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Is 12th-Seeded Nevada Worth a Look?

A clash of excellent 3-point offense and defense is set for the Round of 64 when the Iowa State Cyclones and Nevada Wolf Pack tangle in Milwaukee on Thursday. Sportsbooks opened the Cyclones as 6.5-point favorites with a total of 155.5.

Shark Bites
  • Iowa State is 1-5-1 ATS in its last seven games against the Mountain West.
  • Iowa State is 3-0 SU and ATS in its last three games after winning as an underdog.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of Nevada's last five games against the Big 12.

Iowa State was 14th in the country with a 40.2 shooting percentage from beyond the arc this season, while opponents of the Wolf Pack have shot 30.7 percent from 3-point range – the 15th-lowest mark in the nation.

The Cyclones go as far as point guard Monte Morris will take them, so watch out for him in this matchup. Morris averages a team-high 16.3 points and 6.1 assists, while his 5.17 assist-to-turnover ratio put him at the top of that category in the country for the third time in his four years of NCAA play.

Everyone talks about upsets in March Madness, and the 12th seed topping the fifth seed is a trendy pick year in and year out. That’s because 12th-seeded teams have a solid 10-10 SU record against fifth seeds in the last five years at the NCAA tournament.

Nevada Wolf Pack vs Iowa State Cyclones Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Iowa State Cyclones sport a record of 23-10 and 18-12 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Nevada Wolf Pack have 28-6 and 23-10-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 18-12 for the Iowa State Cyclones and 18-15-1 for the Nevada Wolf Pack.

This college basketball game matches up the No. 63 (Iowa State) and the No. 7 (Nevada) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA basketball power rankings.

Statistical Matchup

In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Iowa State's No. 175-rated squad against Nevada's No. 29-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Iowa State rates No. 10 in the country with 9.97 per game, while their foes tonight, the Nevada Wolf Pack rank No. 29 nationally with 9.18 per match.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Jordan Caroline scored 23 points and added 23 rebounds for a double-double, leading Nevada over Colorado State, 79-71, on Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center.

The Cyclones grabbed a 80-74 win over the Mountaineers on Saturday, behind a 17-point effort from Monte Morris at Sprint Center.