State. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. The Hawkeyes endured a 59-56 loss at the hands of the Spartans on Friday, despite a 9-point effort from Mike Gesell at United Center.

Indiana State Sycamores Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
After playing Creighton are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
After playing Michigan State are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

A few Sycamores at Hawkeyes trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana State's last 6 games on the road
Indiana State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Indiana State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Iowa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Iowa's last 8 games
Iowa is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games