Iowa vs. Penn State Prediction

College Basketball 2/17/16 Iowa vs. Penn State Picks & Predictions

Conference rivals clash at 6:30PM ET tonight on the Big Ten Network when No. 4 Iowa hosts Penn State as a heavy road favorite.

The Hawkeyes enter play with a 20-5 record and are 13-9 against the spread, including 5-3 against the number in their eight lined road games this season. On the other side, the Nittany Lions are just 12-13 overall and 11-12 against the number.

Our college basketball odds page shows that Iowa has gone from a 10.5-point favorite tonight down to a 9.5-point favorite at online sports book RealBet.eu. As for the total, it opened at 140.5 and that’s where it currently sits.

The Pick

Bettors are going to be tempted to only lay 9.5 points on Iowa after the Hawkeyes destroyed the Nittany Lions 73-49 earlier this month in Iowa City. But that game also creates a natural letdown for the Hawkeyes, who should get a much stiffer test tonight from a PSU team that was clearly embarrassed in that first meeting.

The Nittany Lions are 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight games following a failed cover in their previous contest and covered as an 8.5-point home dog against Indiana in their last game at Bryce Jordan Center. Despite 82% of betting tickets placed on the Hawkeyes to cover tonight, the line is moving in the opposite direction, which signals some sharp play. Take the home dog.

WEDNESDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL FREE PICK: PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS +9.5

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