NCAA Basketball Picks on Total for Iowa vs. Indiana

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:55 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 1:55 PM GMT

The Indiana Hoosiers will need to rely heavily on their defense in hopes of upsetting the Iowa Hawkeyes, as the two teams prepare to meet up Tuesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this Big Ten Conference showdown at Assembly Hall, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Still in the title race

Iowa State is still a contender to win the Big Ten regular season championship, while it also is a playable option in the futures market to cut down the nets during March Madness.

The Hawkeyes are 3-1 SUATS over their last four games, with each of those contests going OVER the betting total.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 2-1 SUATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points.

Wearing down

Indiana is 0-3 SUATS over its last three games, as it looks to bounce back from a 82-64 defeat to the Purdue Boilermakers as one-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in eight contest.

The Hoosiers are capable of pulling off a SU underdog victory in this spot, considering they’ve compiled a 47-6 mark at home since the start of the 2011-12 campaign.

College basketball handicappers will find that the program is 3-1 SUATS as home underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points over the last two-plus seasons.

Taking care of business

Iowa is a worth road favorite on the SBR Odds page due to being one of just four teams nationally that hasn’t dropped a game to a foe outside of the RPI Top 20.

All six of the Hawkeyes’ losses have come against ranked opponents by 21 combined points.

Controlling the boards

The Hoosiers pace the Big Ten with a +9.9 rebounding margin, which is very important to handicap in matching up with one of the more formidable front courts in the country.

Indiana will need a huge performance out of freshman forward Noah Vonleh, who’s averaging 11.6 points and 9.5 rebounds—leading directly to a conference-best 10 double-doubles.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as the UNDER is 4-1 in the last five meetings in this series.

Pick: Under 145.5

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