The 16th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes (20-8) have seen the 12th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (23-6) supplant them atop the Big Ten standings after losing four times in five games.
Iowa’s skid started with an 85-78 loss at Indiana as a three-point road underdog on February 11, and the team is currently riding a three-game losing streak both straight up and against the spread.
The Hawkeyes are consensus four-point home favorites in the rematch Tuesday at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark.
While Iowa has been struggling, the Hoosiers have been surging with three straight wins and four in five games, beginning with the victory against the Hawkeyes.
Indiana is coming off a 74-47 rout of the Illinois Fighting Illini as 7.5-point road favorites on Thursday. Senior Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell tallied 27 points (19 points in the second half), five rebounds and five assists.
His team beat Iowa despite a poor shooting performance that saw him go 2-of-12 from the field. Instead, the Hoosiers got a balanced offensive effort, with five players scoring in double figures.
The Hawkeyes saw all five starters total 12 points or more at Indiana, but the problem in that defeat was their bench. Iowa’s reserves did not register a point, getting outscored 28-0. The team’s last three losses have come as a favorite each time; the latest was a 68-64 setback versus the Ohio State Buckeyes as four-point road chalk on Sunday.
The Hawkeyes will obviously have a short turnaround here, but they have performed well at home this season despite falling to the Wisconsin Badgers 67-59 as 6.5-point favorites last Wednesday.
Prior to that loss, Iowa won 16 in a row at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, although the team lost the most recent meeting with the Hoosiers there.
Indiana has hosted the past four meetings with the Hawkeyes, going 3-1 straight up and 2-2 against the spread, according to the Odds Shark College Basketball Database.
While the Hoosiers are also 5-2 straight up in the last seven games between the teams, they have failed to cover the spread in eight of the previous 11. That includes a 69-65 win as seven-point road favorites on December 31, 2012, which is the last time they visited Iowa City.