N.C. Central vs. Iowa State Odds

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SAN ANTONIO, TX (TheSpread) – No. 3 Iowa State looks to continue its winning ways today when it takes on No. 14 North Carolina Central at 9:50PM ET in the NCAA Tournament.

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Iowa State went 26-7 on the season and won the Big 12 Tournament. North Carolina Central went 28-5 on the year and won the MEAC title. According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Iowa State is favored, but not by too much. The Cyclones have odds of -8 points against N.C. Central. The over/under total for the game has been set at 145 points (View Matchup). These two have no recent meetings.

Iowa State went 16-15 against the spread this season while hitting the over 17 times. The Cyclones come in winning four straight and eight of their last 10. Iowa State has the sixth-ranked offense in the country, averaging 82.9 points per game while shooting 47.1 percent as a team. Defensively, ISU allows 73.9 points per game. The Cyclones are led by Melvin Ejim, who averages 18.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

N.C. Central was just 2-1-1 against the spread and it split the over/under in 4 lined games. The Eagles are rolling entering the tournament, as they have won 20 straight. N.C. Central has a very strong defense, as it holds opponents to 58.5 points per game, which ranks seventh nationally. The Eagles also hold opponents to 37.3 percent shooting, which ranks second in the country, and 37.3 percent shooting from 3-point land, which is ranks ninth nationally. On offense, N.C. Central posts 73.9 points per game. Jeremy Ingram is leading N.C. Central with 20.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

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These two will face off in the second round of the East Region, today at 9:50PM ET on TNT. The game will be held from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.

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