Owls vs. Hawkeyes Prediction
The 25th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes will look to justify their spot in the rankings this afternoon as they host the Kennesaw State Owls. Can Iowa race to a big enough win to cover the number?
Friday, December 29, 2019
Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 4PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Hawkeyes are a 29.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 147 points. As of Sunday morning, 55 percent of public bets are being placed on host Iowa. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Owls stumble versus Terriers
Kennesaw State lost by a score of 83-70 at home last Sunday versus Wofford to drop to 1-11 overall and 1-2 at home. The Owls were outscored 49-33 in the second half on their way to the defeat. Terrell Burden led Kennesaw State with 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting including 9-of-10 at the free throw line. He also recorded five assists and four rebounds. Bryson Lockley contributed 17 points, four boards and two steals. Ugo Obineke tallied 14 points, four caroms and three assists. Jamie Lewis added 11 points and two rebounds off the bench.
Hawkeyes carve out win
Iowa downed Cincinnati 77-70 eight days ago in the Chicago Legends to improve to 9-3 on the season. The Hawkeyes led 39-31 at halftime and held on from there. C.J. Fredrick paced Iowa with 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting including 3-of-6 from 3-point distance plus 6-of-8 at the charity stripe. He also brought down three rebounds. Joe Wieskamp tallied 16 points, six boards and four assists. Luka Garza added 12 points, 13 caroms, five blocked shots and two assists.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Owls are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games. Kennesaw State is 0-7 ATS in its last seven games following a double-digit home loss.
The Hawkeyes are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games. Iowa is 4-1 ATS in its last five games overall.
The Hawkeyes have an elite offense and faces a squad that is horrendous on both sides of the ball. It's a big spread but with Iowa in fantastic form, I trust it to not mess around here. The Hawkeyes have beaten three teams in a row in the top 60 with two of the wins being by at least 16 points. They won't face that kind of resistance today versus an Owls team that has lost to the likes of Elon by 24 points.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: IOWA HAWKEYES -29.5