Iowa vs. Northern Iowa Prediction
The 22nd-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes ended their two-game losing skid with a win last game as they gear up for today's neutral court tilt versus Northern Iowa. Will Iowa get it done today against its in-state opponent?
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Wells Fargo Arena at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Hawkeyes are an 11.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 148 points. As of Saturday morning, 69 percent of public bets are being placed on Iowa. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Hawkeyes put on show versus ISU
Iowa recorded a 98-84 home win Thursday night over rival Iowa State to snap a two-game losing streak. Tyler Cook paced the Hawkeyes (7-2) as he poured in a game-best 26 points on 12-of-16 shooting to go with 11 rebounds and two assists. Isaiah Moss contributed 20 points plus seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Nicholas Baer registered 14 points, seven boards and three assists off the bench. Connor McCaffery added 12 points, five assists and three rebounds. Iowa shot 35-of-61 from the floor in the winning effort and 9-of-18 from 3-point range.
Panthers ease past Dubuque
Northern Iowa claimed a 75-67 home win last Saturday over Dubuque to improve to 4-5 on the season. A.J. Green led all scorers with 20 to pace the Panthers and he also registered two steals. Luke McDonnell accounted for 14 points and six rebounds. Isaiah Brown added 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Northern Iowa held Dubuque to 23-of-62 shooting including 13-of-34 from 3-point distance.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The over is 20-8-1 in the last 29 Hawkeyes games. Iowa is 7-0 ATS in its last seven neutral site games.
The Panthers are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games versus Big Ten opponents.
Iowa is a fringe top-25 team and did look good against the Cyclones last game, but will need to show more for me to buy in. Northern Iowa has played a mediocre schedule and didn't really all that good against Dubuque, but it should be prepared and focused against the likes of Iowa. While I think the Hawkeyes will definitely get the win, I like UNI to stay within the number here as they've shown the ability to frustrate opponents with their slow tempo.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: NORTHERN IOWA PANTHERS +11.5