Purdue at Iowa NCAA Basketball Betting

December 1, 2010 NCAA Basketball

NCAA basketball betting on Tuesday includes the Big 10 opener for the Iowa Hawkeyes as they host fourth-ranked Purdue.

The Boilermakers are one of the few teams in the country who are still unbeaten. They should get a good team in this college basketball betting matchup against Iowa.

NCAA basketball betting has Iowa at 8-4 in their last 12 conference openers but they are just 1-4 in their last five. Last NCAA basketball betting season the Hawkeyes opened with a 68-65 loss at Ohio State. Iowa is coming off an 82-69 win over South Carolina State last week as they shot a season best 57% from the field. Matt Gatens scored 20 points to lead Iowa as NCAA basketball betting stats showed while freshman Eric May added 18 points.

One of the keys in this NCAA basketball betting game will be the absence of Iowa’s Anthony Tucker. He was suspended indefinitely after getting arrested for public intoxication. The Hawkeyes will be hard-pressed to beat Purdue without Tucker in NCAA basketball betting but at least Iowa is at home. The Hawkeyes have won 60 of their last 76 games in Carver-Hawkeye Arena over the last five college basketball betting seasons. Iowa has won 10 of its last 16 home games against ranked opponents. Three of Iowa’s four home losses last year were to ranked opponents and by four points or less in NCAA basketball betting.

In this NCAA basketball betting series it is Purdue that has the edge. They have won five straight games over Iowa, including a 75-53 NCAA basketball betting win at West Lafayette last season and a 49-45 win at Iowa City. The teams have split the last 12 college basketball betting meetings overall.

Purdue is the only team in the Big 10 that is unbeaten. Their most recent win was a 90-63 rout of SIU-Edwardsville last week. NCAA basketball betting stats show that five players posted double figures, led by JaJuan Johnson (16 points), E’Twaun Moore (15 points) and Keaton Grant (13 points). Moore averages a team-best 16 points and ranks second in assists (27) as NCAA basketball betting stats show while Robbie Hummel ranks first in rebounding (6.8) and second in scoring (14.7).

This is the earliest conference opener for Iowa since the 1952 season. Purdue comes into this college basketball betting game ranked sixth in the country in turnover margin (6.6), 15th in scoring margin (18.7) and 16th in free throw percentage. Last year when the teams played in Iowa City it was Purdue winning 49-45.

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