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Iowa vs. Nebraska - 01/06/2019 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Nebraska at Iowa
Date & Time Sunday January 6, 2019, 5:30 PM (EST)
Location
Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Iowa City, Iowa
The Line
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes +2.5 -- Over/Under: 149
TV Channel
BTN
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NCAA BB | Nebraska at Iowa
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are averaging 79.6 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 60.6 points on 38.6 percent shooting. James Palmer Jr. is averaging 20.1 points and 2.9 assists while Isaac Copeland Jr. is averaging 14.1 points and 5.4 rebounds. Glynn Watson Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Roby is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are allowing 28.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have lost two of their last three road games.

The Iowa Hawkeyes look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Iowa Hawkeyes are averaging 82.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 72.1 points on 44 percent shooting. Tyler Cook is averaging 17.4 points and 8.4 rebounds while Luka Garza is averaging 12.7 points and 4.8 rebounds. Joe Wieskamp is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Bohannon is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Iowa Hawkeyes are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Iowa Hawkeyes are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.9 rebounds per game. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won their last four home games.

The Cornhuskers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 road games and 35-16-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Big Ten and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Hawkeyes last 5 overall. The over is 4-1 in Cornhuskers last 5 overall.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are probably the better team in this contest, but they've been shaky on the road this season where that quality defense is allowing 75 points on 49.1 percent shooting. The Iowa Hawkeyes are always a tough, consistent team that doesn't beat themselves, plays defense and usually gets quality shots offensively. Iowa will also have the best player on the court in this game in Cook. The home team has also won eight of the last 10 meetings between Iowa and Nebraska. I like the points with the Hawkeyes, a game they should win on their home court. 

Pick:
Iowa Hawkeyes +2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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