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Iowa Struggling To Cover the Spread

There was a point in the season when Iowa looked like the best team in the nation, but the Hawkeyes seemingly feel apart down the stretch. Iowa is heading into the NCAA Tournament going just 2-6 SU and 1-7 ATS in their previous eight outings. Iowa will meet the streaking Temple Owls in the Round of 64 on Friday.

Shark Bites
  • Iowa is 1-4 SU and ATS in their past five games after losing as a favorite.
  • Temple is 8-0 SU in their past eight games following a loss.
  • Temple is 7-2 ATS in their past nine games as underdogs of seven points or less.

The downward spiral began near the beginning of February for Iowa, as the team started clanking shots all over. All-American Jarrod Uthoff was at the center of the problem with the senior shooting just 40 percent over the past eight compared to nearly 50 percent through the first 22 games. At this point it seems we just don’t know who Iowa is.

Temple closed out their season by winning 10 of their final 13 with two of those losses coming against tournament teams. The Owls have been accustomed to playing in close contests as they have averaged just a point more than they have allowed all season.

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Temple Owls vs Iowa Hawkeyes Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Iowa Hawkeyes sport a record of 21-10 and 15-15 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Temple Owls have 21-11 and 17-14 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 14-15-1 for the Iowa Hawkeyes and 16-15 for the Temple Owls.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Iowa Hawkeyes at No. 117 and the Temple Owls at No. 94 heading into this college basketball betting matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Iowa has the nation's No. 50-rated offensive output, at 78.1 PPG. The visiting Temple Owls defense ranks No. 58 allowing on average 67.44 PPG. The Hawkeyes FG% has averaged 45.05% so far, more than the Iowa Owls marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.51% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Owls got 17 points from Jaylen Bond, but it was Connecticut that prevailed in a 77-62 final on Saturday at Amway Center.

Peter Jok scored 29 points for Iowa on Thursday, but the Fighting Illini managed a 68-66 victory over the Hawkeyes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Betting Trends
  • Temple is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Temple's last 7 games
  • Iowa is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Iowa is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
  • Iowa is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa's last 5 games