Auburn vs Iowa Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Thursday, March 16, 2023

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The No. 9 seed Auburn Tigers (20-12) and the No. 8 seed Iowa Hawkeyes (19-13) meet on Thursday at 6:50 PM in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The matchup airs on TNT.

Thursday’s matchup between the Tigers and the Hawkeyes features the Tigers as close 1.5-point favorites. The over/under is 151.5 points for the matchup.

Auburn vs. Iowa Odds

Point Spread for Auburn vs. Iowa

The spread for this matchup is set at 1.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Auburn as the favorite.

Auburn vs. Iowa Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Auburn has -127 odds to pick up the win, while Iowa is listed at +107 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 151.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, March 16, 2023
  • Game Time: 6:50 PM ET
  • TV Channel: TNT
  • Location: Birmingham, Alabama
  • Arena: Legacy Arena at BJCC

Auburn vs. Iowa Betting Trends

Auburn is 15-16-1 against the spread this season. The Tigers have been victorious in 20, or 80%, of the 25 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. Auburn’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 19 times in 32 opportunities (59.4%).

Iowa is 17-14-1 against the spread this season. The Hawkeyes have won three of the eight games they were the underdog on the moneyline this season (37.5%). Iowa’s games this season have hit the over 56.2% of the time (18 out of 32 games with a set point total).

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Auburn vs. Iowa Key Players to Watch


Johni Broome leads his team in both points (14) and rebounds (8.4) per game, and also averages 1.4 assists. Defensively, he delivers 0.9 steals and 2.3 blocked shots. Wendell Green Jr. puts up a team-leading 4.2 assists per contest. He is also averaging 13.8 points and 3.3 rebounds, shooting 36.3% from the field and 29.5% from beyond the arc with 1.3 made 3-pointers per contest. Jaylin Williams is posting 11.1 points, 2.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds per contest. Allen Flanigan is putting up 10.1 points, 1.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds per contest.


Kris Murray tops the Hawkeyes in scoring (20.4 points per game) and rebounding (7.9), and produces 2 assists. He also puts up 1 steal and 1.2 blocked shots. Filip Rebraca gives the Hawkeyes 14.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. He also delivers 0.5 steals and 1 block. Tony Perkins gets the Hawkeyes 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He also posts 1.5 steals and 0.4 blocked shots. Connor McCaffery is posting a team-leading 3.7 assists per contest. And he is delivering 6.5 points and 4 rebounds, making 37.8% of his shots from the floor and 33% from 3-point range, with 1.2 treys per game.

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What you need to know about the Auburn Tigers

On offense, the Tigers are scoring 72.7 points per game (154th-ranked in college basketball). They are giving up 67.1 points per contest on defense (89th-ranked). Auburn is averaging 32.8 boards per game (112th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing 31.8 rebounds per contest (225th-ranked).

Auburn is sinking 6.5 threes per game (279th-ranked in college basketball). It owns a 31.4% shooting percentage (321st-ranked) from beyond the arc. The Tigers are playing well when it comes to defending against three-pointers, as they rank 17th-best in college basketball in treys allowed (5.6 per game) and fifth-best in three-point percentage allowed (28.8%).

The Tigers have a 4-5-1 record against the spread while finishing 3-7 overall over their last 10 contests. Auburn has hit the over in five of its past 10 contests. Auburn has seen a downturn in scoring recently, racking up 71.3 points per game in its last 10 outings, 1.4 points fewer than the 72.7 it has scored this year. The last 10 games have seen Auburn allow 5.4 more points per game (72.5) than its season-long average (67.1).

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What you need to know about the Iowa Hawkeyes

The Hawkeyes are the 17th-best team in the nation in points scored (80.2 per game) and 299th in points conceded (74.4). Iowa collects 33.6 rebounds per game and give up 32 boards, ranking 69th and 243rd, respectively, in college basketball.

Beyond the arc, Iowa is 93rd in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (8.1). It is 175th in 3-point percentage at 34.3%. Defensively, the Hawkeyes are 168th in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded per game at 7.1. They are 331st in 3-point percentage allowed at 36.6%.

The Hawkeyes have a 3-6-1 record against the spread while finishing 5-5 overall in their past 10 games. In its past 10 games, Iowa has hit the over six times. In its past 10 games, Iowa is putting up 77.4 points per game, 2.8 fewer points than its season average (80.2). The Hawkeyes are allowing 76.9 points per contest in their last 10 games, compared to their season average of 74.4 points allowed.

Auburn vs. Iowa Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this game is Auburn, and we project that Auburn will cover the spread (Auburn -1.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 151.5 points.

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How to bet Auburn vs. Iowa

You can bet on Auburn vs. Iowa at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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