The Atlantic Ten and the Big Ten collide when the tenth-seeded Temple Owls square off with the seventh- seeded Iowa Hawkeyes. The game tips-off on TruTV this Friday, March 18, 2016, at 2:40 PM ET from the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York.
The Owls were a surprise victor of the AAC regular season championship but then lost their semifinal to UConn in the conference semifinals. The Hawkeyes were a top 25 team before dropping the ball down the stretch, losing five of six including a first round boot in the conference postseason by Illinois.
How To Bet The No. 10 Temple Owls vs No. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes NCAA Basketball Tournament Spread & ATS Pick
The NCAA Basketball Tournament spread favors Iowa by 7.5-points to beat Temple. If you want to bet the O/U the game total is 139.5. The moneyline favors Iowa at -330 while you can cash in at +270 if you back Temple.
What: NCAA Tournament – South Region – R64
Who: No. 10 Temple Owls (21-11) at No. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes (21-10)
When: Friday, March 18, 2016
Start Time: 2:10 PM ET
Where: Brooklyn, New York
Stadium: Barclays Center
Spread: Iowa -7.5
Moneyline: Temple +270 vs Iowa -130
Game Total: 139.5
Listen: Temple vs Iowa
Why Bet The Temple Owls at +7.5 To Beat Iowa
A loss at the hands of UConn in the ACC semifinals halted a four-game winning streak by Temple. But the Owls should hold their heads high. They have won 10 of their last 13 since January 31st. Temple was also a an above .500 ATS bet this season, with a 17-13 record against the spread including going 11 of 16 as underdogs. It was mostly due to their ability to keep game games close with a good defense. They allowed 67.4 points per game, and in their last four wins, no opponent score more than 62 on them.
However, Temple played lights-out against the better teams in the nation. The Owls are 7-3 ATS in their last ten games versus teams with a winning % above .600 and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games versus teams with a winning straight up record.
Why Bet The Iowa Hawkeyes at -7.5 To Beat temple
Iowa closed the year with question marks, after starting the season looking like a March Madness team by beating Wichita State, Purdue twice, and Michigan State twice again. If they can get their early season mojo back, bet on Iowa to make some noise in the Big Dance.
Iowa has enough offensive power to take over this game, they average 78.1 points per game while allowing 68.7. Their offense is powered by senior forward Jarrod Uthoff and junior guard Peter Jok. They average 18.9 and Jok 16.2 PPG respectively.
The Hawkeyes are 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games as a favorite of 7.0-12.5 points.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
- Hawkeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
- Hawkeyes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
- Hawkeyes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games.
- Owls are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
Expert Against The Spread Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Temple Owls are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Friday games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. Big Ten teams. The Iowa Hawkeyes are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the Hawkeyes are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Friday games.