Hawkeyes vs. Nittany Lions Prediction
The 23rd-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes are a small underdog on the road tonight at the sub-.500 Penn State Nittany Lions. Can Iowa prove oddsmakers wrong and grab the victory on the road?
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Bryce Jordan Center at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Nittany Lions are a 1.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 140.5 points. As of Wednesday morning,75 percent of public bets are pouring in on visiting Iowa. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Hawkeyes win third straight
After an 0-3 start to Big Ten Conference play, Iowa has now won three in a row following a 72-62 home win Saturday afternoon over Ohio State. The Hawkeyes (14-3, 3-3) outscored the Buckeyes 48-36 in the second half after trailing by two at halftime. Iowa shot 25-of-55 from the field including 4-of-16 on 3-point tries plus 18-of-25 at the free throw line. Luka Garza paced the Hawkeyes with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting including 1-of-2 from 3-point range plus 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He also grabbed four rebounds. Tyler Cook had 15 points, eight boards, two steals and two blocked shots. Ryan Kriener tallied 11 points and two rebounds off the bench. Joe Weiskamp added 10 points, seven boards, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
Nittany Lions fall to 0-6 in Big Ten
Penn State dropped to 7-10 overall and 0-6 in the Big Ten Sunday at home with a 71-56 loss to sixth-ranked Michigan State. The Nittany Lions trailed 40-24 at halftime and were unable to recover. Penn State shot 22-of-60 from the floor, 5-of-22 from 3-point distance and 7-of-10 at the free throw line. Lamar Stevens paced the Nittany Lions with 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting including 1-of-4 on 3-point tries and 3-of-3 at the charity stripe. Mike Watkins contributed 11 points and seven boards. Myles Dread had 11 points plus two rebounds. Josh Reaves added 11 points along with nine assists, five steals, four caroms and three blocked shots.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Hawkeyes are 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 road games. Iowa is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 Wednesday games.
The Nittany Lions are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games. Penn State is 2-8-1 ATS in its last 11 game overall.
What we have here is a fantastic offense in Iowa's versus a very strong defense in Penn State's. Both sides struggle on the other side of the ball, respectively. While the spread screams to take Penn State, I'm siding with Iowa here as it is playing very good basketball right now and playing a team that hasn't figured out how to win a Big Ten game yet. I'll go with the Hawkeyes and consider taking the moneyline for the plus money.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: IOWA HAWKEYES +1.5