The third-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes will take on the Western Illinois Leathernecks at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa is 2-0, while Western Illinois is playing its first game of the season. The Hawkeyes are 10-2-2 against the spread in their last 14 games as home favorites. The Leathernecks are 0-4 against the spread in their last four games.
The Hawkeyes are favored by 31.5 points in the latest Iowa vs. Western Illinois odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 153. Before making any Western Illinois vs. Iowa picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Western Illinois vs. Iowa spread: Hawkeyes -31.5
- Western Illinois vs. Iowa over-under: 153 points
- Western Illinois vs. Iowa money line: Hawkeyes -25000, Leathernecks +3000
What you need to know about Western Illinois
The Leathernecks begin the 2020-21 season with a new coach, as Rob Jeter takes over from Bill Wright, who went 53-115 in six seasons running the Leathernecks that included a 5-21 mark in 2019-20.
Jeter has coached for 25 years, with seven NCAA Tournament appearances. Two of those came during his 11-season tenure as head coach from 2005 to 2016 at Milwaukee, winning two regular-season Horizon League titles and two conference tournament championships.
What you need to know about Iowa
The Hawkeyes are 2-0 to start the season, with a pair of easy victories over North Carolina Central and Southern. Iowa center Luka Garza went off on Southern for 36 first-half points and finished with 41 in the 103-76 victory. Garza is averaging 33.5 points and 9.5 rebounds so far in 2020.
Garza is one of 50 preseason candidates for the 2021 Wooden Award. A finalist for the 2020 award and the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, Garza is shooting a blistering 22-of-25 shooting (88 percentage) so far.
How to make Western Illinois vs. Iowa picks
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