Iowa State @ Miami (Fla.)
Regular Season Records: Iowa State 22-12; Miami (Fla.) 25-10
What to Know
The Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes and the Iowa State Cyclones are set to clash at 9:59 p.m. ET March 25 at United Center in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Both teams worked hard to overcome the odds in their previous battles and are not about to give an easy one away.
The Hurricanes earned some more postseason success in their game on Sunday. They had enough points to win and then some against the Auburn Tigers, taking their matchup 79-61. Miami (Fla.) can attribute much of their success to guard Kameron McGusty, who had 20 points in addition to six boards, and guard Charlie Moore, who had 15 points and eight assists along with nine rebounds.
Meanwhile, even if it wasn’t a dominant performance, Iowa State beat the Wisconsin Badgers 54-49 on Sunday. Guard Gabe Kalscheur took over for Iowa State, finishing with 22 points (a whopping 41% of their total). Kalscheur had some trouble finding his footing against the LSU Tigers last Friday, so this was a step in the right direction.
Barring any buzzer beaters, Miami (Fla.) is expected to win a tight contest Friday. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a three-game streak of ATS wins.
Two stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Miami (Fla.) enters the contest with only 9.3 turnovers per game on average, good for seventh best in college basketball. But the Cyclones rank 13th in college basketball when it comes to takeaways, with 16.7 on average. These opposing strengths should make for an exciting matchup.
How To Watch
- When: Friday at 9:59 p.m. ET
- Where: United Center — Chicago, Illinois
- TV: TBS
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Hurricanes are a slight 2.5-point favorite against the Cyclones, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The line on this game has moved quite a bit since it opened, as it started out with the Cyclones as a 1-point favorite.
Iowa State won the only game these two teams have played in the last eight years.
- Nov 25, 2016 – Iowa State 73 vs. Miami (Fla.) 56