Iowa vs Nebraska Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Sunday, March 5, 2023

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The Iowa Hawkeyes (19-11, 11-8 Big Ten) welcome in the Nebraska Cornhuskers (15-15, 8-11 Big Ten) after winning eight home games in a row. It tips at 2:00 PM ET on Sunday, March 5, 2023.

The Hawkeyes are currently double-digit 11.5-point favorites over the Cornhuskers. The point total for the game is set at 155.5.

Iowa vs. Nebraska Odds

Point Spread for Iowa vs. Nebraska

The spread for this matchup is set at 11.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Iowa as the favorite.

Iowa vs. Nebraska Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Iowa has -714 odds to pick up the win, while Nebraska is listed at +493 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 155.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Sunday, March 5, 2023
  • Game Time: 2:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: Big Ten Network
  • Location: Iowa City, Iowa
  • Arena: Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Iowa vs. Nebraska Betting Trends

In Iowa’s 30 games this season, it has 17 wins against the spread. The Hawkeyes have come away with 15 wins in the 20 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Iowa’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 56.7% of the time (17 out of 30 games with a set point total).

Nebraska has 12 wins against the spread in 30 games this season. The Cornhuskers have won seven of the 22 games they were the moneyline underdog this season (31.8%). Nebraska’s games this season have eclipsed the over/under 43.3% of the time (13 out of 30 games with a set point total).

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Iowa vs. Nebraska Key Players to Watch


Kris Murray averages 20.5 points and 8 rebounds per contest — both team highs. He is also putting up 1.8 assists, shooting 49.4% from the field and 35.2% from beyond the arc with 2.2 made 3-pointers per contest. Filip Rebraca averages 14 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest, shooting 58.2% from the field. Tony Perkins is putting up 12.6 points, 2.8 assists and 4 rebounds per contest. Payton Sandfort averages 10.2 points, 4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest. At the other end, he puts up 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocked shots.


Sam Griesel paces the Cornhuskers in assists (3.8 per game), and puts up 11.7 points and 5.6 rebounds. He also posts 1.2 steals and 0.4 blocked shots. Derrick Walker is averaging team highs in points (13.8 per game) and rebounds (7.1). And he is delivering 3.6 assists, making 58.9% of his shots from the floor. Keisei Tominaga gives the Cornhuskers 12.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game. He also posts 0.6 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. C.J. Wilcher gets the Cornhuskers 7.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He also averages 0.5 steals and 0.2 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Iowa Hawkeyes

A total of 13 out of Iowa’s 19 Big Ten games this season have hit the over. The Hawkeyes have been carried by their offense, as they rank 17th-best in college basketball by putting up 80.7 points per game. They rank 299th in college basketball in points allowed (74.2 per contest). Iowa ranks 66th in college basketball with 33.7 rebounds per game this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 250th with 32.1 rebounds allowed per game.

The Hawkeyes are putting up 90.6 points per game at home. In road games, they are averaging 69.9 points per contest. Iowa is 96th in the nation with 8.1 threes per game so far this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 160th with a 34.7% shooting percentage from downtown. The Hawkeyes rank 126th in the nation with 6.8 treys allowed per game so far this season. Meanwhile, they rank 294th with a 35.7% shooting percentage allowed from three-point land.

The Hawkeyes have a 5-4-1 record against the spread while going 7-3 overall over their past 10 games. In its past 10 contests, Iowa has hit the over seven times. Iowa’s offense has been incredibly consistent recently, averaging the same 80.7 points per game over its last 10 games as it has the entire 2022-23 season. Iowa’s points-allowed average over its last 10 games (76.7) is 2.5 more points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (74.2).

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What you need to know about the Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska has covered eight times in 19 matchups with a spread in conference action this year. The Cornhuskers put up 67.3 points per game and give up 69.4, ranking them 293rd in the nation offensively and 156th on defense. Nebraska is 155th in college basketball in rebounds per game (32.1) and 297th in rebounds conceded (32.9).

In 2022-23 the Cornhuskers are averaging 6.5 more points per game at home (70.9) than away (64.4). In 2022-23, Nebraska is 276th in the nation in 3-point makes (6.5 per game) and 314th in 3-point percentage (31.7%). The Cornhuskers are the 20th-worst team in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded (8.9 per game) and 187th in 3-point percentage defensively (33.9%).

The Cornhuskers have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games, with a 5-5 record against the spread in that span. Eight of Nebraska’s last 10 games have hit the over. Nebraska is averaging 69.6 points per game over its previous 10 games, compared to its season average of 67.3. While the Cornhuskers are allowing 69.4 points per game in 2022-23, they have been worse over their previous 10 games, allowing 73.6 points per contest.

Iowa vs. Nebraska Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is Iowa, and we predict that Nebraska will cover the spread (Iowa -11.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 155.5 points.

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How to bet Iowa vs. Nebraska

You can bet on Iowa vs. Nebraska 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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