Western Carolina vs. Iowa Prediction
The 23rd-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes return to action tonight at home as big favorites versus the Western Carolina Catamounts. Can Western Carolina stay within the number or will Iowa win in blowout fashion?
649 Western Carolina Catamounts at 650 Iowa Hawkeyes
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 9PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Hawkeyes are listed as a 23.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 156.5 points. As of Tuesday morning, 57 percent of public bets are siding with host Iowa. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Catamounts crushed by High Point
Western Carolina dropped to 3-9 on the season Saturday night with an 86-59 loss at High Point. Onno Steger paced the Catamounts with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting with five rebounds and two steals. Kameron Gibson added 17 points and dished out two assists. Western Carolina turned the ball over 17 times and only connected on 9-of-27 from 3-point range plus 2-of-8 at the free throw line.
Hawkeyes roll past UNI
Iowa blasted Northern Iowa by a count of 77-54 Saturday in a neutral court setting. The Hawkeyes (8-2) grabbed a big 39-18 halftime advantage en route to the rout. Tyler Cook paced Iowa with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting to go with 13 rebounds and five assists. Luka Garza tallied 17 points and four boards. Joe Wieskamp added 10 points in 18 minutes. The Hawkeyes shot 29-of-54 from the floor including 10-of-25 from 3-point distance. Meanwhile, Iowa held the Panthers to 20-of-55 shooting including 6-of-29 from 3-point range.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Catamounts are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games. Western Carolina is 4-0 ATS in its last four games following an ATS loss.
The Hawkeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win. Iowa is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games versus a team with a losing straight up record.
The Hawkeyes have looked like a rejuvenated team its last two outings and now faces a team outside the top 300. The only three teams Western Carolina has beaten are Hiwassee, Jacksonville and UNC-Ashville. The Catamounts also recently lost to NC State by 33. This has all the makings of a blowout and I'm playing it with confidence with how well Iowa has looked lately.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: IOWA HAWKEYES -23.5