Can Iowa stop its skid against Temple?
Will the struggles for No. 7 Iowa continue today in the NCAA Tournament when it faces No. 10 Temple at 3:10PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Iowa is the favorite in this game, as the Hawkeyes are getting odds of -7.5 points against Temple. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 139.5 points. These two meet in the second round of the South Region from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Iowa is 21-10 on the season, 2-3 on a neutral floor and 14-14 against the spread. Temple is 21-11 overall, 2-4 on a neutral court and 17-13 against the spread. The Hawkeyes are an at-large bid out of the Big Ten after going 12-7 in conference play. Temple was the American Athletic Conference regular season champions with a 15-5 mark in games against conference opponents.
Iowa was once listed as a 1 seed for Joe Lunardi back in January, but the Hawkeyes hit a real rough patch toward the end of the regular season, losing six of their last eight while going 1-7 against the spread. It could be a situation where Iowa just needs some fresh opponents, but they are just 2-11 ATS in their last 13 on a neutral floor and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games. Temple, on the other, hand is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 on a neutral site and 9-5 ATS as an underdog. Temple should be able to keep this interesting and possibly pull off the upset win.
NCAA TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: TEMPLE +7.5