Auburn vs Iowa Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/16/23

Iowa Hawkeyes (19-13) vs Auburn Tigers (20-12)

Game Info: Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 6:50 pm (Legacy Arena)

Betting Odds: Iowa Hawkeyes +1.5 -- Over/Under: 151.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Iowa Hawkeyes will play the Auburn Tigers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the Midwest Region on Thursday night at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

Iowa Preview

The Iowa Hawkeyes are 19-13 (11-9) this season after they lost to Ohio State by a score of 73-69 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. Iowa finished the season with two consecutive losses to Nebraska and Ohio State, but did defeat Indiana and MSU in the two games prior to that. The Iowa Hawkeyes are averaging 80.2 points per game, 74.4 points against per game, 36.3 rebounds per game, and 16.6 assists per game. Kris Murray has led the Hawkeyes this season with 20.4 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game, and 2.0 assists per game. Iowa is shooting 45.4% from the field, 73.9% on free throws, and 34.3% on three pointers this year. 

Auburn Preview

The Auburn Tigers are 20-12 (10-8) this season after they lost to Arkansas by a score of 76-73 in the second round of the SEC Tournament. Auburn did not play well to finish the season and lost four of their last six games and seven of their last ten. The Auburn Tigers are averaging 72.7 points per game, 67.1 points against per game, 36.2 rebounds per game, and 14.2 assists per game. Johni Broome has led the Tigers this season with 14 points per game, 8.4 rebounds per game, and 2.3 blocks per game. Auburn is shooting 44.1% from the field, 70.2% on free throws, and 31.4% on three pointers this year. 


Auburn is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The over is 4-1 in Auburn’s last 5 games. Iowa is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The over is 16-7 in Iowa’s last 23 games. 


Iowa has had a very good offensive season and is scoring a bunch of points, but can they continue their hot shooting away from home? Auburn is the much better defensive team in this matchup, but they have not played very well recently. Both teams struggled to end the season, but I have more faith in an Iowa team that has shown the ability to be a great shooting team. I like the Hawkeyes here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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