NCAAB Free Predictions

Iowa State Hawkeyes vs Virginia Cavaliers Pick

When: 7:10 PM ET, Friday, March 25, 2016
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Odds: Virginia -5, Total: 141
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, CBS

Iowa State vs Virginia Preview

Should be fun to watch Virginia’s shutdown defense against Iowa State’s high-powered offense attack. The Cavaliers, own the second ranked scoring defense (59.5) in the country, while the Cyclones have the third-best offensive output (82.1) among remaining tournament teams.

Iowa State Cylcones (23-11): Guard Matt Thomas has taken a liking to tournament play, averaging 15 points while making 7-of-15 3-pointers through the first two rounds. The junior, who has one turnover in 77 minutes in those two games, is 12-of-24 from beyond the arc in six career contests in the Big Dance. Niang is winding up a stellar career with a flourish, producing double digits in made field goals in a career-high three consecutive games.

Virginia Cavaliers (28-7): The second-round win allowed ACC Player of the Year Malcolm Brogdon (22 points) to put forth perhaps the best of his seven career tournament games, and the only one in which he has shot better than 50 percent from the field (8-of-14). The Cavaliers have also been getting great production off the bench from big man Mike Tobey, who has made 9-of-11 shots, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots in 24 total minutes of tournament play. Guard Marial Shayok added 12 points versus Butler and has three double-digit efforts in his last four games after producing a total of four in his previous 29 affairs.

Iowa State vs Virginia Predictions

Iowa State is winless straight-up in six games as an underdog. The Cyclones do have a top scorer in Georges Niang, who has rung up 28 points in each NCAA outing. He will have a tough time against a Virginia team that held West Virginia to 54, California to 62 in overtime, Louisville to 47 once and 46 in the return match, Pitt to 50, Virginia Tech to 49. Blowout alert!!

Score Prediction
Virginia 76 – Iowa State 62