Nevada Vs Iowa State Line & Betting TipsNoah Williams
Fifth-seeded Iowa State is riding high, but the Cyclones will take on an even hotter opponent when they face the streaking Nevada Wolf Pack on Thursday in a Midwest Region first-round matchup that could very well turn out to be the best first round matchup on the March Madness docket.
Now, let’s find out if Iowa State can take down their lower-ranked rivals to advance to the Round of 32.
How To Bet The Nevada Wolf Pack Vs Iowa State Cyclones Line & Betting Tips
Nevada (28-6) vs Iowa State (23-10)
When: Thursday, March 16 at 9:57 PM ET
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Odds: Iowa State -6
Why Bet The Nevada Wolfpack Odds at +6
Nevada is en fuego people, having won nine straight games including their 79-71 win over Colorado State on Saturday to win the Mountain West Conference tournament and earn its first NCAA Tournament berth in a decade.
The Wolf Pack average a healthy 80.0 points per game (38th) on 45.0 percent shooting from the field (144th) and 38.5 percent mark from downtown (41st). Defensively, Nevada has been solid in limiting their opponents to 70.9 points per game (141st) on 42.5 percent shooting from the field (107th) and 30.7 percent from beyond the arc (14th). The Wolf Pack have four players who average from 14.1-to-19.8 points, including leading scorer Marcus Marshall (19.8 ppg).
Why Bet The Iowa State Cyclones Odds at -6
The Cyclones (18-12 ATS) are feeling good after winning their last three games and nine of 10 overall, including their Big 12 tournament title game win over West Virginia on Saturday.
Iowa State averages 80.9 points per game (27th) on 46.9 percent shooting from the field (54th) and 40.2 percent from beyond the arc (14th). Defensively, the Cyclones are giving up 72.0 points per game (178th) on 42.8 percent shooting from the field (124th) and 34.8 percent from downtown (182nd).
Iowa State has four players averaging between 12.0-16.3 points per game including leading scorer Monte Morris (16.3 ppg). The senior point guard has a stellar 5.17 assist-to-turnover ratio to lead the nation for the third time in the last four years. Morris has also played in the Sweet Sixteen twice and has played in seven NCAA Tournament games overall.
Nevada Vs Iowa State Pick & Final Score Prediction
The betting public is virtually split on this intriguing matchup with 52 percent favoring Iowa State and 48 percent backing Nevada.
While I like the Cyclones a lot and picked them just over a week ago as a good 100/1 longshot to win it all this season, I’m going to back Nevada in this matchup simply because they’re nearly identical to Iowa State in every way from their three-point shooting and high-scoring ways to the fact that both teams really rely on a trio of players to get the job done. Besides, the Wolfpack are statistically better than the Cyclones, although i do have some concerns about the level of their competition.
Nevada has gone 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games following an SU win, 20-4-2 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a winning straight up record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
While Iowa State has gone 5-0 ATS in their last five NCAA Tournament games as a favorite of 6.5 points or less and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall, the Cyclones are also 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against teams from the Mountain West. Nevada covers in a thriller!
My final score prediction is Nevada 76 Iowa State 75