College Basketball Predictions: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines
Wednesday, 1/22/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Michigan -3
Current Betting Line:  Michigan -3
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The home team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in this series
The home team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in this series

Iowa has won and covered the number in three consecutive games, including a 94-73 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers as 8.5-point home favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest.  The Hawkeyes have started 15-3 for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions.  Offensively, the team is led by senior guard Roy Devyn Marble, who is only the second player in school history to amass 1,400-plus points, 325-plus assists and 400-plus rebounds.  Iowa is 3-0 ATS as underdogs this season, with the OVER going 3-0 in that situation.

The Hawkeyes are 58-90 SU all-time against the Wolverines, including a 22-50 mark when playing in Ann Arbor.  Iowa leads the Big Ten Conference in averaging 86.8 points per game, which has led to a +20.2-point scoring margin, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  The team has attempted 163 free throws in five conference games, while its bench continues to provide major production—contributing 36.3 points and 21.6 rebounds per game.

Michigan has won seven games in a row, including a 77-70 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers as 7.5-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive affair.  The Wolverines are led offensively by Nik Stauskas, who posted back-to-back 20-plus point games last week and leads the team in scoring 18.0 points a contest.  The sophomore guard is shooting 48.8 percent overall from the floor, including 44.0 from beyond the arc.  Michigan is 17-5 SU and 13-8 ATS in January the last two-plus seasons.

The Wolverines are 53-9 SU at the Crisler Center over the last four seasons, with just three home losses coming in the last three campaigns.  Michigan is averaging 83.5 points per game and outscoring its opponents by a +26.6 margin at this venue—shooting 52.2 percent from the floor and holding foes to 39.1 percent.

Sports bettors will likely back the Wolverines due to the home team being 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in this series.

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