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Northwestern vs. Iowa - 1/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Iowa at Northwestern
Date & Time Wednesday January 9, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, Illinois
The Line
The Line: Northwestern -3.5 -- Over/Under: 145
TV Channel
BTN
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The Iowa Hawkeyes and Northwestern Wildcats meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.

The Iowa Hawkeyes look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Iowa Hawkeyes are averaging 82.9 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 72.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Tyler Cook is averaging 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds while Luka Garza is averaging 12.3 points and 4.6 rebounds. Jordan Bohannon is the third double-digit scorer and Joe Wieskamp is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Iowa Hawkeyes are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Iowa Hawkeyes are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.1 rebounds per game. The Iowa Hawkeyes have lost both of their road games this season.

The Northwestern Wildcats look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 71.9 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 63.2 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Vic Law is averaging 17.6 points and 6.3 rebounds while Dererk Pardon is averaging 13.9 points and 2.2 assists. Ryan Taylor is the third double-digit scorer and A.J. Turner is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Northwestern Wildcats are allowing 27.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.4 rebounds per game. The Northwestern Wildcats have won eight of their last 10 home games.

The Hawkeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win and 9-24-1 ATS in their last 34 road games. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big Ten and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Hawkeyes are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The under is 6-2-1 in Wildcats last 9 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Hawkeyes last 5 road games.

The Northwestern Wildcats are an experienced team that we've made money on over the years and they usually don't beat themselves, which is always nice. The Iowa Hawkeyes have been waxed in their two road games this season where they're shooting just 39.5 percent from the field. The problem with this game is we're getting free points with the better team in the Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa has not only won seven of the last 10 meetings against Northwestern, but it's the more athletic team with an offensive advantage. Iowa has won outright four of its last eight games as an underdog. You'll make a lot of money in this business by taking free points with the better team. I'm doing that here with the Iowa Hawkeyes. 

Pick:
Iowa Hawkeyes +3.5

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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