Iowa State Cyclones vs. Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans - 3/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (30-4) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (22-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 6:10 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -6.5 See the Latest Odds
The Iowa State Cyclones will play the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans are 30-4 (17-3) and are coming off of an overtime win against Purdue by a score of 85-83 in their first game of the tournament. Josh Hagins led Arkansas-Little Rock with 31 points and 6 assists in the win. Arkansas-Little Rock was out rebounded by a total of 52-45, but was able to add 9 assists in the victory. Arkansas-Little Rock defeated Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe to win the Sun Belt Conference Championship. Arkansas-Little Rock is averaging 71 points per game while giving up 59.9 points per game. Arkansas-Little Rock is also averaging 33.8 rebounds per game and 13.2 assists per game. Josh Hagins is averaging 12.8 points per game and 4.7 assists per game for Arkansas-Little Rock. Marcus Johnson Jr. is averaging 12.7 points per game and 3 rebounds per game for the Trojans. Arkansas-Little Rock is shooting 73.2% on free throws, 39% on three-pointers, and 45.6% on all field goal attempts.
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The Iowa State Cyclones are 22-11 (10-8) and are coming off of a win against Iona by a score of 94-81 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Georges Niang led Iowa State with 28 points and 6 rebounds in the win. Iowa State was out rebounded by a total of 37-35, but was able to add 17 assists in the victory. Iowa State lost in the Big 12 Conference Tournament against Oklahoma by a score of 79-76. Iowa State is averaging 82.2 points per game while giving up 75.2 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.
Arkansas-Little Rock was able to storm back late in the game against Purdue and eventually won in double overtime. Iowa State was able to handle Iona, as the Gaels didn’t play very much defense. Iowa State has a very high scoring offense, but struggles on the defensive end. Arkansas-Little Rock plays tight defense and may be able to give the Cyclone offense some trouble. I like Iowa State to win this game.