Iowa vs. Virginia NIT Basketball Pick

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#3 Iowa Hawkeyes
vs.
#1 Virginia Cavaliers

Date/Time: March 27th, 2013 7:00 pm ET

Television: ESPN

College Basketball Odds from BetDSI

Point Spread: Virginia -4

Total: 123

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Basketball Betting Game Trends

Iowa Hawkeyes

  • Iowa is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games.
  • Iowa is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
  • Iowa is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
  • Iowa is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.

Virginia Cavaliers

  • Virginia is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
  • Virginia is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games.
  • Virginia is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
  • Virginia is 14-4-1 ATS in their last 19 home games.

 

Another spot in the NIT Final Four will be on the line on Wednesday night in Charlottesville, where the Virginia Cavaliers will look to hold serve against the Iowa Hawkeyes in college basketball betting action.

Iowa has had itself a great season, and though Head Coach Fran McCaffery won’t be happy that this season didn’t end with a trip to the NCAA Tournament, he has to be thrilled with the way that his team has played over the course of the NIT. The Hawkeyes have to be building a ton of momentum for next season, especially with the way that some of these youngsters have played against some good, though not remarkable teams. G Roy-Devyn Marble is one of the many on this team that should ultimately be leading this team to the dance next year, and he has sent some real warning signs that next season could be a special year. Marble has scored 28 and 24 points in his two NIT games, and he has clearly been the best man on the team all postseason long. Of course, this is going to be a significantly different challenge for this team, as there is a big difference between coming to John Paul Jones Arena and playing at home at Carver-Hawkeye Arena against the likes of the Stony Brook Seawolves and the Indiana State Sycamores.

This is really the first big time challenge of the postseason for the Hoos as well. They did take down a Big East team in the second round of the NIT when they took down the St. John’s Red Storm, but with the way that the Johnnies had been playing, it’s a wonder whether we can legitimately call them a top flight team. The Cavaliers are going to try to slow things down quite a bit in this one, as they have done all season long against some of the best teams on their docket. Just as Marble has been flat out awesome for the Hawkeyes, G Justin Anderson has been a hero for Head Coach Tony Bennett. At 6’6″, there is no doubt that Anderson is one of the more physical players that the Cavaliers are going to bring to the table, especially since he has the game of a shooting guard. He has scored 33 points in his two games here in the NIT, and he had only scored a total of 20 points in his previous five clashes.

Prediction:

Just as we saw the Maryland Terrapins beat the Alabama Crimson Tide, we think that the Hawkeyes can come on the road and punch their ticket to Madison Square Garden as well. This is clearly a case of two very good teams that just didn’t have the room to get into the NCAAs this year, but Iowa has played the more inspired ball of the two. Go with the visitors. Iowa 61 – Virginia 57

Adam Markowitz

Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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