The Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-15, 2-9 Big 10), who are currently on a seven-game skid, look to get back in the win column when they visit Carver-Hawkeye Arena to square off against the No. 17 Iowa Hawkeyes (16-7, 7-5 Big 10). Action gets underway at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Preview
The last time the Cornhuskers played, they fell to the No. 24 Penn State Nittany Lions, 76-64. Nebraska’s Haanif Cheatham had a good performance, leading both teams in scoring with 15 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Penn State had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (33.3 vs. 22.2). Nebraska, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.129 vs. 0.090).
The Hawkeyes are trying to rebound after their 104-68 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers in their last matchup. Luka Garza was the game’s high scorer with 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting. Purdue made 19 of their 34 three pointers (55.9 percent). Iowa, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of making free throws (16-21; 76.2 percent).
The high-powered offense of Iowa will square off against the bottom-tier defense of Nebraska. The Hawkeyes rank 17th in offensive efficiency, while the Cornhuskers are 255th in defensive efficiency. The Hawkeyes figure to have the edge on that side of the ball. Furthermore, the Cornhuskers rank ninth in turnover percentage (15.4 percent), while the Hawkeyes rank 275th in opponents’ turnover percentage (17.9 percent).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Cornhuskers won 76-70. Nebraska had a much better free throw rate (0.264 vs. 0.026). Iowa, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (40.4 vs. 17.1). Garza recorded a double-double in the defeat, with 16 points and 18 rebounds.
Nebraska Cornhuskers at Iowa Hawkeyes Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Iowa, ATS Winner – Nebraska, O/U – Under
The Hawkeyes rank 77th in blocks per game (3.7) while the Cornhuskers rank 165th in blocks allowed per game (5.1).
Nebraska ranks 35th in steals allowed per game (5.3) while Iowa ranks 80th (6.0).
Iowa ranks 71st in rebounds per game (38.2) while Nebraska ranks 294th in rebounds allowed per game (45.8).
The Hawkeyes average 17.7 assists per game, which ranks fourth in the NCAA. The Cornhuskers rank 207th in assists allowed per game (14.4).
Nebraska ranks 57th in three pointers attempted per game (25.1) while Iowa ranks 219th in three pointers allowed per game (24.1).
The Hawkeyes have been outscored by an average of 5.6 points in their last five games. On the season, Iowa has defeated opponents by an average of 6.7 points.
During their last five games, the Cornhuskers have scored an average of 69.2 points per game (2.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 78.8 points per game (3.4 above their season average).