Date/Time: March 23, 2014, 5:15 p.m. EST
This is when the 2014 NCAA tournament will start to get serious. The upsets have happened and the best teams have moved on. This round will be the difference between the serious teams who can win it all and the teams that got lucky in the first round. The Iowa State Cyclones won the first game but they have an injury that could slow them down. The North Carolina Tar Heels are looking to prove that they can win it all.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Cyclones listed as (-3) point favorites. This is a bit surprising considering how well the Tar Heels have played of late.
The Cyclones may have to score plenty of points in this outing. With its opening win over North Carolina Central, Iowa State improved to 20-1 under Hoiberg when scoring 90 or more points, including 10-0 this season. Coach Fred Hoiberg has discussed competing for titles since becoming the Cyclones’ coach four seasons ago, and expects his players to have the mindset that championships are within reach. “He’s always preached … a winner’s mentality,” guard Naz Long told the Ames Tribune. “If you’re not trying to be a champion, you’re not really trying to succeed at what you’re doing. He preaches that in and out of practice. We’re here to win a championship.” They have some serious issues in this game but believe it or not the Cyclones have the better coach and that will trans late into a big win for the Cyclones in this game.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that the Cyclones have the edge when it comes to the wagering angles in this game. The Cyclones are 5-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games when they go up against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games when they play against a team with a winning straight up record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games. The Tar Heels are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games when they go up against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games and 9-26 ATS in their last 35 Sunday games.
The Cyclones had to deal with injuries but they will still get a big win and advance in the big dance as they take down the Tar Heels.
Free Pick: Iowa State Cyclones -3
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