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Indiana Hoosiers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/27/14

Iowa Hawkeyes (19-8) at Indiana Hoosiers (15-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall)

The Line: Indiana Hoosiers +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Indiana Hoosiers and the Iowa Hawkeyes face off on Thursday at Assembly Hall in Big Ten college basketball.

The Indiana Hoosiers have lost four of their last five games as they have sunk to eighth place in the Big Ten standings. Indiana is 12-3 at home this season, 5-9 in the Big Ten, and 2-4 against teams ranked in the top 25. Kevin Yogi Ferrell is leading the Hoosiers averaging 17.9 points per game. Noah Vonleh is averaging 11.9 points and 9.3 rebounds, Will Sheehy is averaging 10.1 points, and Troy Williams is averaging 6.6 points. Indiana is averaging 72.3 points and they are shooting 44.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.4 points and their opponents are shooting 40.5 percent. Indiana has a brutal finish to the regular season with three of their four games against ranked teams.

Indiana Hoosiers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/27/14

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The Iowa Hawkeyes have lost their last two games and they are now tied for fifth place in Big 10 standings. Iowa is 8-6 in the Big Ten and 7-5 in games played away from home with a 4-3 record on the road in conference games. Roy Devyn Marble leads the Hawkeyes averaging 16.9 points per game. Aaron White is averaging 13.2 points and 6.7 rebounds, Mike Gesell is averaging 8.1 points, and Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 8.0 points. Iowa is averaging 83.5 points and they are shooting 68.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.7 points and their opponents are shooting 39.8 percent. Iowa appears to be slowing down at the wrong time.

Indiana is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, 5-2 against the spread following a loss, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a wining record. Iowa is 10-2 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 7-2 against the spread in their last nine road games, and 14-6 against the spread against the Big Ten. The home team has covered the point spread in five of the last seven meetings of these two.

Both of these teams are coming off of poor efforts and while Iowa is the better team, I find it hard to lay the points here and while I am not sure the Hoosiers can pull off the upset, I like them to get the cover. 

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Indiana Hoosiers +5

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