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How and what to watch for Nebraska vs. No. 5 Iowa

The Cornhuskers will have a huge challenge taking on one of the best teams in the nation.

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Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza shoots the ball over Ohio State Buckeyes guard CJ Walker during the first half at Value City Arena.  Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The Nebraska Cornhuskers have a tall task in front of them as they travel to Iowa City to take on the No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes and their powerful offense on Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Nebraska (7-17, 3-14 B1G) hasn’t had an easy time taking on any team this season and have fared particularly terribly in Big Ten play. Though they are on a two-game winning streak, they had lost nine of their last 10 previously. The Cornhuskers are led by Teddy Allen who is scoring 16.5 points per game, but no other member of the team is averaging more than 10.5 points per contest. KenPom ranks them as the 185th most efficient offense in the nation, which many would consider less than ideal when taking on Iowa.

The Hawkeyes (18-7, 12-6 B1G) offense has been fantastic this season, scoring nearly 85 points per game. They’ve won four of their last five, with their only loss in that span coming against No. 2 Michigan. Senior center Luka Garza is one of the best players in the nation and a favorite for the Wooden Award. He’s leading Iowa in points at 24.3 per game, rebounds with 8.4, and steals with just over one per contest. But he’s not the only great scorer for them, with Joe Wieskamp averaging more than 15 points per game as well.

KenPom is giving the Hawkeyes a 97% chance to win this game.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Nebraska vs. Iowa on Thursday, March 4th at 8:00 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network, or you can stream it via this link or on the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the Fox Sports Go app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Iowa -16
Point Total: 151.5
Moneyline: Nebraska +1000, Iowa -2500

  • Even with their many losses, Nebraska is 6-3 ATS in their last nine games
  • The Cornhuskers have hit the over in four of their last six games
  • Iowa has been as consistent as Nebraska in converting the spread recently, going 4-2 ATS in their last six.
  • The under has hit in every single one of the Hawkeyes’ last seven games.

The Best Bet

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Pick: Iowa -2500

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