The Hawks Nest will be bumping this November as the 2020 NCAA basketball season tips off in Iowa City. Head Coach Fran McCaffrey will look to lead his team back into the NCAA tournament. And this time, they’ll shoot for better results. Having been ousted by Tennessee in the 2nd round of last year’s tournament, losing in the next to first round has become something of a habit for the Hawkeyes. This year’s team will look to finally get over that hump, but with major roster changes and injuries, that could prove a difficult task.
The Hawkeyes will go into the 2020 season with an eye on their first Big Ten Championship since 2006. Perennial powerhouses Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue, among others, will stand firmly in the way of achieving that goal. Las Vegas sportsbooks hardly view the Hawkeyes as threat, as Iowa basketball is at +6600 to win the Chip in 2020. Betting the Hawkeyes as this years’ NCAA champions could be harsh to both your mental health and wallet.
Instead, look for the value plays and bet Iowa basketball only when it proves overtly advantageous. Betting lines are usually furthest in the bettors’ favor early in the NCAA basketball schedule, when the books have yet to properly adjust to vast roster turnover. Keep your eyes and ears open early in the season, and run laughing to the bank.
How Early Season Roster Upheaval Will Affect Iowa Basketball Odds
With Jordan Bohanon recently having hip surgery, no time table has been established for his return. This leaves Iowa’s roster and season projection somewhat in flux. Head coach Fran McCaffrey will have to rely on his young talent to take the jump, and be successful. Look for freshman CJ Fredrick to become an important piece in the backcourt. Family ties run deep between coach and player. McCaffrey was an assistant coach at Notre Dame when Fredrick’s uncle, Joe Fredrick played college ball. After redshirting last season, CJ could become the star of the team in 2020. With Bohanon on the shelf for the foreseeable future, the rest of the roster will need to step up for Iowa to have any chance in Big Ten play.
To be blunt, Iowa Basketball’s odds of winning anything in 2020 aren’t great. The Hawkeyes face a steep, uphill battle to try and climb the ranks through an absolutely loaded Big Ten. Past that, a failure to ever advance past the second round of a national tournament in the McCaffrey era will give fans pause. Yet, there remains plenty of reason for optimism in Iowa City. In order to win the conference, Iowa will have to improve on a 23-win season. Easier said than done, without knowing when your best returning player can actually play. A second round NCAA tournament may be the best Iowa Hawkeyes basketball can hope for this upcoming season. But, that’s no reason not to find the best time to bet Hawkeyes basketball and fill your coffers with their victories.