The number 1 seeded Virginia Cavaliers have proven to be one of the best teams in the NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers take on the number 4 seeded Iowa State Cyclones in the Sweet 16 on Friday, March 25. The game takes place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Tip-off is at 7:10 pm ET.
Iowa State is 4 and 2 straight up in their last 6 games. The Cyclones have won 6 out of their last 10 straight up. Virginia is 8 and 2 straight up in their last 10 games.
Bet the No. 4 Iowa State Cyclones vs No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers March Madness Sweet Sixteen Odds
The NCAA Basketball Tournament March Madness Sweet Sixteen betting line favors Virginia by 5-points to beat Iowa State. The game total is 141 points. If you are betting the moneyline then Iowa State pays $200 on $100 while Virginia pays $100 on $250. The Cavaliers have gone 18-14-1 ATS this season. Virginia is 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games. Iowa State has gone 17-13-1 ATS this season. The Cyclones are 5 and 1 ATS in their last 14 games.
What: March Madness – Midwest Region – Sweet Sixteen
Who: No. 4 Iowa State Cyclones (23-11) at No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (28-7)
When: Friday, March 25, 2016
Start Time: 6:10 PM ET
Where: Chicago, Illinois
Stadium: United Center
Spread: Virginia -5
Moneyline: Iowa State +200 vs Virginia -250
Game Total: 141
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Iowa State vs Virginia
Why Bet The No. 4 Seeded Iowa State Cyclones at +5
Iowa State’s Georges Niang and Jameel McKay could control the paint versus the Cavaliers. Niang averages 20.2 points and 6.2 boards per game. The problem with guarding Niang is that he can also shoot the three well. Niang scored 28 points, grabbed 6 boards and dished 3 assists versus both Iona in Round 1 and Arkansas-Little Rock in Round 2. Jameel McKay averages over 11 points and over 9 boards per game. Both guys can run the floor.
Why Bet The No. 1 Seeded Virginia Cavaliers -at 5
Virginia has a flexible style of play. The Cavaliers can either run with you, or they can play lock down defense. It totally depends on what Coach Tony Bennett feels will be more effective. Against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament Championship, Bennett had his fellas slow it down. Although Virginia lost 57 to 61, the Cavaliers were in it until the very last minute. Versus Butler in Round 2 of the NCAA Tournament, Bennett had his guys speed it up. The Cavaliers beat Butler 77 to 69.
March Madness Sweet 16 Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Virginia’s ability to be flexible in style of play gives them a huge edge over Iowa State in this Sweet 16 matchup. What it means is that the Cavaliers can force the Cyclones into a half-court game where Iowa State will be uncomfortable.
The Cyclones have only one way to go. They want to run and gun. But when you play against Virginia, you have to be patient. In a slowdown game, Niang may not be as effective versus a defense like Virginia’s. I see Malcolm Brogdon and the Cavaliers controlling this one form the outset. It won’t be a pretty victory for the Cavaliers, but it will be one that covers the spread