College Basketball Odds In Iowa: Use The State’s Sportsbook Options To Get The Best Lines

Written By Russ Mitchell on November 9, 2021 - Last Updated on March 15, 2024
College Basketball Odds

Promos like DraftKings’ “Bet $1, Win $100” offer are a great incentive to set up a sportsbook account.

But, there’s another benefit. College basketball odds can vary enough in the futures market to make a big difference.

Here’s a Big 12 example as college basketball season tips off Tuesday night. Keep in mind this is just a preseason snapshot. Even futures odds can change by the hour.

  • Unibet and BetRivers sportsbooks give Texas Tech longer odds and a better payout to win the conference at +1800 compared to what an Iowa customer would find at DraftKings, Caesars or BetMGM (+800).
  • But it works the other way, too. A West Virginia payout to win the Big 12 is better at DraftKings (+1200), Caesars, FanDuel or Betfred (+1400) than it is at Unibet or BetRivers (+750). Same $100 bet, but a much different outcome.

They’re all great sportsbooks that PlayIA is happy to recommend. They just happen to weigh Texas Tech and West Virginia differently as the first shots of the season go through a hoop.

Also, note that Kansas, Texas and Baylor — all preseason AP top 10 teams — have shorter and less diverse odds among Iowa’s top sportsbooks.

College basketball odds to win the Big 12 at Iowa sportsbooks

Big 12 TeamDraftKings SportsbookCaesars SportsbookFanDuel SportsbookBetMGM SportsbookBetfred SportsBetRivers Sportsbook
Unibet Sportsbook and
Barstool Sportsbook
PointsBet Sportsbook
Texas Tech+800+800+850+800+850+1800+800
West Virginia+1200+1400+1400+1000+1400+750+1000
Oklahoma State+1600+1400+1600No Line+1600+3000+1700
Kansas State+15000+15000+12000+10000+12500+15000+15000
Iowa State+15000+15000+12000+15000+12500+25000+20000

Iowa State fans who are optimistic enough to bet on Cyclones basketball will see some fluctuations when line-shopping. Oddsmakers think first-year coach T.J. Otzelberger will need more than a season to see winning basketball return to Ames, however.

Fans will need ESPN+ subscription access to stream the Cyclones in their 7 p.m. opener vs. Kennesaw State.

Kennesaw State at Iowa State odds

The Owls from Georgia have an experience edge over the Cyclones. They return over 90% of their scoring from last year. Iowa State has about 13% of its scoring coming back from last year.

Iowa college basketball odds are a little shorter

Shopping for the best lines with a $100 bet on Iowa basketball to win the Big Ten could make a $1,500 difference, based on the longest and shortest odds. But remember, Iowa’s odds are long for a reason. Purdue and Michigan have almost identical odds to win the conference championship.

Big Ten TeamDraftKings SportsbookCaesars SportsbookFanDuel SportsbookBetfred SportsbookBetRivers Sportsbook
Unibet Sportsbook
Barstool Sportsbook
PointsBet Sportsbook
Ohio State+500+600+480+475+600+600
Michigan State+900+1000+1000+1000+900+850
Penn State+7000+6000+8000+8000+20000+10000

The Hawkeyes have a 9 p.m. game Tuesday as they host Longwood. BTN will carry the game.

Longwood finished at 12-17, including a 10-10 mark in the Big South Conference. The Lancers won eight of its last 10 regular-season games a season ago. The Lancers then lost 80-66 to Pepperdine in the first round of the 2021 College Basketball Invitational. They’re picked to finish second in the north division of the Big South Conference behind Campbell.

Missouri Valley Conference odds

Drake’s MVC peers pick the Bulldogs to win the conference, but sportsbooks like Loyola Chicago instead. Northern Iowa is the third choice at both sportsbooks and in the preseason conference poll.

MVC TeamCaesars Sportsbook BetMGM Sportsbook BetRivers Sportsbook
Unibet Sportsbook and
Barstool Sportsbook
PointsBet Sportsbook
Northern Iowa+900+800+1000+600
Missouri State+1000+800+1000+600
Southern Illinois+2500+1600+2000+2000
Indiana State+10000+6600+6500+8000
Illinois State+10000+8000+10000+8000

7 p.m. — Nicholls State at UNI (ESPN3)

Your betting guide: FanDuel Sportsbook Iowa has odds for this game. As of Monday night, UNI was a 10.5-point favorite. Moneylines are -780 for the Panthers and +530 for the Colonels. Nicholls State is the Southland Conference champions and the team is picked to repeat this year.

UNI is an 11-point favorite at BetRivers Sportsbook, Unibet Sportsbook and Barstool Sportsbook in Iowa. The moneyline is +480 for Nicholls State and -715 for UNI. The total is 149 (O -108, U -113).

7 p.m. — Coe College at Drake (ESPN3)

Your betting guide: Coe College is a Division III school, so the Drake season opener likely won’t surface on the sportsbooks in Iowa that offer college basketball odds. The Kohawks will have two games under their belt by the time they go to Des Moines. Coe opened with a 117-82 win Friday over Grinnell. They beat Cornell College 78-62 Monday night in Mount Vernon.

November schedule for Iowa, Iowa State, Drake and UNI

Tuesday, Nov. 9Longwood at Iowa
Kennesaw State at Iowa State
Nicholls State at UNI
Coe at Drake
Thursday, Nov. 11Vermont at UNI
Friday, Nov. 12Kansas City at Iowa
Oregon State at Iowa State
Sunday, Nov. 14South Dakota at Drake
Dubuque at UNI
Tuesday, Nov. 16North Carolina Central at Iowa
Alabama State at Iowa State
Wednesday, Nov. 17UNI at No. 16 Arkansas
Thursday, Nov. 18Alabama State at Iowa
Saturday, Nov. 20Richmond at Drake
Sunday, Nov. 21Grambling State at Iowa State
Monday, Nov. 22Western Michigan at Iowa
Wednesday, Nov. 24Iowa State vs. Xavier (NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn, NY)
Thursday, Nov. 25Drake vs. Belmont (ESPN Events Invitational in Orlando)
Friday, Nov. 26Portland State at Iowa
Iowa State vs. Memphis or Virginia Tech (NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn, NY)
Drake vs. Alabama or Iona (ESPN Events Invitational)
Saturday, Nov. 27UNI at St. Bonaventure
Sunday, Nov. 28Drake vs. Dayton-Miami FL or Kansas-North Texas (ESPN Events Invitational)
Monday, Nov. 29Iowa at Virginia (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)
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Russ Mitchell has been covering news and sports in northwest Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most acclaimed community newspapers in the state. He looks forward to keeping readers up to date on the growing sportsbook industry in Iowa.

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