Northwestern Wildcats vs Iowa Hawkeyes: Betting Preview and Pick
Iowa Hawkeyes (17-9 SU, 15-11 ATS) at Northwestern Wildcats (19-7, 16-10), 2/19/23
When: 6:30 pm ET Sunday, Feb. 19
Where: Welsh-Ryan Arena
CBB Betting Line: Iowa -1.5/NW +1.5 (Start saving money by betting games at -105 odds instead of -110 at BetAnySports Sportsbook!)
Two teams playing some good ball as of late hook up when Iowa meets Northwestern for an interesting Big 10 bout Sunday evening in Evanston. The Hawkeyes are 5-1 over their last six games; the Wildcats are 7-2 over their last nine games. And both teams appear well on their way to the upcoming NCAA tournament.
Betting Lines and Odds
The opening betting line for this game had Northwestern as a one-point favorite over Iowa, with an over/under of 144.5. However, early betting action flipped the Hawkeyes into chalk at -1.5. The game is scheduled for 6:30 pm ET, and it will air on BTN.
The Hawkeyes are playing some great basketball, going 5-1 over their last six games. They beat Ohio State 92-75 in their previous game after trailing by a point with three minutes left in the first half. Iowa made a flurry of 3-pointers to lead 47-36 at halftime and continued to dominate in the second half.
Northwestern has also been impressive, riding a four-game winning streak into Sunday’s game after edging Indiana 64-62 in their last outing. The Wildcats used an 18-2 run to lead 39-20 at the half but allowed Indiana to come back and tie the game at 62-62 with 30 seconds left. Northwestern won the game on a Boo Buie bucket with two seconds remaining.
Iowa’s strong offense has been their hallmark, but their recent success has come from their defense. They have allowed only 73.2 points per game over their last six games, compared to 85.8 points per game over their previous six games. Iowa is currently in fifth place in the Big 10 with a 9-6 record in conference play.
Northwestern’s defense has been the strength of the team, allowing only 62.6 points per game over their last nine games. However, they have been living dangerously, with five of their last seven victories coming by six points or less, three by a single bucket. The Wildcats are currently in second place in the Big 10 with a 10-5 record in conference play.
The Hawkeyes have won their last nine games against the Wildcats, going 8-1 ATS along the way. They beat Northwestern 86-70 in the first meeting between these teams this season.
Free College Basketball Betting Pick
Iowa’s recent defense and Northwestern’s strong defense will make for a low-scoring game. Iowa’s offense may not be able to replicate its 57% shooting from their previous game, and Northwestern’s recent performances show that they are a tough team to beat. Therefore, we predict Northwestern will win this game. Note: Don’t forget that we also offer free daily NBA picks! Bookmark the page and check back daily!
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