Iowa State vs. UAB NCAA Tournament - 3/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UAB Blazers (19-15) at Iowa State Cyclones (25-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 12:40 pm (KFC Yum! Center)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -13.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5 See the Latest Odds
The Iowa State Cyclones and the UAB Blazers face off on Thursday in Louisville in a first round game in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament.
The Iowa State Cyclones finished the season 25-8 and won the Big 12 Conference Tournament which is good enough to make them a number three seed I the NCAA Tournament. ISU is averaging 78.4 points ad they are shooting 48 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.3 points and their opponents are shooting 41.8 percent. Georges Niang leads the Cyclones averaging 25.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Monte Morris is averaging 11.8 points and 5.2 assists, Jameel McKay is averaging 22 points and 7.4 rebounds, and Bryce Dejean-Jones is averaging 10.9 points. Iowa State is 10-2 outside of the Big 12 and 4-2 in neutral site games.
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The UAB Blazers are 19-15 this season and they won the Conference USA Tournament which makes them a 14th seed in in the South Region. UAB is averaging 68.9 points and they are shooting 43 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.7 points and their opponents are shooting 42 percent. Robert Brown leads the Blazers averaging 13.1 points per game. Chris Cokley is averaging 8.0 points, William Lee is averaging 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds, and Hakeem Baxter is averaging 7.6 points. UAB is 4-9 outside of Conference USA and 3-3 in neutral site games.
Iowa State is 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games, 6-0 against the spread against Conference USA, and 9-3-1 against the spread in their last 13 neutral site games. UAB is 14-3 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, 4-1 against the spread in their last five neutral site games, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five neutral site games.
The total seems to be too high at 146.5 so my free pick Under. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.