Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Tennessee Volunteers
Date/Time March 19, 9:10 p.m. EST
The 2014 NCAA Tournament tips off this week and the March Madness begins with four play in games that are known as the First Four. One of the more intriguing matchups in the early round features the Iowa Hawkeyes going up against the Tennessee Volunteers. These teams will meeting Dayton for the right to advance in the March Madness brackets and play the UMass Minutemen. One of these teams is clearly playing better than the other heading into this game.
Both the Volunteers and the Hawkeyes have to work hard to make this tournament and both narrowly missed out on the exciting post season experience. It will be Tennessee’s 20th all-time NCAA tournament appearance and 12th since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Cuonzo Martin, who will make his NCAA tournament coaching debut, is just the fifth Tennessee coach to get the program to the NCAA tournament. They hope to take advantage of a weak Iowa team that is struggling of late.
The Hawkeyes have to shake off their recent funk if they hope to advance. The Hawkeyes finished 9-9 in the Big 10, but lost eight of their last 12 games and were bounced from the Big 10 tournament in the first round by lowly Northwestern. That is not a good looking resume as they enter the tournament. Iowa is in the NCAA tournament for the 23rd time and will be looking for its first win since 2001, which could be very difficult with the way the Vols have played of late.
The latest college basketball betting trends reveal that the Volunteers have the edge when it comes to wagering angles in this game. The Volunteers are 5-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last 7 games after scoring less than 50 points in their previous game, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss and 4-1 ATS in the last five games overall. The Hawkeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The Vols are playing much better basketball all the way around. The Volunteers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and they have the skills to go deep in this tournament. Iowa is on a downward trend and they will not be able to buck that trend and will be one and done in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Free Pick: Tennessee Volunteers
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