NCAA Basketball Picks: Notre Dame vs. Iowa

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 4:30 PM GMT

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish hit the road for the first time during the 2013-14 campaign, as they prepare to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes Tuesday night. The college basketball odds are out; find out where we've decided to place our money.

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:15 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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Hostile territory

Notre Dame finished its recent six-game homestand to open up the season with a 5-1 record, including a 101-67 victory over Cornell as 25.5-point home favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for the third time in as many opportunities.

The Fighting Irish are 9-10 SU/ATS on the road the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 12-5 in that situation.

Returning home

Iowa just missed out on winning the Battle 4 Atlantis, as it squandered a 12-point lead with 11 minutes to play in ultimately suffering an 88-83 overtime setback to the Villanova Wildcats as three-point favorites last Saturday.

The Hawkeyes have won 23 consecutive home games against unranked opponents, as head coach Frank McCaffery prepares to face a familiar program in this affair—serving as an assistant at Notre Dame for 11 seasons from 1988-99.

Atkins

College basketball handicappers will definitely have an interest in backing the road underdogs in this affair, considering Fighting Irish point guard Eric Atkins’ career assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.40 ranks first among active Division I players.

He has dished out 31 assists and turned the ball over just five times thus far in 2013-14, while the senior has combined to play in 234 games with Pat Connaughton and Jerian Grant.

Un-eventful

The Hawkeyes are a dismal 2-10 SU in this event, with their last win coming at home in 2005, but it’s important to point out that the Fighting Irish have just moved to the ACC from the Big East.

Iowa is 31-10 SU and 19-12 ATS in non-conference action the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 15-13 in that situation.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Hawkeyes for their college basketball picks, as they’ve gone 36-15 ATS in their last 51 home games.

College Basketball Pick:  Iowa Hawkeyes -8.5