Richmond at Iowa: 3/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Richmond at Iowa: 3/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Jenna Watson/IndyStar / USA TODAY NETWORK

Iowa Hawkeyes (26-9) vs Richmond Spiders (23-12)

Game Info: Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 3:10 pm (KeyBank Center)

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The Iowa Hawkeyes and Richmond Spiders face off on Thursday in their Round of 64 NCAA Tournament college basketball showdown at the KeyBank Center.

Richmond comes into this game with a 23-12 record overall and they have gone 17-18 against the spread. Last week it looked like the Spiders season was almost over, but they had quite the run in the Atlantic 10 tournament including beating Davidson in the final to secure their bid. Richmond is averaging 71.7 points while their defense is giving up 68.3 points per game. Tyler Burton has been the top player this season for Richmond averaging 16.3 points while shooting 46.8 percent from the field. There are three different players that are averaging at least 12 points per game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Iowa Hawkeyes who sit with a 26-9 record and they have gone 22-13 against the spread. Iowa has also been playing well coming into this game, including beating Purdue in the Big Ten championship game on Sunday. Iowa’s offense again had another big game scoring 75 points on the way to the victory. Iowa is averaging 84 points while their defense is giving up 71.4 points per game. Keegan Murray has been a top player for Iowa averaging 23.7 points while shooting 56 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from behind the three point line. 

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Iowa is 1-5 against the spread in their last five games played on a neutral site. The over is 6-1 in Iowa’s last seven games played on Thursday. The under is 5-1 in Richmond’s last six games played on Thursday. The over is 4-1 in the Hawkeyes last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-7 days situation.

Richmond had quite the run winning the A-10, but their magic is going to run out in this game. Look for Iowa’s offense to have another big game scoring close to or 80 points, and that is going to be the difference as they win this game in blowout fashion. Iowa should get some rest for their starters in their second half as they cover the spread. Back Iowa against the spread. 

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