Virginia vs Iowa State March Madness Betting Guide
The Virginia Cavaliers take on the Iowa State Cyclones in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Friday night. Iowa State advanced by beating Iona, 94-81, and then UA-Little Rock, 78-61. Virginia knocked off Hampton in the first round and then took down upset-minded Butler in the second round. Find out the latest NCAAB online betting lines here.
Virginia Cavaliers vs Iowa State Cyclones March Madness Betting Guide
When: Friday, March 25, 2016, 7:10 PM ET (approx)
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network
Live Stream: March Madness Live
NCAAB Odds: Virginia (-5.5), O/U 141
Why should you bet on the Cyclones?
Even though Iowa State faded down the stretch, they were in the AP top 10 for the majority of the season, which is why they earned a first round. Iowa State showed their high-octane offense in both of their games so far, posting 94 and 78 points in the first two games. Georges Niang made a huge statement in the second-round game, posting 28 points. As long as they can keep the pace high in this matchup against Virginia, they should be able to keep it close — and perhaps even win.
Why should you put your money on Virginia?
The Cavs opened the season 12-1 and then faltered a little bit in the middle of the season, but finished strong, with five wins in their last six games, their only loss a four-point setback by North Carolina in the ACC tournament final. Their win over Hampton was fairly easy, but they trailed Butler at halftime. Malcolm Brogdon led the team with 22 points as Virginia stormed back, making 14 of their first 16 attempts after intermission and shooting a white-hot 73 percent in the second half.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Virginia relies on a plodding pace to enforce their will in games, running a halfcourt offense rather than relying on transition and speed. Butler used this against them in the first half before Virginia could recover. Iowa State has an offense that is even more powerful than Butler’s, and I like Iowa State to make Virginia the first 1-seed to go down, winning 80-75.