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Iowa State Cyclones vs. Iona Gaels - 3/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iona Gaels (22-10) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (21-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 1:30 pm (Pepsi Arena)

The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -8 See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS

The Iowa State Cyclones will play the Iona Gaels in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

The Iona Gaels are 22-10 (16-4) and are the #13 seed in the Midwest Region. Iona won the MAAC championship and defeated Canisius (73-55), Siena (81-70), and Monmouth (79-76) in the conference tournament. Before the conference tournament, Iona finished the regular season by winning their last 5 games. Iona is averaging 79.6 points per game while giving up 73.7 points per game. Iona is also averaging 36.9 rebounds per game and 16.8 assists per game. A.J. English is averaging 22.4 points per game and 6.2 assists per game for Iona. Jordan Washington is averaging 13.8 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Gaels. Iona is shooting 71.2% on free throws, 37.2% on three-pointers, and 45.6% on all field goal attempts.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Iona Gaels - 3/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Iowa State Cyclones are 21-11 (10-8) and are the #4 seed in the Midwest Region. Iowa State lost in the second round of the Big 12 tournament against Oklahoma by a score of 79-76. Before the conference tournament, Iowa State finished the regular season by winning 2 of their last 3 games. Iowa State has good conference wins against Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Iowa State is averaging 81.8 points per game while giving up 75 points per game. Iowa State is also averaging 36.1 rebounds per game and 16.5 assists per game. Georges Niang is averaging 19.8 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game for Iowa State. Monte Morris is averaging 13.9 points per game and 6.9 assists per game for the Cyclones. Iowa State is shooting 70.6% on free throws, 38% on three-pointers, and 50.2% on all field goal attempts.

Iona is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games. Iona is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games. The under is 4-0 in Iona’s last 4 neutral site games. Iowa State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win. Iowa State is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The over is 4-1 in Iowa State’s last 5 NCAA Tournament games.

Iona comes into this game after upsetting Monmouth in their conference championship game. Iowa State wasn’t able to win a game in their conference tournament. Both of these teams are high scoring, so the over may be worth a look in this game. This game should be very entertaining to watch and I think Iona will be able to keep this close. 

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