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Iowa vs. Western Illinois - 12/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Illinois Leathernecks (6-1) at Iowa Hawkeyes (6-2)

College Basketball: Monday, December 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: BTN

The Western Illinois Leathernecks and Iowa Hawkeyes square off Monday night at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks look for their third road win to get off to a solid 7-1 start. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are averaging 75.8 points on 50.2 percent shooting and allowing 71 points on 37.4 percent shooting. Garret Covington is averaging 18.5 points and 2.2 assists while J.C. Fuller is averaging 18.2 points and 6.2 rebounds. Jabari Sandifer is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Chapman is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are shooting 50.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. Western Illinois has 92 assists on 171 made baskets and has scored 79 or more points in five of its last six games. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have lost 10 of their last 12 road games.

Iowa vs. Western Illinois - 12/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Iowa Hawkeyes look to string together four straight victories and gain some confidence. The Iowa Hawkeyes are averaging 83 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 68.6 points on 39 percent shooting. Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 17.1 points and 6.1 rebounds while Peter Jok is averaging 13.4 points and 1.4 assists. Adam Woodbury is grabbing 7.4 rebounds and Mike Gesell is dishing 6.9 assists. The Iowa Hawkeyes are shooting 39.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. Iowa is allowing 28.6 percent shooting from deep and has allowed less than 70 points in five of its eight games. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won seven straight home games.

The Leathernecks are 9-23 ATS in their last 32 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win. The Hawkeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. 

Western Illinois shoots a solid percentage from everywhere on the court, including from beyond the arc where it makes half its shots. The leathernecks also have a road win over Wisconsin this season. I'll take the points here, as Western Illinois can hang.

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Western Illinois Leathernecks +16

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