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March Madness - College Basketball Betting - Iowa State Cyclones UAB Blazers Odds

UAB Blazers

vs

Iowa State Cyclones
Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:40 PM ET
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The No. 3 Iowa State Cyclones will be gunning for their fifth straight SU win, 4-0-1 ATS, when they meet the No. 14 UAB Blazers in NCAA Tournament Round of 64 action.

The Cyclones return to the Big Dance for a fourth straight year, and second straight as a third-seed and favored by 13.5 points in early betting over at Bovada.

Iowa State is 4-3 SU in their last seven March Madness contests, and a solid 5-2 ATS, but has failed to get past the Sweet 16 since reaching the Elite Eight as a second-seed in 2000. The UNDER is 5-1 in the Cyclones' last six, but the OVER is 7-1 in ISU's last eight NCAA Tournament matchups.

No. 14 UAB returns to March Madness for the first time since 2011, after claiming their first Conference USA tournament title. The Blazers are 3-0 SU in their last three, but have been a risky bet since starting 2015 with 10 straight ATS wins, going 4-6-1 ATS in their last 11, but are 8-0 ATS in their last eight as underdogs.

UAB Blazers vs Iowa State Cyclones Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Iowa State Cyclones sport a record of 25-8 and 17-12-1 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the UAB Blazers have 19-15 and 18-13-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 14-14 for the Iowa State Cyclones and 13-13-1 for the UAB Blazers.

The Iowa State Cyclones sit at No. 76 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the UAB Blazers sit at No. 66 on the same chart.

How UAB Blazers vs Iowa State Cyclones Stats Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and UAB is ranked No. 49 in NCAA basketball at 36.59 per game. Contrast that with Iowa State's No. 69 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Iowa State is the No. 29-ranked team in the country at 7.79 per game, while UAB rates No. 193 at 5.5 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

UAB earned a 73-60 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday, getting 22 points from Robert Brown at Legacy Arena.

Iowa State got 19 points from Georges Niang en route to a 70-66 victory over Kansas on Saturday at Sprint Center.

UAB vs Iowa State Betting Trends:

Iowa State won five straight to end the season

Iowa State is 6-2-1 ATS past nine games as favorite

UAB covered eight straight as underdogs since January

UAB won outright five of past six games as underdog

Iowa State 7-1 SU, 6-2 ATS in first round games since 1996

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