Hawkeyes vs. Nittany Lions Prediction
The 23rd-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes will be small underdogs this afternoon at the 21st-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. Will Iowa get the job done on the road in this spot?
Saturday, January 4, 2020
The Palestra at 2PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Nittany Lions are a 2.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 154 points. As of Saturday morning, 69 percent of public bets are coming in on host PSU. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Hawkeyes blast Owls
Iowa rolled to a 93-51 home win Sunday over Kennesaw State to improve to 10-3 overall and 6-1 at home. The Hawkeyes led 49-30 at halftime on their way to the victory. Luka Garza led Iowa with 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting plus 5-of-8 at the free throw line He also tallied eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Ryan Kriener had 20 points, five boards and two assists off the bench. Joe Wieskamp added 18 points, three caroms and two assists.
Nittany Lions roll past Big Red
Penn State earned a 90-59 home win Sunday over Cornell to move to 11-2 overall and 9-0 at home. Mike Watkins helped lead the Nittany Lions with 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting plus 1-of-2 at the free throw line. He also contributed 10 rebounds and two assists. Lamar Stevens tallied 19 points, four dimes, three boards and two blocked shots. Myreon Jones registered 18 points, three steals, two caroms and two assists. Izaiah Brockington added 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals off the bench.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Hawkeyes are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. Iowa is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 neutral site games.
The Nittany Lions are 16-6-2 ATS in their last 24 games overall. Penn State is 1-4-1 ATS in its last six neutral site games.
The Nittany Lions are having a strong season and have some decent wins on their resume plus one very good victory over Maryland, but while they are solid on both sides of the ball Iowa can boast an elite offense. The Hawkeyes haven't been slowed down much all season and I expect it to trade baskets while also benefiting from the semi-away setting of the Palestra rather than a straight road game.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: IOWA HAWKEYES +2.5