NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Iowa

The No. 15 Indiana Hoosiers will play their first game since Dec. 23 when they go on the road to face the Iowa Hawkeyes on Thursday night. Indiana has been off since beating Kennesaw State in a 69-55 final two weeks ago. Iowa is riding a three-game losing streak after coming up short against Penn State on Sunday. 

Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET. The Hawkeyes are favored by 1 point in the latest Iowa vs. Indiana odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under is set at 152.5. Before entering any Indiana vs. Iowa picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. The model enters Week 9 of the season 30-16 on all top-rated college basketball picks, returning more than $800 for $100 players. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Iowa vs. Indiana. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds for Iowa vs. Indiana:

  • Iowa vs. Indiana spread: Iowa -1
  • Iowa vs. Indiana over/under: 152 points
  • Iowa vs. Indiana money line: Iowa -120, Indiana +100
  • Iowa vs. Indiana picks: See picks here
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Why Iowa can cover

Iowa will be excited to return home following a pair of conference road losses at Nebraska and Penn State. The Hawkeyes are going to be without Patrick McCaffery, who is on an indefinite leave for personal reasons. Star Kris Murray returned from a four-game absence due to a foot injury in the Nebraska game, and he put together an outstanding performance against Penn State on Sunday. 

Murray scored 22 of his career-high 32 points against the Nittany Lions after halftime, adding nine rebounds to help his team erase a 44-26 halftime deficit in an 83-79 loss. Filip Rebraca is averaging 19.2 point and 9.0 rebounds over his last six games, shooting 68.1% from the floor during that stretch. The Hawkeyes picked up an 83-74 win over Indiana in the regular season last year, and they also beat the Hoosiers in the Big Ten Tournament. 

Why Indiana can cover

Indiana needed the last two weeks off for the health of star player Trayce Jackson-Davis, who missed the final two games before Christmas break due to back issues. Head coach Mike Woodson is optimistic that his best player will be available for Thursday night's game. Jackson-Davis leads Indiana with 16.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, so his return would be a major boost for the team.  

Freshman guard Jalen Hood-Schifino is also in double figures, averaging 10.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. McCaffery has been Iowa's third-leading scorer this season, so his absence is going to hurt the Hawkeyes moving forward. They have only covered the spread once in their last five games, and they have only covered once in their last six games against Indiana. 

How to make Iowa vs. Indiana picks

The model has simulated Indiana vs. Iowa 10,000 times and the results are in. The model is leaning Under, and it's also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in 60% of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Iowa vs. Indiana? And which side of the spread hits 60% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is 30-16 on its top-rated college basketball picks this season, and find out.