Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Hawkeyes vs. Ducks CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Tournament Basketball Handicapping
(22-8) #2 Iowa Hawkeyes vs. #7 Oregon Ducks (21-6)
Date: Monday March 25, 2021
Time: 12:10 PM ET
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: Iowa -225 | Oregon +180
CBB Betting Odds: Iowa -5
CBB Betting Total: O/U 147
No. 2 Iowa had an awesome regular season, going 20-7 (14-6 Big Ten). The Hawkeyes beat Wisconsin in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament before losing to Illinois in the semifinals.
They opened the NCAA Tournament with an 86-74 win over No. 15 Grand Canyon, but the final score is not indicative of how dominant the Hawkeyes were. They led by double digits for almost the entire game and were up by 19 points in the second half. Iowa has the second-best offense in college basketball and leads the nation in turnover rate.
Luke Garza is having another great season after making a surprise return to college after winning the Wooden Award a year ago. The 6’11” center is once again a frontrunner as he is averaging an NCAA-leading 23.7 points per game on an incredible 56% shooting while grabbing 8.7 boards.
Garza is followed in production by junior Joe Wieskamp who is averaging 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, and a team best 1.1 steals per game. Fifth-year senior guard Jordan Bohannon is adding 10.9 points and 4.4 assists.
The foundation of this Iowa team is their deep range shooting as they are a staggering 40.3% on 3PT this year, which was best in the BIG10.
The #7 Oregon Ducks will have had nine days off since its last game when it takes the court on Monday afternoon. The Ducks were ousted by Oregon State in the Pac-12 Tournament on March 12, snapping a six-game winning streak. They finished the regular season with a 19-5 (14-4 Pac-12) record, which gave them the regular season conference title.
Their first-round opponent, VCU, had to withdraw from the NCAA Tournament due to COVID-19 issues. Oregon is an excellent offensive team, listed at No. 14 in KenPom’s adjusted efficiency and No. 30 in effective field goal percentage.
Senior forward Eugene Omoruyi leads Oregon with 16.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He is shooting an efficient 47.0% from the floor. Senior guard Chris Duarte is also scoring 16.7 points. He is an excellent 3-point shooter, knocking down 43.0% of his attempts from distance. Senior guard LJ Figueroa is adding 12.3 points and 6.1 rebounds.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Iowa is 0-3-1 ATS in last 4 games
- Oregon is 6-1 SU in last 7 games
- Oregon is 4-1 ATS in last 5 games
- Oregon is 8-1 ATS as an underdog
- Oregon OVERS are 7-0 in last 7 games
Free Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Oregon Ducks NCAAB Prediction:
Obviously the biggest uncertainty entering the game is just how ready will Oregon be to play. Having 9 days off and not playing in the first round certainly is a disadvantage for the Ducks as they will not have the familiarity with the NCAA Tournament environment yet.
That being said, I still like Oregon in this spot and that has to do with their coach. Dana Altman is one of the most underrated coaches in the country and has guided Oregon to at least the Sweet 16 in each of its previous 4 appearances. On top of that Altman is 15-4 ATS overall and 8-1 ATS as an underdog in the tournament.
This is a veteran roster who will be coming into battle Monday with nothing to lose. Upsets have been the story of this tournament and no one is safe. Take the Ducks and Altman to cover with a good chance for an upset.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Oregon ML +180
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