Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Tennessee Volunteers - 3/19/14 NCAA Tournament
Tennessee Volunteers (21-12) at Iowa Hawkeyes (20-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 9:10 PM (University of Dayton Arena)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Tennessee Volunteers and Iowa Hawkeyes will play in an NCAA tournament play in game on Wednesday night. Both teams have been up and down throughout the year.
Tennessee is a defensive team that forces tough shots and relies heavily on controlling the glass. The Volunteers hold teams to 61.4 points on 41.3 percent shooting and have held their last five teams to 56 or less points. Tennessee also averages 38.8 rebounds. Offensively, the Volunteers average 70.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Tennessee has three players averaging at least 10.5 points, but senior guard Jordan McRae leads the Volunteers with 18.6 points. Tennessee is 18-13 ATS overall this season.
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Iowa is a lot more offensive minded, averaging 82 points on 46.5 percent shooting. The Hawkeyes shoot 73.3 percent from the free throw line and 35.3 percent from beyond the arc. Senior guard Roy Devyn Marble leads Iowa 17.3 points per game. Defensively, Iowa allows 70.1 points on 41.4 percent shooting, however, the Hawkeyes have allowed 73 or more points in five of their last seven games. Much like Tennessee, Iowa is a big team that gets dirty in the paint, averaging 40.1 rebounds per contest. Iowa is 15-15 ATS overall this season.
The Volunteers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU loss. The Hawkeyes are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 non-conference games and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
With the spread being nearly a pick’em, I have no choice but to back the Tennessee Volunteers. Tennessee has won five of its last six games and gave the Florida Gators a major scare in the SEC tournament. Meanwhile, the Hawkeyes have lost six of their last seven games and are playing little to no defense.
The Volunteers are no joke defensively and will play Iowa extremely physical down low. Those are the teams that usually do well in tournament games.
Give me Tennessee before the number gets any higher.