Will Iowa be a threat to Villanova?
Sunday’s NCAA Tournament play gets started at 12:10PM ET when No. 2 Villanova faces No. 7 Iowa. Who will cover in this opening contest?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Villanova is favored in this game, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -6.5 points against Iowa. The over/under total for the game is listed at 145.5 points. These two meet as part of the South Region today from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Villanova is 30-5 overall, 5-2 on a neutral floor and 16-17-1 against the spread. Iowa is 22-10 overall, 3-3 on a neutral court and 14-15 against the spread. The Hawkeyes beat Temple 72-70 in OT on Friday to advance to this game while Villanova beat UNC-Asheville 86-56. These two met back in 2013 with Villanova getting an 88-83 OT win on the road.
Despite Iowa’s win on Friday, the Hawkeyes failed to cover and are still just 1-8 against the spread in their last 9. The Hawkeyes didn’t look all too impressive in their win while Villanova took care of business quickly. Nova has now won six of its last seven and should be fresh for this game while Iowa had to play extra time and battle until the end. Nova has also covered in 8 straight against Big Ten opponents while Iowa is just 1-6 ATS in its last 7 NCAA Tournament games. Expect Nova to roll today.
NCAA TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: VILLANOVA -6.5