Grand Canyon at Iowa 3/20/21 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Iowa Hawkeyes (21-8) vs Grand Canyon Antelopes (17-6)
Game Info: Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 6:25 pm (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
Betting Odds: Iowa Hawkeyes -14.5 -- Over/Under: 145 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Grand Canyon faces Iowa on Saturday, March 20th at Indiana Farmers Coliseum for an NCAA Tournament #15 seed vs. #2 seed matchup.
Grand Canyon enters the NCAA Tournament as the WAC Champions. Grand Canyon had to go through Seattle and New Mexico State in the WAC Conference Tournament to reach its first NCAA Tournament in division one. Grand Canyon is 17-6 and had a 9-3 record in conference play this season. Grand Canyon played some tough non-conference games against teams like Arizona State, San Francisco, and Colorado (all losses), and grabbed a win over Nevada at home by 10 points. Grand Canyon's worst loss this season was a 65-62 loss to Cal Baptist, which is not too shabby. Grand Canyon's leading scorer was C Asbjorn Midtgaard, who scored 14.0 points per game and earned 9.9 rebounds per contest for the Antelopes. Midtgaard is 7'0 270 pounds, so he will be able to give Luka Garza a challenge in this one. As a team, Grand Canyon has scored 75.6 points per game, has earned 40.0 rebounds per contest, and has allowed 61.1 points per game to its opponents as well.
Iowa was of course the 5th ranked team entering the NCAA Tournament and the Hawkeyes were given a #2 seed in the bracket. Iowa had a 21-8 record with a 14-6 Big Ten conference record this season. Iowa started the season by winning its first six games, and its first loss of the season was an acceptable one against a little team named Gonzaga. Iowa's most impressive win this season was a victory over Ohio State on February 28th. Iowa's worst loss this season came at the hands of Minnesota in overtime on Christmas Day. Iowa is led by the college player of the year in C Luka Garza, who scored 23.7 points per game and earned 8.8 rebounds per contest for the Hawkeyes. Iowa as a team has scored 83.8 points per game, has earned 40.1 rebounds per contest and has allowed 71.9 points per game to its opponents as well.
Grand Canyon was 14-5-0 against the spread this season and Iowa was 15-13-1 against the spread.
Iowa opens as a 14.5-point favorite and the total is set at 145. If there was a #2 seed to fall in the first round, to me it would be Iowa based on its draw. Grand Canyon to me is a #14 seed, maybe even a #13 seed. Putting a team that had so much offensive and defensive success at #15 is risky, and Iowa cannot overlook the Antelopes here. I will take Grand Canyon and the points in a game that I could see being decided by single digits.