Iowa Hawkeyes vs Indiana Hoosiers Expert Pick
This Thursday, the Indiana Hoosiers (19-5) host the Iowa Hawkeyes (19-4) in Big Ten action at Assembly Hall. Iowa sits atop the conference, having won at Illinois in their last action on Sunday. The Hoosiers are coming off a disappointed loss at Penn State, 68-63, a game that could have helped them climb in the standings and threaten the Hawkeyes. This game also gives the Hoosiers a chance to sneak up to the top of the conference. Check back in to get the latest NCAAB online odds.
Iowa Hawkeyes Vs Indiana Hoosiers Expert Pick
When: Thursday, February 11, 9 PM EST
Where: Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall, Bloomington
Radio: Indiana Hoosier Sports Network
Stream Option: WatchESPN
Opening NCAAB Odds: Indiana -2½
Why should you bet on the Hawkeyes?
No one scores more in the Big Ten than Iowa (78+ points per game). They also lead the Big Ten in turnover margin and steals. That means that it’s hard to beat Iowa on either end of the floor. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has them projected as the #1 seed in the Midwest Region (but not the #1 overall seed). Many teams would have been victim of a trap game against Illinois, with the Indiana showdown coming, but Iowa did not do that. Each starter played a minimum of 30 minutes, although it was the double-double that Adam Woodbury put up, and the lockdown defensive display that senior Anthony Clemmons put on that sealed the deal for Iowa. A play that typified the Hawkeye effort came when the team was up 15 in the second half. Peter Jok jacked up a three-point shot that missed. However, he followed his shot, yanked away the rebound and found Jarrod Uthoff, who had spotted up for a wide open three. He buried it, and the Hawkeyes were up 18. Jok had a way of silencing the Illini crowd, knocking down 17 points just in the second half. You can expect the effort to be even more intense against Indiana.
Why should you put your money on the Hoosiers?
No one shoots better from the field than Indiana, who currently sit atop the Big Ten and #2 in the nation, behind St. Mary’s. Yogi Ferrell is on page to average 15+ points and 5+ assists per game; he would be the first Hoosier in more than 20 years to hit those numbers. Even though Indiana lost at Penn State, don’t expect the hangover to linger long. Indiana turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 15 times. Nick \Zeisloft scored 14 points, while Ferrell had 13. However, this game saw the lead change 14 times and sit at a tie 13 times, and the Nittany Lions had more of the answers. The Hoosiers shot an uncharacteristic 30.4 percent int the second half — and they’re unlikely to go stone cold in one of the biggest games of the year.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
You have two teams separated by a razor-thin margin. I like Indiana to win at home and to put a real scare in Iowa as far as the Big Ten title goes. I’m picking Indiana, 78-77.