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UAB vs. Iowa State - 3/19/15 NCAA Tournament 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

TV: TruTV

The UAB Blazers and Iowa State Cyclones play Thursday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament.

The UAB Blazers won the C-USA and have won six of their last eight games. On the season, UAB is averaging 68.1 points on 42.8 percent shooting and is allowing 67.3 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Robert Brown is averaging 13.1 points and 3.1 assists while Chris Cokley is averaging eight points and 4.6 rebounds. William Lee is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and Hakeem Baxter is dishing 1.6 assists. The UAB Blazers have seven players averaging at least 7.1 points, and they’re shooting 74.1percent from the line and 33.2 percent from deep. Defensively, UAB is allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 62 or less points in four of its last five games.

UAB vs. Iowa State - 3/19/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Iowa State Cyclones won the Big 12 and have won five straight games. On the season, Iowa State is averaging 78.4 points on 48 percent shooting and is allowing 69.3 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Georges Niang is averaging 15.5 points and 5.4 rebounds while Monte Morris is averaging 11.8 points and 5.2 assists. Jameel McKay is grabbing 7.4 rebounds and Bryce Dejean-Jones is dishing 2.2 assists. The Iowa State Cyclones have five double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 69.6 percent from the line and 36.6 percent from deep. Defensively, ISU is allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in three straight games.

The Blazers are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games following a ATS win and 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Cyclones are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. 

While Iowa State is going to win this game, I don't like how the Cyclones keep putting themselves in early holes. UAB can rebound the ball with the best of them and did compete with teams such as LSU and UCLA earlier in the season. I'll take the points here, but I'm not high on the pick. 

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UAB Blazers +13.5

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