The college basketball betting action continues Thursday, January 27, 2022, with the Big Ten Conference showdown from Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, so we have prepared the best Purdue vs. Iowa betting pick and odds.
The Boilermakers meet the Hawkeyes for the second time this season. Back in December, Purdue defeated Iowa 77-70 as a huge 15.5-point home favorite. According to BetOnline Sportsbook, the Boilermakers are small road favorites this time around, so let’s take a closer look.
Purdue hammered Northwestern to get back on the winning path
The Purdue Boilermakers (16-3; 10-9 ATS) are coming off an 80-60 home victory to the Northwestern Wildcats this past Sunday. They bounced back from a 68-65 defeat at the Indiana Hoosiers, recording their fourth victory in the last five outings.
Senior guard Sasha Stefanovic led the charge for the Boilermakers, dropping 22 points on Northwestern. Sophomore center Zach Edey and senior forward Trevion Williams accounted for 12 points each, while senior guard Eric Hunter added ten points and five assists.
The Boilermakers improved to 5-3 in conference play and sit at the fifth spot of the Big Ten standings. They are No. 8 in the NCAA NET Rankings and No. 6 in the KenPom rankings. The Boilermakers boast the highest offensive rating in the country, tallying 124.1 points per 100 possessions. They shoot 50.1% from the field (4th in the nation) and 40.1% from beyond the 3-point line (5th).
Iowa easily beat Penn State in another low-scoring affair
The Iowa Hawkeyes (14-5; 12-7 ATS) bounced back from a tough 48-46 defeat at the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, outlasting the Penn State Nittany Lions 68-51 as 10.5-point home favorites. It was their third win in the last four showings, as the Hawkeyes improved to 4-4 in conference play.
Sophomore forward Keegan Murray (22.8 PPG, 8.4 RPG) continues to lead the way for the Hawkeyes. After posting a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double against Rutgers, Murray had 15 points and eight rebounds in that comfortable win over Penn State.
The Hawkeyes are No. 20 in both of the latest NCAA NET Rankings and KenPom rankings. They score 118.5 points per 100 possessions (7th in the country) on 46.5% shooting from the field (70th) and 33.8% from downtown (179th).
- 4-2 ATS in the last six games against Iowa
- 3-6 ATS in the last nine games played on Thursday
Purdue vs. Iowa Pick
Neither of these two has impressed defensively so far this season, so we should see a tight battle between a couple of offensive-minded teams. While Purdue surrenders 97.5 points per 100 possessions (65th in the nation), Iowa yields 99.2 (96th).
The Boilermakers dominated the Hawkeyes in their first meeting of the season, but Iowa missed its best player. The Hawkeyes will be more dangerous with Keegan Murray in the lineup. I’m still backing Purdue because of its great depth, but this clash could easily go either way.
Pick: Take Purdue
Five of Purdue’s and Iowa’s last seven games overall have gone over the total. I’ve already mentioned a few times how much these two teams lean on a prolific offense, so I’ll follow the betting trends and take the over on the totals.
Purdue prefers to take things slowly, averaging 66.9 possessions per 40 minutes (220th in the nation), but the Boilermakers’ offensive execution has been top-notch thus far. On the other side, the Hawkeyes register 70.4 possessions per 40 minutes (55th).
Pick: Go over