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Iowa State Unable to Win As Underdogs

Iowa State has difficulties overcoming the underdog mantle as the team has lost six consecutive games this season when they closed as dogs. Those six games saw the Cyclones post an average scoring margin of  -7.1 points. Iowa State will certainly be spotted points when they take on the Virginia Cavaliers in the Sweet 16 Friday.

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  • The UNDER is 12-3 in Virginia’s past 15 games.
  • The UNDER is 6-2 in Iowa State’s past eight games in March.
  • Virginia is 5-0 SU and ATS in their last five games when favorites of 5.5 points or fewer.

There were quiet rumblings that Georges Niang was the type of player who struggled in March, but the senior has quelled any such notion this year. Since the calendar flipped to the third month, Niang has averaged 27.3 points, six rebounds and four assists per game. The Cyclones were draining everything in their Round of 32 contest against Little Rock, one of the best defensive teams in the nation, as TSU hit over 56 percent from the field.

Though Virginia is a defense-first team, their shooting stroke was gorgeous in the second half against Butler. The Cavaliers shot 73 percent from the field in the second half while putting up 54 points in the frame.

Iowa State Cyclones vs Virginia Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Virginia Cavaliers battles the Iowa State Cyclones, currently sitting with a 23-11 mark (17-13-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 14-19 for the Virginia Cavaliers and 14-16-1 for the Iowa State Cyclones.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 163-rated Iowa State Cyclones taking on the No. 22-rated Virginia Cavaliers in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Iowa State Cyclones rank No. 148 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 35.88 per game. That compares with Virginia’s No. 247 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Virginia is college basketball's No. 212-ranked team at 6.06 per game, while the Iowa State Cyclones rate No. 45 with 8.41 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Iowa State earned a 78-61 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday, getting 28 points from Georges Niang at Pepsi Center.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 22 points leading the Cavaliers to a 77-69 victory over Butler at PNC Arena on Saturday.