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The tenth seeded Iowa State Cyclones and second seeded Ohio State Buckeyes will lead off Sunday’s NCAA Tournament games at 12:15pm ET; national coverage on CBS. On the line is a trip to the Sweet 16, to face the winner of Harvard/Arizona (3/23, 6:10pm ET).
Iowa State, out of the Big 12, dismantled the 7th seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Friday night, 76-58. Following the game ND Head Coach Mike Brey stated “They’re so potent offensively,” to the Associated Press. “They keep you spread, and at times I really felt it was men playing against boys. They’re really, really good. They’re men.” As good as that all sounds, the Cyclones are going to need to play even better to get past a much tougher team named “The Ohio State University”.
Leading the charge versus the Irish was freshman F Georges Niang who scored 19 points to go with 3 rebounds and 4 assists. If Iowa State can get similar production and count on the 15.0 and 13.2 ppg regular-season averages from guards Will Clyburn and Tyrus McGee respectively, they may just have a chance in this one. Of course, it’s going to need to be a team effort and it’s definitely going to take 40 minutes of smart basketball, however don’t think for one minute that Iowa State couldn’t possibly pull this one out.
By no means is it going to be easy and Ohio State, Big Ten Conference Tournament Champions, is going to be ready to play, just as they were ready for their second round matchup versus the 15th seeded Iona Gaels. The Buckeyes didn’t just win the game… they blew the Gaels out en route to scoring the most points of any team in the second round, 95 points. Junior F Deshaun Thomas poured in 24 points as Ohio State steamrolled Iona for 40 minutes.
But one man does not make a team and Iowa State will need to be keen to several top players on the Buckeyes squad such as F Sam Thompson and any of the other six guys that average double digit minutes per game like PG Aaron Craft. Buckeyes Head Coach Thad Matta has several years of NCAA Tournament experience including some deep runs with Xavier and now at Ohio State.
While it is likely that Ohio State will prove too much for Iowa State to handle, there are always variables. But, when you throw in the fact that this game will be played in Dayton, Ohio, I don’t care how many Cyclone fans show up, this arena is going to be dominated by the Buckeyes. That will play a huge factor in this contest as Ohio State is playing a de-facto “home game”, as did a lot of other teams in the second/third rounds… like conference rivals Michigan and Michigan State.
As for the oddsmakers, LatestBettingOdds.com went with BetOnline and they are all in agreeance that Ohio State will advance based on the 7 point spread in favor of the Buckeyes. As for the straight up line, Cyclones bettors could stand to win better than 2.5 to 1 on their wagers with the line being: Iowa State +265 / Ohio State -310. Additional lines include the points total in over/under format, 142 points in regulation plus OT (if needed). That number is a bit high, but as we said, Ohio State posted 95 points versus Iona, and Iowa State didn’t do badly vs. ND with 76 points.
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