NCAA Basketball Picks: Iowa vs. Nebraska

PJ Laferla

Saturday, February 23, 2013 4:00 PM GMT

The Iowa Hawkeyes (5-4 ATS away) will carry a three-game winning streak with them on the road this Saturday afternoon as they prepare to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-6-1 ATS home).

Big Ten Matchup

The game is set to tip off at 2:00 PM EST from the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Nebraska and can be seen live by tuning into BTN2GO.com.

As is stands right now on the college basketball odds board, Iowa is listed as -5 ½ point favorites on the road, while the over/under total is coming in a just 126 ½ points.

Iowa features an offense that shoots 42.7% from the floor and scores an average of 72.2 points per game. Defensively, they are holding opponents to fewer than 64 points per game (63.7), while allowing them to shoot just 39% from the field, which ranks 28th best in the nation.

The Hawkeyes are 4-0 ATS in its last four games played on a Saturday and 4-1 ATS it its last five games overall. Iowa is under in four of their last five games played on the road when going up against a team with a winning SU home record.

Meanwhile, Nebraska’s offense is only good for an average of 58.8 points per game, which easily ranks dead last in the Big Ten and 333 in the country. On the defensive side of the ball they are holding opponents to fewer than 63 points per game (62.8), which ranks much better at 90 in the nation.

The Cornhuskers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games played at home, but just 1-4 SU in it last five in Lincoln. However, they are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six contests played on a Saturday. Nebraska is under in 8 of their last 11 when facing a team with a winning percentage at .600 or better

[gameodds]14/222337/43/us[/gameodds]

The Pick

Iowa is a much better team than Nebraska and even though the Cornhuskers are the home squad in this one and it’s a conference game, they will have a tough time of it today against the Hawkeyes. Lay the chalk with Iowa for your NCAAB picks, as they will come away with the point spread cover on the road in this matchup.

NCAAB Pick: Iowa -5 1/2

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