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Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Pennsylvania Quakers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/22/13

Pennsylvania Quakers (1-2) at Iowa Hawkeyes (4-0)

College Basketball: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -23 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten

The #25 Iowa Hawkeyes play host to the Penn Quakers in Friday night college basketball action.

I know Penn was hoping for something better then a 1-2 start to the 2013-14 campaign but their defense has been giving up too many points thus far. The Quakers have been able to put the ball in the basket but an 83-71 loss to Penn State proved you can score and still come up short. Penn lost this one in the first half where they were down 23 before a spirited second half rally wasn't enough. The Nittany Lions burned the nets at nearly 54% which equated to nine more makes which made the Quakers 41.7% shooting a non factor. Penn received 21 points from Darien Nelson-Henry along with five yanks while Fran Dougherty and Tony Hicks added 14 points apiece but points were scarce beyond this trio.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Pennsylvania Quakers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/22/13

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Iowa has climbed in to the number 25 spot with their 4-0 run out of the gates which surprises me given their #269 strength of schedule. The Hawkeyes broke the century barrier in points for the second time in a 103-41 rout of Abilene Christian in a game that was in the win column soon after the opening tip. The boxscore was dominated by Iowa who connected at over 62% from the field while limiting Wildcats to a mere 26%. The Hawkeyes forced 17 turnovers and had six more shots and when the dust settled had sank 20 more baskets. Roy-Devyn Marble led all scorers with 27 points with Peter Jok tossing in 17 while Zach McCabe and Gabriel Olaseni contributen ten points each. Three others scored between 7-9 points with 12 players finding the scoring column overall.

At this point I am leaning to the mind set that Penn is not very good and they are facing a much superior Iowa squad on the road. Seems like a blow out in the making but the dog in me won't lay the points and would rather look else where...

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