Iowa Hawkeyes (22-10) vs. Villanova Wildcats (30-5)
|Date & Time||Sunday March 20, 2016, 12:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -6 --
The Villanova Wildcats will play the Iowa Hawkeyes in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 22-10 (12-6) and are coming off of a win against Temple by a score of 72-70 in overtime of their first game of the tournament. Jarrod Uthoff led Iowa with 23 points and 5 rebounds in the win. Iowa was out rebounded by their opponent by a total of 49-38 but was able to add 13 assists in the victory. Iowa lost to Illinois by a score of 68-66 in their first game of the Big 10 Tournament. Iowa is averaging 78.1 points per game while giving up 68.7 points per game. Iowa is also averaging 38.4 rebounds per game and 16 assists per game. Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 18.9 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game for Iowa. Peter Jok is averaging 16.2 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game for the Hawkeyes. Iowa is shooting 71.9% on free throws, 38.2% on three-pointers, and 45% on all field goal attempts.
The Villanova Wildcats are 30-5 (16-2) and are coming off of a win against UNC Asheville by a score of 86-56 in the first round of the tournament. Daniel Ochefu led Villanova with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Villanova tied their opponent in rebounding with 32, but was able to add 21 assists in their victory. Villanova defeated Georgetown and Providence in the Big East Tournament before losing to Seton Hall in the Championship Game by a score of 69-67. Villanova is averaging 77 points per game while giving up 63.7 points per game. Villanova is also averaging 35.6 rebounds per game and 16.1 assists per game. Josh Hart is averaging 15.5 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game for Villanova. Kris Jenkins is averaging 13.3 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. Villanova is shooting 77.7% on free throws, 34.4% on three-pointers, and 46.7% on all field goal attempts.
Iowa is 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games. Iowa is 3-13 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games. The under is 10-4 in Iowa’s last 14 neutral site games. Villanova is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win. Villanova is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games against the Big Ten. The over is 8-2 in Villanova’s last 10 games.
Iowa missed some crucial free throws at the end of their last game and almost gave the game away late. Villanova struggled a little bit early in their game against UNC Asheville but ran away with the easy win in the second half. Iowa struggled to end the season and will have their hands full with a very good Villanova team. Villanova has been able to play tough defense this season and I like them in this game.