The defending champion UCONN Huskies will face off against the Iowa St. Cyclones in which should a good one in the South Regional.
The Cyclones are led by former Iowa St. star Fred Hoiberg who has led his team now as a coach to the big dance despite being bounced in the first round of the Big 12 conference tournament. They are the #8 seed in the South and earned that seed by playing the 38th toughest schedule in the nation. The team is lead by forward Royce White who leads the team in almost every major statistical area which includes points, rebounds, and assists. Scott Christopherson and Chris Allen are also major contributors who average over 10 points per game. The Cyclones average around 73 points per game a shoot 44% from the field as a team. They are allowing about 66 points per game while allowing their opponents to shoot 43.5% from the field. While the expectations were low to start the season, all of the attention today in Ames, IA will be squarely on the Cyclones. The betting odds used for our NBA pick is courtesy of Bovada sportsbook.
Even though the regular season was not what UCONN had expected after being ranked in the top 5 of the preseason polls, this Jim Calhoun led team still has the talent to make a run. UCONN was 12-3 in the non-conference this year which included a 4-2 record in neutral site games. Jeremy Lamb has been relatively consistent all season in pacing the Huskies in points per game average with an average of over 17 per game. Other double digit average scores for the club include guard Shabazz Napier, freshman guard Ryan Boatright, and potential lottery pick in freshman center Andre Drummond. This UCONN teams has struggled to score points at times, but still only allow their opponents o shoot around 38% from the field.
For the season Iowa St. is 6-1 following games in which they do not cover and are 4-0 this season ATS in games after a loss. UCONN is 4-0 in their last 4 vs. the Big 12 and is 14-6 ATS in their last 20 non-conference games. The Huskies are also 22-7 ATS in their last 29 neutral site contests.
Take a look at the totals lines which for this game is 135.5, the under doesn’t look like a bad option to explore further at the best sports book.