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Can Streaking Iona Pull Off The Upset?

The Iona Gaels enter the NCAAB Tournament as one of the hottest teams in the country, as they ride an eight game winning streak that has also seen them go 7-1 ATS. Iona’s high-octane offense has averaged 81.6 points per game during their winning streak and has only once been held under 75 points. Iona may be in for a shootout in their First Round matchup against an Iowa State Cyclones team that averaged over 80 points per game this Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • Iowa State is 14-2-1 ATS in their past 17 games as favorites in March.
  • Iona is 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS in their past five games as underdogs in March.
  • OVER is 7-2 in Iowa State’s past nine tournament games.

Iowa State enters their tourney coming off back-to-back losses to Oklahoma and Kansas. Though the Cyclones have not often found themselves in this position, the team is 12-1 SU in their past 13 games coming off back-to-back defeats. Senior Georges Niang did everything he could in those two games with a combined 53 points on 61.1 percent shooting.

If there is one mid-major player that could break into the national spotlight during the tournament it is A.J. English. The guard has averaged 22.4 points with six games of 30-plus points on the season.

Click here for a history of the No. 4 vs. No. 13 matchup.

Iona Gaels vs Iowa State Cyclones Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Iona Gaels will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Thursday; they are 16-15 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Iowa State Cyclones are 15-13-1 ATS. Iona Gaels are 15-15-1 on betting the total; Iowa State Cyclones are 13-15-1.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 163-rated Iowa State Cyclones and the No. 17-ranked Iona Gaels, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Iowa State's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 81.84 PPG, against a Gaels defense that ranks No. 181 at 73.66 PPG. The Cyclones field goal percentage has averaged 50.15% so far, more than the Gaels marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.61% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Iona earned a 79-76 victory over Monmouth on Monday, getting 19 points from A.J. English at Times Union Center.

Iowa State got 31 points from Georges Niang en route to a 79-76 loss at the hands of Iowa State on Thursday at Sprint Center.

Betting Trends
  • Iona is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Iona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Iowa State's last 9 games