What is the Line on the Iowa vs. Cincinnati Game - March Madness 2019

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Ean Lamb
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The line on the Iowa vs. Cincinnati March Madness game had the Bearcats as a -3.5 favorite early.


The line on this game should be Arizona -2, so there is a bit of an underlay.  

About These Teams

Iowa - The Hawkeyes average around 79 points per game.  They have three players who can easily score double digits. This is a Hawkeyes team that has failed to cover in nine of their last ten games.  They've also only won four of those outright. Poor defensive play will not allow Iowa to get far in this tournament.   Without an early offensive spurt, the Bearcats could end up tearing these Hawkeyes to shreds.  It won't be easy, Cincinnati is a very good defensive team.

Cincinnati - This is essentially a home game for Cincinnati, which is playing just over an hour away in Columbus.  The Bearcats are rated 27 by Sagarin.  On a neutral court, the -3.5 might a one-point overlay.  In Columbus, there is an overlay of two points.  This season, the Bearcats rank No. 2 nationally in defensive efficiency, behind only Virginia.

The Bearcats score only 30 percent of their points from 3s and play at one of the 35 slowest tempos in college basketball.  Something to keep in mind.

Odds to win 2019 NCAA Men's Tournament (4/8/19)
Team Odds
Duke 9/4
Gonzaga 9/2
Virginia 6/1
North Carolina 10/1
Kentucky 12/1
Michigan State 12/1
Tennessee 12/1
Michigan 16/1
Texas Tech 18/1
Houston 30/1
Kansas State 30/1
Purdue 30/1
Nevada 40/1
LSU 55/1
Marquette 55/1
Florida State 60/1
Villanova 60/1
Iowa State 80/1
Kansas 80/1
Wisconsin 85/1
Auburn 100/1
Louisville 100/1
Mississippi State 100/1
Syracuse 100/1
Virginia Tech 100/1
Buffalo 150/1
Maryland 150/1
Cincinnati 200/1
Washington 200/1
Iowa 250/1
Wofford 250/1
Arizona State 300/1
Baylor 300/1
Central Florida 300/1
Florida 300/1
Hofstra 300/1
Indiana 300/1
NC State 300/1
VCU 300/1
Ole Miss 400/1
Creighton 500/1
Liberty 500/1
Minnesota 500/1
Murray State 500/1
Oklahoma 500/1
Seton Hall 500/1
St. John's 500/1
TCU 500/1
Texas 500/1
Utah State 500/1
Yale 500/1

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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