Against The Spread Pick
The Iowa Hawkeyes have built up plenty of momentum, especially after taking down Illinois at Carer-Hawkeye, but the road gets tougher as they head to Mackey Arena. The Hawkeyes have only lost once in their last seven games, and that was on the road at Maryland. The road has been the Boilermakers kryptonite, but luckily they return to the confines of Mackey, where they have been a real problem to deal with. Purdue is 18-2 in their last 20 home games. Iowa has only won once in their last 10 visits to Mackey. Purdue has covered the spread in two of the last three head-to-head meetings. Mackey Arena has proven to be a difference-maker, and that is why backing the Boilermakers to cover two points is the right play, but Iowa should make it tight.
Over Under Pick
Iowa has been able to score at least 67 points in each of their last 10 games. Purdue’s scoring totals have been all over the map, in road games, they struggle, but if you look at recent point outputs at home they are among the Big Ten’s best. The teams combined for a 156-point total in their lone meeting last season. With a much lower 137.5-point total reaching that number is likely, especially if the Boilermakers can’t slow down Luka Garza enough. Back the over.