Pittsburgh vs Iowa State Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/17/23

Iowa State Cyclones (18-13) vs Pittsburgh Panthers (23-11)

Game Info: Friday, March 17, 2023 at 3:10 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)

Betting Odds: Iowa State Cyclones -4.5 -- Over/Under: 130.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Iowa State Cyclones will play the Pittsburgh Panthers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the Midwest Region at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Iowa State Preview

The Iowa State Cyclones are 19-13 (9-9) this season after they lost to Kansas by a score of 71-58 in the Semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament. Iowa State has played very inconsistently over the last two months and they have lost five of their last seven games. The Iowa State Cyclones are averaging 68.4 points per game, 62.8 points against per game, 33.5 rebounds per game, and 14.1 assists per game. Jaren Holmes has led the Cyclones this season with 13.4 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, and 3.3 assists per game. Iowa State is shooting 45% from the field, 67.4% on free throws, and 33.9% on three pointers this year. 

Pittsburgh Preview

The Pittsburgh Panthers are 23-11 (14-6) this season after they defeated Mississippi State by a score of 60-59 in the First Four. Pittsburgh shot 38.9% from the field and made 9 three pointers in the win, but they did get out rebounded by a total of 49-28. The Pittsburgh Panthers are averaging 75.6 points per game, 70.1 points against per game, 14.4 assists per game, and 35.9 rebounds per game. Blake Hinson has led the Panthers this season with 15.5 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game, and 1.2 assists per game. Pittsburgh is shooting 45.3% from the field, 76.1% on free throws, and 36% on three pointers this year. 

Trends

Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 22-7 ATS in their last 29 games. The over is 6-2 in Pittsburgh’s last 8 games. Iowa State is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games. The under is 7-2 in Iowa State’s last 9 games. 

Pick

Pittsburgh comes into this game after winning two of their last three games and they will have plenty of momentum after their win in the First Four. Iowa State did beat Baylor twice recently, but they have played pretty poorly over the last month. Iowa State struggles on the offensive end of the court, but they do play great defense. Pittsburgh doesn’t play much defense, but they average 75.6 points per game on the offensive end. I really like Pittsburgh in this matchup and wouldn’t be shocked if they won, but I am going to take them with the points. 

David’s Pick Pittsburgh +4.5

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