Connecticut Huskies vs. Iowa State Cyclones Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/28/14
Connecticut Huskies (28-8) at Iowa State Cyclones (28-7)
College Basketball: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:27 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -2 -- Over/Under: 146 See the Latest Odds
The Connecticut Huskies play the Iowa State Cyclones in the Sweet 16 on Friday night.
The UConn Huskies beat Villanova 77-65 on Saturday to advance to the Sweet 16. On the season, Shabazz Napier leads the Huskies in almost every statistical category, averaging 17.8 points and 4.9 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game, which are all team-highs. DeAndre Daniels is averaging a second-best 12.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for the Huskies. Ryan Boatright is averaging 11.9 points per game along with 3.5 assists and rebounds per game. UConn is averaging 71.9 points per game while shooting 44.8% from the field this season. The Huskies are a decent rebounding team, averaging 35.4 boards per game. Defensively, UConn ranks 37th in points allowed this season, allowing 63.7 points per game on average this season. The Huskies are a tough team to go against near the basket, averaging 6.2 blocks per game as a team, which ranks 8th in the country. UConn has won seven of their last nine, losing only to Louisville twice in the last month.
The Iowa State Cyclones defeated North Carolina 85-83 in the 3rd round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday. On the season, Melvin Ejim leads the Cyclones in scoring, averaging 18.1 point per game while pulling down 8.4 rebounds per contest. DeAndre Kane is averaging a second-best 17.1 points per game and a team-high 5.8 assists per contest. Dustin Hogue is averaging 10.9 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game for Iowa State this season. Iowa State is averaging an impressive 82.9 points per game, which ranks 6th in the country this season. The Cyclones are shooting 47.1% from the field as a team this season and are the best team in the country at distributing the ball, averaging 18.5 assists per game. Iowa State is a great rebounding team, averaging 38.8 boards per contest. The Cyclones are holding their opponents to 74.2 points per game on averages this season. Iowa State has won six straight games and defeated Baylor in the conference championship two weeks ago.
Iowa State is one of the hottest teams in the country right now after losing back-to-back road games back in early March. Since then the Cyclones have knocked off Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Baylor, and North Carolina. Meanwhile, UConn’s only losses since the beginning of 2014 are to Cincinnati, SMU twice, and Louisville three times. I think these teams will play at a steady pace and I think this will one of the higher scoring games of the Sweet 16. I would lean towards taking Iowa State, but I’ll take the over instead.