Iowa State Cyclones vs. Connecticut Huskies - 3/28/14 East Region
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 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Connecticut Huskies will meet the Iowa State Cyclones on Friday for a spot in the Elite Eight.
Connecticut knocked off Saint Joseph’s and upset Villanova to reach the Sweet 16. UConn averages 72.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allows 63.7 points on 38.9 percent shooting. The Huskies are one of the best teams at turning defense into offense, as Ryan Boatright and Shabazz Napier are two crafty guards who help Connecticut average seven steals per game. Offensively, Napier leads UConn in pretty much everything, including 17.8 points. Napier did injure his leg in the win over Villanova, but will play in this matchup. The Connecticut Huskies are 19-15 ATS overall.
Iowa State has beaten North Carolina Central and North Carolina to advance this far in the tournament. On the season, Iowa State averages 83.2 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allows 74.2 points on 41.8 percent shooting. The Cyclones rely heavily on Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane, a duo that combines for 35.2 points per game. Iowa State shoots 69.8 percent from the free throw line and 35.8 percent from beyond the arc. Iowa State has also score d80-plus points in five of its last six games. The Iowa State Cyclones are 18-15 ATS overall.
The Huskies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games. The Cyclones are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
This is a tough game to cap with it pretty much being a toss-up. However, one factor that you shouldn’t overlook is the fact this matchup is being played at Madison Square Garden. The Garden is pretty much Connecticut’s home away from home, and a place where the Huskies have had great success in the past.
With that being the case and with Napier looking a lot like Kemba Walker in this tournament, I’ll take UConn and the point.