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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/25/14

Iowa Hawkeyes (15-4) at Northwestern Wildcats (10-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Northwestern Wildcats and the Iowa Hawkeyes face off on Saturday just North of Chicago in Big Ten college basketball action.

The Northwestern Wildcats have won three of their last four games and have leveled their overall record at 10-10. Northwestern is 3-4 in the Big Ten and they have played the 51st ranked schedule in the nation. Drew Crawford leads the Wildcats averaging 15.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. JerSHonn Cobb is averaging 11.5 points, Tre Demps is averaging 10.8 points, and Alex Olah is averaging 8.6 points and 5.5 rebounds. Northwestern is averaging 62 points and they are shooting 39.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.5 points and their opponents are shooting 40.2 percent. Northwestern is 8-4 at home this season and they are in seventh place in the Big 10 standings.

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/25/14

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The Iowa Hawkeyes are ranked 10th in the nation but that is likely to drop some after their loss to Michigan on Wednesday. Iowa is 4-2 in the Big Ten and 4-4 away from home while playing the 74th ranked schedule in the country. Roy Devyn Marble leads the Hawkeyes averaging 16.2 points per game. Aaron White is averaging 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds, Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, and Melsahn Basabe is averaging 8.2 points and 6.8 rebounds. Iowa is averaging 85.7 points and they are shooting 47.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 7 points and their opponents are shooting 37.7 percent. Iowa has been solid all season so expect them to be looking forward.

Northwestern is 4-10 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 2-8 against the spread following a win, and 2-9 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Iowa is 10-2 against the spread against the Big Ten, 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, and 6-1 against the spread following a loss. The favorite has covered the point spread in the last five meetings of these two.

Northwestern has been playing well and this is a big number but it is one of those spots where I am going to take the big road favorite in what is a lean. 

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Iowa Hawkeyes -9.5

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