No. 14 UAB plays No. 3 Iowa State in Round of 64

March 19, 2015 NCAA Basketball

player laying up basketballWith the annual “Big Dance” or “March Madness” two of the common names for the 2015 Annual NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament that consists of some 68 teams gets underway, we will begin to preview some of the tournament games starting with a game that is in the Round of 64 that get underway this Thursday the 19th of March 2015.

Thus we will start with previewing the game between No. 14 Blazers of UAB 19-15 and the No. 3 Cyclones of Iowa State 25-8 with the game being played at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Kentucky and the game will tip-off at 12:45 PM ET and will be seen on TRU TV. Presently the No. 3 Cyclones of Iowa State are favored at -13 ½ with the Ov/Un 143 ½ and -1250 Money Line with the comeback +800 for UAB.

The UAB fans are not too happy with the fact that they no longer have a football program at their University, but they are pleased they have a basketball program that has produced a team for them to cheer for in this 2015 NCAA Tournament. Now that their team has won the title for the USA Conference, the No.14 UAB team landed a slot in the Big Dance of 2015, and their chances of going deep in this tournament look meek, since they play in this game the No. 3 Iowa State who have succeed in winning their 2nd consecutive title for the Big 12, yes the Blazers trip in this tournament could end early.

If you’re an UAB fan and want to wager on the Blazers, be aware that this team has already played against some of the who’s who in basketball, and don’t seem to be fazed about taking on the No.3 Cyclones of Iowa State, however to win this game could be difficult.

The Blazers of UAB made it to this “Big Dance” by winning their conference title and have experience from 4 games with teams in the Top 50, and they include UCLA, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Old Dominion, which from that group they had 1 win with Old Dominion and three losses.

The Blazer’s do have possibility of winning this game against the Cyclones but they will put a lot of hope on the star scorer Brown and how well he plays in this game. He is averaging some 13.2 points each game this season, and he is the only one on the team that scores in double figures this season. Their other 2 players, Lee and Cokely who average 7 plus per game, will also need to be in the scoring to give the Blazers the offensive help they will need in this game. Hopefully they will be able to take advantage of the Cyclones defense that ranked in the last place in the Big 12 as this season Iowa State has allowed some 70 points to their opponents each game. The Blazers of UAB this season in their last 8 games were 8-0 ATS (Against the Spread) and were scoring an average of 69.4 points in each of their games this season.

Then if you’re a Cyclone fan for Iowa State, the team that won 5 consecutive games in the highly competitive basketball Big 12 conference and most skeptics think they are ready to face this 2015 competition in this tournament.

It appears from all aspects that the No. 3 Cyclones of Iowa State is up for the game and has somewhat of an advantage over UAB. Iowa State this season has five players on their team that score at least 10 points per game, Niang with 15.5 PPG is the leader and Morris follows with 11.7 PPG, and lately Niang has averaged 18.5 per game and averaged 5.3 on rebounds and 3.8 on assists each game. Their 2 strong traits are their excellent passing and a team full of great shooters who in assists are 11th in Div. I with 16.2 each game they played.

If the No.3 Iowa State team can score as they scored against the tough teams of their Big 12 league, then just think the problems offensively they can give the UAB defense a lot of problems, since that defense allows their opponents some 67.8 points each game, and that with the fact that the majority of this year’s UAB opponents were not in the top 5 conferences this season.

If you Bet on College basketball at an Online sportsbook or other wagering sites, for your information the Cyclones of Iowa State in their last 5 games was 4-0-1 ATS (Against the Spread). The winner of this game will play the winner of the No. 6 SMU 27-6 and the No.11 UCLA 20-13 in the round of 32 that begins on the 21st of March.

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