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How and what to watch for Indiana vs. No. 4 Iowa

Forward Luka Garza of the Iowa Hawkeyes goes to the basket during the first half against center Liam Robbins of the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on January 10, 2021 in Iowa City, Iowa. Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images

The No. 4 Iowa Hawkeyes have won five straight in the Big Ten, and look to get into a tie for first place in the conference against the Indiana Hoosiers tonight at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

Iowa (12-2, 6-1 Big Ten) has Wooden Award favorite Luka Garza as their star, who is currently -1115 to win the Heisman of college basketball. The versatile big man averages 26.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game, and keys a versatile offense that relies on ball movement: the Hawkeyes average 21.4 assists per game to lead all of college basketball. They’re also No. 1 in offensive efficiency at 124.9 points per 100 possessions.

Indiana (8-6, 3-4 Big Ten) is led by Trayce Jackson-Davis, who might be the second-best player in the league behind Garza. But the Hoosiers shoot just 32.4 from three-point range, and average just 68.3 possessions per game, one of the slower paces in the Big Ten. There are plenty of opportunities to get Top 25 wins in the Big Ten, but IU has yet to find one, and they’ll need to add some quality victories if they’re going to get in postseason consideration.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Indiana vs. Iowa on Thursday, January 21st at 9:00 p.m. ET on FS1, or you can watch via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Iowa -10
Point Total: 150.5
Money line: Indiana +420, Iowa -560

Betting Splits Against Spread

Indiana: (19% of action, 7% of bets)
Iowa: (81% of action, 93% of bets)

  • Indiana are 12-6 against the spread in their last 18 games, with the total going over in four of their last five.
  • Iowa are 4-1 ATS in their last five games, and the total has gone over in 12 of their last 16.

The Best Bet

This should be a battle of pace and efficiency, which certainly lends itself to Iowa being able to speed up the Hoosiers. And the garbage time points could be plenty.

Pick: Over 150.5

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