Today’s NCAA Tournament Prediction: Iowa vs. Cincinnati – Basketball Pick for 3/22/19

NCAAB – FRI 3/22 | 12:15 PM EDT | NATIONWIDE ARENA

Iowa Trying to Bounce Back after Big Ten Tournament

The Iowa Hawkeyes averages 78.3 points per game and had big wins against Michigan, Oregon, and Iowa State through the regular season. Iowa coming back to the field after being AWOL the last two seasons, but they struggled down the stretch while dropping five of their last six games–together with a 74-53 lost against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament quarters last week. “We’re disappointed from our performance,” Hawkeyes senior Nicholas Baer said after that loss. “But at the same time we’re proud of the season we’ve had. We’ve got 22 wins…. This time of year, if you lose in the conference tournament, some teams, this is the end of their season. But for us, this is just the beginning.”

Defense May be the Key to NCAA Championship Tournament

The Cincinnati Bearcats makes a short drive to Columbus, Ohio for Friday’s game against Iowa seeking to keep the momentum from their American Athletic Conference Tournament Tile. Cincinnati ousted Houston 69-57 in Sunday’s AAC championship game Superstar performance 33 points from conference Player of the Year Jarron Cumberland. Defense, will be a big part to their NCAA Tournament hopefulness. “Today showed us what we’re capable of when we defend and rebound at an elite level,” head coach Mick Cronin noted. “To hold Houston to 30.6 percent shooting is just an unbelievable job by the kids defensively.”

Cincinnati’s been complaining about being a 7 seed instead of a 5. They’ve got a chip on their shoulder. Iowa’s got some shooters, but Cincy’s too tough, and they have a playmaker in Jarron Cumberland.

PICK *CINCINNATI -4.0

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