Iowa vs. Tennessee - 3/24/19 NCAA College Basketball Second Round Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa at Tennessee
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 11:10 AM (Nationwide Arena)
Tennessee Volunteers -8 -- O/U: 155.5
The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Tennessee Volunteers meet in an NCAA tournament second round matchup in college basketball action from the Nationwide Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Iowa Hawkeyes come into this matchup after upsetting Cincinnati in the first round by a final score of 79-72. Luka Garza led the Hawkeyes with 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting with a team-high 7 rebounds. Joe Wieskamp came right behind in 2nd with 19 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 4 threes and Jordan Bohannon was 3rd with 13 points along with a share of the team-high with 4 assists. Nicholas Baer added 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Iowa in the winning effort. Tyler Cook added 5 points on just 1 of 9 shooting, but still leads Iowa in scoring and rebounding with 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while Bohannon leads the Hawkeyes in assists with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Iowa is averaging 78.3 points per game on 45.8% shooting from the field, 36.5% from behind the arc and 73.8% from the foul line this season.
The Tennessee Volunteers will look to build some steam after narrowly scraping by Colgate, taking down the #15 seed by a final score of 77-70 in the first round last time out. Admiral Schofield led the Vols with 19 points on 6 of 14 shooting with 3 threes while Jordan Bone added 16 points and Jordan Bowden chipped in 14 points. Lamonte Turner added 13 points with a team-high 6 assists to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Tennessee in the winning effort. Grant Williams added 9 points and a team-high 7 rebounds and still leads Tennessee in scoring and rebounding with averages of 18.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while Bone leads the Volunteers in assists with 5.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Tennessee is averaging 81.7 points per game on 49.6% shooting from the field, 36.1% from behind the arc and 76.2% from the foul line this season.
Iowa is 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the SEC. Tennessee is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the Big Ten and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall.
This line feels a bit too big considering how well Iowa played against Cincinnati, pulling off the upset as the 10-seed. However, Iowa still hasn’t been very good ATS for a while now and if we are being honest this is a prime letdown spot for Iowa after taking down the Bearcats. Tennessee allowed Colgate to hang around for a while and it was almost catastrophic for the Vols, but I think Tennessee will focus up for this game and win by double figures, covering the spread in the process.