NCAA Basketball Picks: Iowa vs. Indiana

Joe Freda

Saturday, March 2, 2013 5:13 PM GMT

Indiana is set to take on Iowa this evening. Will the Hoosiers bounce back here with a big win or will Iowa’s cashing trends stay hot for their backer's basketball picks?

No. 1 Indiana hosts Iowa

The No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers fell short in Tuesday’s 77-73 defeat to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, failing to cash as 4 ½-point betting odds favorites on the road. Tom Crean’s crew returns home for Saturday’s matchup against the Iowa Hawkeyes, who are 6-1 ATS in their last seven meetings with the Hoosiers.

Hoosiers, Hulls upset in Minny

Indiana saw an eight-point lead blown in the final 14 minutes of Tuesday’s setback, with a 10-2 run from the Golden Gophers tying the game, 46-46. The Hoosiers were sizably outrebounded, 38-25, with  Hoosiers forward Cody Zeller notching team-highs of seven boards and three steals.

Zeller was held to nine points as part of a 2-for-9 night from the field, failing to reach double figures for the first time in eight games. Indiana’s Jordan Hulls led his squad’s scoring with 17 points, while mate Kevin Ferrell logged five of his side’s 12 assists.

The duel’s combined 150 points leaped above the ‘total’ of 139, moving the OVER to a 6-3 mark in the Hoosiers’ last nine contests. Hulls drained 5-of-7 buckets from three-point land, while Hoosiers junior Will Sheehey recorded a pair of blocks in 25 minutes of action.

Hawkeyes, White edge out Purdue

Iowa notched its fourth win in five games with Wednesday’s 58-48 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers, cashing the closing line as nine-point home ‘chalk.’ The Hawkeyes came away with the triumph despite shooting 31.4 percent on their floor, helped by Purdue’s 15 turnovers.

Hawkeyes mates Aaron White and Roy-Devyn Marble put up 18 points each, while adding nine boards and four assists, respectively. The duo united to drill 3-of-6 baskets beyond the arc, while sinking a combined 15-of-18 free throws.

The battle’s 106 points plunged beneath the ‘total’ of 133, bringing the UNDER to 3-1-1 in the Hawkeyes’ last five games. Iowa’s Johh Oglesby and Zach McCabe were both held to a 1-for-5 night of field shooting, while the Hawkeyes outrebounded Purdue, 37-34.

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Back the Hoosiers as home faves

Bookmaker.eu opened Indiana as a 15-point favorite, with initial wagers on Iowa dropping the number to 14 ½. The ‘total’ was first posted at 146, remaining unchanged at NCAAB betting shops.

I am laying the double digits here, adding Indiana to my sports picks for Saturday’s card. The Hoosiers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven spots that followed a defeat, while holding Big Ten Conference rivals to 59.7 PPG in their last six home dates.

Indiana handed the Hawkeyes a 103-89 defeat in last January’s battle between the foes at Assembly Hall, outrebounding White and Co., 35-18. Zeller hit 11-of-12 from the floor en route to 26 points for Indiana and should look for a big night again here after Tuesday’s setback.

Iowa has had its share of moments in road spots, but has failed to cash ATS in its last two duels away from home. Last Saturday’s most recent losing ticket saw the Hawkeyes blow a 41-25 halftime lead to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who rallied for a 64-60 win.

The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings between these foes, with the step up in class too much for Iowa here at Bloomington. Look for the Hoosiers to put this away early for our sports picks, re-building momentum for next week’s final stretch of regular-season play.

NCAAB Picks: Indiana Hoosiers -14 ½ (Bookmaker.eu)

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