Western Carolina Catamounts at Iowa Hawkeyes Free Prediction


The 22nd-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes (8-2) welcome the Western Carolina Catamounts (3-9) to Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes will try to continue their six-game winning streak. Action starts at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

Western Carolina Catamounts at Iowa Hawkeyes ATS Odds

In their last contest, the Hawkeyes defeated the UMKC Kangaroos, 77-63, while the Catamounts were blown out by the Wright State Raiders, 96-73.

The Hawkeyes had a much better free throw rate (0.596 vs. 0.125) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.521 vs. 0.430). Western Carolina, meanwhile, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (25.0 vs. 22.6). Tyler Cook had a solid performance for Iowa with 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists. D.J. Myers had a good game for Western Carolina, recording 11 points and six rebounds.

Cook has been on fire as of late for Iowa, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

Iowa could have their way on the offensive side of the ball as their high-powered offense faces off against one of the nation’s worst defenses. The Hawkeyes currently rank 41st in offensive efficiency, while Western Carolina ranks 303rd in defensive efficiency.

Western Carolina Catamounts vs. Iowa Hawkeyes ATS Pick

Free Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Iowa, ATS Winner – Iowa, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Iowa ranks 13th in blocks allowed per game (2.0) while Western Carolina ranks 158th (4.4).
  • The Catamounts average 12.5 assists per game, which ranks 171st in the NCAA. The Hawkeyes rank 199th in assists allowed per game (15.1).
  • The Catamounts average 25.9 three pointers per game, which ranks 47th in the NCAA. The Hawkeyes rank 162nd in three pointers allowed per game (23.4).
  • Iowa ranks 124th in steals per game (6.1) while Western Carolina ranks 188th in steals allowed per game (9.6).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Hawkeyes have scored an average of 88.6 points per game (6.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 72.8 points per game (0.4 below their season average).
  • The Catamounts\u2019 average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 10.2, up from 8.4 for the season.