NCAA Basketball Betting – Northwestern Wildcats to Face Challenge From Upstart Iowa Hawkeyes
Written by North Shore Sports, Inc.
NCAA Basketball betting continues once again for basketball fans this week, and Bookmaker Sportsbook brings you our picks for this Thursday night clash of foes from the Big Ten between the Northwestern Wildcats and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Ryan Arena in Evanston, IL will be the site of Thursday, February 9th’s NCAA basketball betting showdown between the Iowa Hawkeyes (13-11, 11-8 ATS) and the Northwestern Wildcats (14-8, 8-9 ATS). This 9:00 ET tipoff will be televised live nationally on ESPNU.
The Big Ten has been wild this year. There is just one team that is below .500 on the season, and only five teams that have losing records against the NCAA basketball betting odds. Upsets by teams like Northwestern and Iowa have shaken some of the best teams in this conference, and really save for the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan State Spartans, no one is completely safe in terms of making the NCAA Tournament.
Iowa was never a team that figured to be in the March Madness discussion this year, but comfortable wins over the Penn State Nittany Lions and Minnesota Golden Gophers in back to back games at least keeps the discussion open. These next two on the road are both winnable fixtures, and after there, there’s home games against the Indiana Hoosiers and Wisconsin Badgers. All four games must be won, but at least it is remotely plausible for the Hawkeyes to suddenly challenge in conference play.
Northwestern has been vying for that elusive spot in the NCAA Tournament for years and years, and John Shurna and company had to think that this was the year it was going to happen. The Wildcats were a great team to make NCAA basketball betting predictions with early in the year when they started at 10-2, but a 4-6 conference record most certainly has them on the outside of the dance looking in at the moment.
The Wildcats did win a huge game over the Illinois Fighting Illini on the road on Sunday though, and that victory was the second straight massive win. This is a game that really has to be had, because the road ahead is very difficult.
Keep an eye on both Shurna and Drew Crawford in this one. These two play virtually the whole game every time out, and they are accounting for over 37 of Northwestern’s 69.6 points per game on average. If these two aren’t on their game, the rest of the team isn’t deep enough to beat the NCAA basketball betting spreads.
NCAA Basketball Betting Prediction – Iowa’s 9-4 ATS mark since December 22nd is definitely something worth noting. The Hawkeyes have quietly been a team that is good enough to challenge in this conference, and Head Coach Fran McCaffery’s team could be on its way to an upset in what should be a great game come Thursday night.
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