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Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/9/14

Northwestern Wildcats (7-8) at Iowa Hawkeyes (12-3)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Northwestern Wildcats face off on Thursday in Big Ten college basketball action.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are 12-3 on the season and ranked 20th in the nation. Iowa is coming off of a loss at Wisconsin making them 1-1 in Big 10 play. Roy Devyn Marble is averaging 16.1 points per game to lead Iowa. Aaron White is averaging 13.1 points and 6.4 rebounds, Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 10.5 points and 6.3 rebounds, and Zach McCabe is averaging 7.6 points. Iowa is averaging 86.1 points and they are shooting 47 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.6 points and their opponents are shooting 36.2 percent. Iowa is 9-0 at home this season.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/9/14

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The Northwestern Wildcats have lost their last three games in a row and with a rough schedule on board there isn’t any relief in sight. Northwestern has been blown out in their two Big Ten games and they are 1-2 on the road this season. Drew Crawford is averaging 15.9 points and 7.7 rebounds to lead the Wildcats. JerShinn Cobb is averaging 12.2 points, Tre Demps is averaging 10.5 points, and Alex Olah is averaging 9.1 points and 5.4 rebounds. Northwestern is averaging 65.4 points and they are shooting 41 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.2 points while defensively they are allowing 64.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.6 percent. This looks like it is going to be a long year for Northwestern.

Iowa is 7-1 against the spread against the Big Ten, 5-1 against the spread following a loss, and 5-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Northwestern is 1-4 against the spread against the Big Ten, 0-4 against the spread in their last four road games, and 1-4 against the spread following a loss.

This is a monster spread but the difference between these teams is at least this big and look for this to be a blowout. 

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Iowa Hawkeyes -17

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