College basketball odds: Indiana at Iowa

Big Ten favorite and fifth-ranked Indiana opens conference play on Monday afternoon at Iowa, which is expected to be one of the bottom-feeders in the Big Ten. Bet on the game at WagerWeb.com.

Indiana (12-1) leads the nation in scoring and has won three straight blowouts since an overtime loss to Butler. Cody Zeller leads the team in scoring and rebounding and is the Big Ten Player of the Year favorite.

Iowa (11-2) has been a pleasant surprise so far. It lost back-to-back games, both by double digits to Wichita State and Virginia Tech but has won six straight since. The Hawkeyes haven’t played since routing Coppin State 80-50 on Dec. 20 to improve to 9-0 at home. Aaron White scored 20 points to lead the way. White made 7 of 8 shots from the floor and 6 of 7 from the foul line. The forward had six dunks — including a nice one-hand slam off an alley-oop. The Hawkeyes scored 50 points in the paint and missed all 17 of their 3-point attempts. They have won six in a row for the first time in eight years. White is second on the team in scoring at 13.6 ppg and leads in rebounding at 6.5 per game.

“We’ll find out pretty quick,” said coach Fran McCaffery when asked if his team is ready for the Hoosiers. “We have some work to do between now and then. We have great character and great camaraderie on the team, and our guys will be ready.”

Last year Iowa finished 18-17 overall and 8-10 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes won a game in the postseason NIT tournament. Iowa and Indiana split their two meetings. In Bloomington, IU won 103-89. Zeller made 11 of 12 shots for a season-high 26 points and had four assists and three steals for Indiana. . Indiana scored more than 100 points in a conference game for the first time since defeating Iowa 110-79 on March 12, 1995. The Hawkeyes shot 63 percent from the field, but committed 17 turnovers.

In the Iowa City meeting, the Hawkeyes upset No. 20 Indiana 78-66 behind 30 from senior Matt Gatens. Melsahn Basabe had 13 points and five blocks for the Hawkeyes, who beat the Hoosiers in Iowa City for the seventh time in eight tries. Zeller had 15 points and 13 rebounds for IU.

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