Iowa: Best ATS team in the nation, loves the dog role

Iowa has been the No. 1 wager in college basketball this season with a 22-9 record ATS (against the spread). That hasn't stopped oddsmakers from giving them points tonight, though.

Iowa is a 4.5-point underdog at Virginia tonight in the NIT quarterfinals, a role they've relished lately. The Hawkeyes are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games as dogs, despite the fact they went just 1-6 SU (straight up) during the stretch. In their last four games as dogs, the Hawkeyes have covered lines of 10, 8.5, 13.5 and 6.

Iowa is primarily covering spreads with its stingy defense. The Hawkeyes are 15th in the country in opponent field goal percentage (38.8 percent) and ninth in opponent three point percentage (29.1 percent).

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