Iowa vs. Villanova - 3/20/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa Hawkeyes (22-10) at Villanova Wildcats (30-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 12:10 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -6.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5 See the Latest Odds
The Iowa Hawkeyes and Villanova Wildcats meet Sunday in the NCAA Tournament at the Barclays Center.
The Iowa Hawkeyes look for another win after beating Temple on Friday. The Iowa Hawkeyes are averaging 77.9 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 68.8 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 19 points and 6.3 rebounds while Peter Jok is averaging 16.2 points and 1.5 assists. Anthony Clemmons is dishing 3.7 assists and Mike Gesell is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Iowa Hawkeyes are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Hawkeyes are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The Iowa Hawkeyes are 3-3 this season on neutral courts.
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The Villanova Wildcats look for another win after beating UNC Asheville on Friday. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 77.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 63.5 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Josh Hart is averaging 15.3 points and 6.9 rebounds while Kris Jenkins is averaging 13.3 points and 2.1 assists. Ryan Arcidiacono is dishing 4.4 assists and Daniel Ochefu is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Wildcats are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The Villanova Wildcats are 5-2 this season on neutral courts.
The Hawkeyes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games. The Wildcats are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big Ten.
Iowa doesn't shoot the ball well enough to hang with an elite offensive team such as Villanova. The Hawkeyes bigs will help keep this game close for a while, but the outside shooting of the Wildcats will get them the win and the cover.