Hawkeyes vs. Boilermakers Prediction
The Iowa Hawkeyes are ranked 25th, but have lost their first two Big Ten Conference games this season. Will Iowa avoid going 0-3 in conference play tonight when it travels to play at the Purdue Boilermakers?
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Mackey Arena at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Boilermakers are a 10-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 149 points. As of Thursday morning, 64 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Iowa. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Hawkeyes hold off Bryant
Iowa held off a rally attempt by the Bulldogs Saturday night to secure a 72-67 home victory. The Hawkeyes led 43-34 at halftime and improve to 11-2 on the season. Iowa shot 21-of-46 from the floor, 9-of-25 from 3-point range and 21-of-31 from the free throw line. Tyler Cook led the Hawkeyes with 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting plus 9-of-13 from the charity stripe. He also pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out six assists. Jordan Bohannon tallied 17 points, two rebounds and two assists. Nicholas Baer had 12 points, five blocked shots, four caroms, two assists and two steals. Joe Wieskamp added 10 points and five rebounds.
Boilermakers down Bruins by double digits
Purdue moved to 8-5 on the season Saturday with a 73-62 home triumph over Belmont. Purdue established a 40-24 halftime lead and rolled from there. The Boilermakers shot 24-of-55 from the floor, 7-of-22 on 3-point tries and 18-of-24 from the free throw line. Carsen Edwards led Purdue with 24 points on 9-of-21 shooting including 3-of-8 on 3-point tries plus 3-of-4 at the free thorw line. Matt Haarms added 12 points plus eight rebounds and three blocked shots off the bench.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Hawkeyes are 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 games versus the Big Ten. Iowa is 9-23-1 ATS in its last 33 road games.
The Boilermakers are 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 games overall. Purdue is 5-14 ATS in its last 19 home games.
Purdue is the better team here if not the ranked one, but also the Boilermakers have had a history under head coach Matt Painter of failing to cover double digit spreads and playing down to the competition. Playing down to Iowa probably won't be an issue, but I think the Hawkeyes are plenty good enough to stay within a number that seems too big. The Hawkeyes will be highly motivated to avoid 0-3 in the Big Ten and I'd imagine they can at least keep it within single digits.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: PURDUE BOILERMAKERS -10