South Region: Iowa vs Cincinnati Preview and Prediction
Iowa vs Cincinnati Preview
If there is one team that has a legitimate gripe about their seeding–it is No.7 Cincinnati. Owning a record of 28-6, and fresh off a victory (and championship win) in the AAC Tournament Final over now 3-seed Houston, the Bearcats were seriously under-seeded. The silver lining? This game against No.10 Iowa is being played in Columbus, Ohio–a hop, skip and jump away from their home arena. Their fans should show up and travel well.
Scott Van Pelt made a great point in terms of their seeding and how the selection committee clearly didn’t take Conference Tournament winners into account–that much anyway:
People didn’t like @JayBilas saying the hay was in the barn. It was. Iowa State a 6, ‘Nova a 6, Auburn a 5, Cincinnati a 7 and MSU a 2. All won their tournaments and it seemed to mean nothing in terms of seeding. Not one thing.
— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) March 17, 2019
It’s UC’s ninth-straight NCAA tournament appearance. Only five other schools have done such and the names are lofty: Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State and North Carolina. The Bearcats have won 89 games since the start of 2016-2017 trailing only Villanova (93) and Gonzaga (99).
The winner of Friday’s game will face the winner of 2 seed Tennessee and 15 seed Colgate on Sunday in Columbus.
LINE: -3.5 Cincinnati
Dan’s Bet: Under 137.5
Bracket Pick: Cincinnati
Score Prediction: Cincinnati 60 Iowa 52
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