NCAA Tournament Picks for Davidson vs. Iowa: Easy Win for Underdog?

Joe Gavazzi

Friday, March 20, 2015 2:38 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 20, 2015 2:38 PM UTC

Take advantage of our free NCAA Tournament picks for tonight's battle of the A10 regular season winner in Davidson vs. an Iowa team who finished 12-6 SU in the regular season. 

Davidson (10) vs. Iowa (7) (-2-) 7:20 ET TNT
For a 7:20 ET tip tonight as televised on TNT, the Davidson Wildcats and Iowa Hawkeyes travel a combined 5,000 miles to meet in Key Arena in Seattle, Washington as part of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.  Each of these teams was on late season winning streaks before losing in the CCT. Iowa was on a 6-0 SU ATS win streak to end the regular season, before their 2nd half meltdown vs. Penn St. in the CCTs.  Davidson had won 10 straight games, covering NCAA Tournament Odds in 9 of those before VCU got their late season revenge in the CCT.  In this matchup, there is good reason to favor Davidson as the bounce back team. 

Biggest surprise team in the nation is clearly the Davidson Wildcats under the tutelage of 25th year HC Bob McKillop.  Long in charge of the SOCON, McKillop and the Wildcats took a step up to the A10 this season.  The Wildcats were expected to be left for roadkill, picked last in the preseason polls by the pundits.  All McKillop did was lead his fast-paced, 3-point loving offense to the regular season crown of the A10 and a nation leading pointspread mark of 22-6 ATS.  Davidson scores 80 PPG on 47% shooting, 40% from behind the arc and has a nation’s best 17.2/9.6 assist/TO ratio.  When preparing your NCAA Tournament Picks, look for the bounce back by the Wildcats, after their 10-game winning streak was snapped by revenge seeking VCU in the A10 CCT.  

Iowa is looking to improve upon last year’s NCAA appearance when they suffered a (78-65) OT loss to Tennessee in the play-in game.  Though Iowa did finish on a 6-0 SU ATS run, it must be noted that only one of those victories against Indiana was vs. the upper echelon of the Big 10.  The strength of Iowa is up front with a pair of experienced players in White and Uthoff, who combine for nearly 30 PPG.  Under 5th year HC Fran McCaffrey, the Hawkeyes showed a weakness on the perimeter that featured no double digit scorers.  

I favor Davidson to overwhelm the slowish perimeter of the Hawkeyes with quality guards Kalinowski and a now healthy Jake Gibbs.  If the Wildcats cash anywhere near the 11 triples per game they convert on 27 attempts, this should be an easy win for the underdog A10 entry. 

NCAA Tournament Picks: Take Davidson +3 at 5Dimes

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