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Iowa State vs UConn East Region Pick

After bouncing No. 2 Villanova from the East Region bracket the No. 7 UConn Huskies will next go up against the No. 3 Iowa State Cyclones in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

Connecticut topped No. 10 Saint Joseph's and No. 2 Villanova in their first two games of March Madness, while Iowa State is coming off wins over No. 14 N.C. Central and No. 6 North Carolina.

The game opened as a PK, but Iowa State was favored by two points at Bovada in what amounts to a home game for UConn (at Madison Square Garden). The total was 146 over at Bovada.


Iowa State has won and covered six straight games and is 6-2 ATS in its past eight tournament games. The UNDER is 13-3 past 16 UConn games overall (but two OVERs in tournament) and the Huskies are 7-2 ATS in their past nine tournament games.

Odds Shark computer pick - 76.2-74.0 Cyclones

This season, the Cyclones are 28-7 overall and 18-14-1 ATS, while the Huskies are 28-8 and 18-14-2 ATS. As for the totals, Iowa State boasts a 20-13 on the OU, and Connecticut is 12-22.

View Connecticut Huskies vs Iowa State Cyclones Odds and Stats.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Cyclones at No. 90 and the Huskies at No. 190 heading into this contest.

Connecticut was a 77-65 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Villanova. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. The Huskies got a terrific 25-point effort from Shabazz Napier as Connecticut defeated Villanova 77-65 on Saturday at First Niagara Center.

Iowa State was an 85-83 winner in their most recent outing at home against North Carolina. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites. DeAndre Kane scored 24 points and helped out with 10 rebounds for Iowa State on Sunday, leading the Cyclones to an 85-83 victory over North Carolina at AT&T Center.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Iowa State's No. 16-rated squad against Connecticut's No. 118-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Iowa State rates No. 16 in the country with 8.43 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 55 nationally with 7.28 per match.

A few Huskies at Cyclones trends to consider:
Connecticut is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Connecticut is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Connecticut's last 11 games
Iowa State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Iowa State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Iowa State's last 6 games