Purdue vs. Iowa Prediction

College Hoops Picks: Can Iowa hang with Purdue as an underdog? 1/12/17

Will Iowa hang with Purdue as a home underdog tonight when the Big Ten teams clash at 9:00PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Hawkeyes are now 5.5-point home underdogs versus the Boilermakers after opening as a 7-point dog. As for the total, the number hit the board at 156.5 and that's where it currently sits at the majority of online and Vegas sports books.

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PURDUE KEY TRENDS: The Boilermakers are 8-2-1 against the spread in their last 11 conference games, are 4-1 against the number in their last five games when they're a road favorite, and have cashed in seven of their last nine games overall. They've also covered in six of their last eight road games.

IOWA KEY TRENDS: The Hawkeyes are 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six home games, but are just 6-17-1 against the number in their last 24 games overall. They're also just 2-10 against the spread in Big Ten play, are 3-12 against the number in their last 15 games versus an opponent with a winning record above .600, and are 3-11 at the betting window in their last 14 games coming off an ATS loss.

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OUR PREDICTION: The home team has dominated at the betting window in this series, covering in 12 of the last 15 meetings. The Boilermakers are also just 1-6 against the spread in their last seven road games versus the Hawkeyes, who are playing in a revenge spot after losing to Purdue 89-67 on December 28th. Senior guard Peter Jok will keep Iowa in the game tonight. He leads the Big Ten in scoring with 22.6 points per game and despite scoring just 13 points against Purdue in the first meeting, I expect him to play well on his home court tonight. The same goes for Jok's teammates as well.

 

THURSDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTION: IOWA HAWKEYES +5.5

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