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Iowa State Cyclones vs. North Carolina Tar Heels - 3/23/14 East Region

Iowa State Cyclones (27-7) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (24-9)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 5:15 pm (AT&T Center)

The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The North Carolina Tar Heels and Iowa State Cyclones will play Sunday afternoon in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

North Carolina found a way to beat the Providence Friars in the second round, 79-77. The Tar Heels dominated the glass in the victory, coming away with 21 offensive rebounds. On the season, North Carolina averages 76.4 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allows 69.3 points on 41.5 percent shooting. The Tar Heels strength is their rebounding at 39.8 boards per game, but their 62.6 percent free throw shooting is worrisome. North Carolina is led by sophomore guard Marcus Paige, who scored 19 points and had four assists in the win over Providence. The North Carolina Tar Heels are 16-17 ATS overall.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. North Carolina Tar Heels - 3/23/14 East Region

Iowa State took care of business in the second round, beating the North Carolina Central Eagles, 93-75. The win marked the third time in four games the Cyclones have scored 90-plus points. On the season, Iowa State averages 83.2 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allows 73.9 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Iowa State has several players who can put the ball in the hoop, as they shoot 35.5 percent from three. However, Melvin Ejim leads the Cyclones with 18.1 points and 8.5 rebounds. Iowa State shoots 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The Iowa State Cyclones are 17-15 ATS overall. 

The Tar Heels are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cyclones are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. 

The North Carolina Tar Heels were somewhat lucky to get past Providence in the second round. Now, North Carolina is going up against a scoring machine in the Iowa State Cyclones.

The Tar Heels don’t have the offensive firepower to keep up in this game, and the lack of consistent free throw shooting will be a key factor.

I’ll gladly take Iowa State and the small chalk before the number goes any higher. 

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Iowa State Cyclones -1.5

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