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Wildcats open as college hoops underdog vs Hawkeyes

Northwestern WildcatsIowa Hawkeyes
7-8January 09, 2014, 09:00 | Carver-Hawkeye Arena12-3

The Iowa Hawkeyes will hit the floor running against the visiting Northwestern Wildcats Thursday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Wildcats will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 4-10 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Hawkeyes are 8-5 ATS. Northwestern is 5-9 against the total, while Iowa is 8-5 versus the number.

View Northwestern Wildcats vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Hawkeyes as -16-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 189-rated Northwestern taking on the No. 11-rated Hawkeyes in this contest.

Last time out for Iowa, they were a 75-71 loser as they battled Wisconsin on the road. They covered in the match as a 6.5-point underdog. Roy Devyn Marble went off for 27 points and added 3 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Wisconsin handed Iowa a 75-71 defeat at Kohl Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Iowa's No. 7-ranked offense, averaging 86.07 PPG, against a Wildcats defense that ranks No. 44 at 64.8 PPG. The Hawkeyes field goal percentage has averaged 47% so far, more than the Wildcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.81% per game.

Next up:
Northwestern home to Illinois, Sunday, January 12th
Iowa at Ohio State, Sunday, January 12th