Hawkeyes go into NIT final as the best bet in the nation

Apr 3, 2013 |
Hawkeyes go into NIT final as the best bet in the nation
Iowa bettors have reason to celebrate this season.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Iowa bettors have reason to celebrate this season.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
It's fitting that the No.1 ATS (Against The Spread) team in college basketball will play in a championship game on Thursday.

The Iowa Hawkeyes have been a sports bettor's dream this season going 24-9 ATS, including a current 10-0 ATS run. The game opened as a pick 'em, but the money has come in on the Hawkeyes and the line jumped to 2.5. The total is 142.5, moving from 141.

Iowa has primarily used stifling defense to build up bankrolls. They held opponents in the NIT to 40.9 percent shooting from the field and 34.7 percent shooting from behind the arc. The Hawkeyes are 15th in the country in opponent field goal percentage and ninth in opponent three point percentage on the season.

One Hawkeye has made huge offensive gains in his game also - junior combo guard Devyn Marble has averaged 24.3 points during the NIT, up from his season average of 15.2.

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