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Iowa vs. Texas - 11/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Longhorns (2-0) at Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0)

College Basketball: Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Texas Longhorns face off on Thursday in New York City in a college basketball matchup.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are ranked 25th in the nation and they are off to a 2-0 start this season. Iowa opened with a win over Hampton and followed it up with a 31-point win over North Dakota State. Iowa is averaging 88.5 points and they are shooting 50.4 percent from the floor including 43.9 percent from beyond the three-point line while defensively their opponents average 56 points and shoot 30.2 percent from the floor. Aaron White leads Iowa in scoring averaging 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists, Gabriel Olaseni is averaging 13 points and 9.0 rebounds, Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 12.5 points, and Anthony Clemmons is averaging 11.5 points and 4.0 rebounds. Iowa has been outrebounding their opponents on average 43-30.

Iowa vs. Texas - 11/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas Longhorns enter this game ranked 10th in the nation and they are off to a 2-0 start. Texas started the season with a win over North Dakota State and then they pounded Alcorn State winning by 32. Texas is averaging 85 points per game while shooting 52.5 percent and 40.4 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they allow 51.5 points and their opponents have shot 28.6 percent. Isaiah Taylor is averaging 15 points and 5.0 rebounds, Myles Turner is averaging 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Jonathan Holmes is averaging 12 points and 7.5 rebounds. Texas has crushed their opponents on the boards outrebounding them 45-24 per game.

Iowa is 4-1 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games, and 1-8 against the spread in their last nine games overall. Texas is 7-2 against the spread against the Big Ten, 6-13-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the spread, and 1-5 against the spread following a win.

This game should be close and I look for Iowa to get the win as the dog but I will take the points as well. 

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Iowa Hawkeyes +5.5

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