Grand Canyon vs Iowa Pick: West Region Round 1, March 20th
Grand Canyon vs Iowa Pick – Saturday, March 20th – West Region Round One: The #15 seed in the West region is Grand Canyon, who come into Saturday’s match-up with a 17-6 record, and have gone 15-5 ATS this season, while 14 of their 20 games this season have gone Under the betting total. They face #2 West seed Iowa, who is 21-8 on the season, with a 15-13-1 ATS record, having gone Under the total in 15 of their 29 games this season.
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Grand Canyon: Grand Canyon earned its first bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 74-56 win over New Mexico State in the Western Athletic Conference tournament championship on Saturday night. The Antelopes entered the game ranked second in the nation in field goal percentage defense at 37.7% and held No. 3 seed New Mexico State to 36.4% on 20-of-55 shooting. The Lopes were led by 5’11 Oakland, California native Jovan Blacksher Jr who went for 19 points with 7 boards, 2 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, he’s averaging 11.9 per game with 5.3 assists per game. They are led by the senior twin towers 7’0 Dane Asbjorn Midtgaard, who averages 14 points per game with 9.9 boards, along with 6’10 Italian Alessandro Lever, who averages 13.3 per game and 5.4 boards and hits 39.8% from three. They will be able to give Luka Garza a tough time. The Lopes shot 49.2% from the field, 33.25 from three, and 68.6% from the stripe.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes got knocked out of the Big Ten Tourney in the semi-finals by eventual champion Illinois 82-71. Luka Garza had 21 points and 12 boards in his battle with fellow big man Kofi Cockburn. Garza averages 23.7 points per game with 8.8 boards and hits 40.7% from three. Jordan Bohannon had 20 points and six assists in the loss to Illinois. He averages 10.9 per game with 4.5 assists. Joe Wieskamp finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. He averages 14.7 per game with 6.6 boards and hits 47.3% from 3. Iowa’s offense is potent. They average 83.8 points per game and only turn the ball over 9.5 times a game. They shoot 46.9% from the field, 38.6% from three, and 71.3% from the stripe.
Grand Canyon vs Iowa Odds
|Where/When||Indiana Farmers Coliseum | 6:25 PM ET|