Iowa vs. Cincinnati Basketball Betting Picks for 1st Round

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Iowa vs. Cincinnati Basketball

The NCAA basketball betting postseason is just getting started. This Thursday’s Iowa vs. Cincinnati Basketball matchup offers some intense action for players learning how to bet on sports. The Hawkeyes are coming off a successful season and although they struggled in Big Ten play, the program is now poised to make a push in the NCAA Tournament. The Bearcats on the other hand, had a highly successful season and are vying to build on that success in the postseason. So what kind of matchup can we expect here? Let’s check up on the March Madness betting odds to find out.

Iowa vs. Cincinnati Basketball – Thursday, March 21st    

When: 12:15 pm ET

Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio


Stream: CBS Sports

NCAA Basketball Betting Odds:

Iowa +3½ (-110) 137½ (-110) +145
Cincinnati -3½ (-110) 137½ (-110) -165
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Iowa Hawkeyes           

The Hawkeyes fly as high as they could and turned in a 22-11 record. As aforementioned, the program struggled within the Big Ten and only managed to post a 10-10 record in conference play. Furthermore, Iowa didn’t really make much of a splash in the conference tournament. After all, they were demolished by Michigan 74-53 in the conference quarterfinals. That blowout loss capped a 2-6 performance in Iowa’s undeniably crappy end to the season. Nevertheless, the club is hopeful they can make a rebound in the tourney. Looking over the numbers however, it’s clear Iowa will have a tough time with Cincy. This is because the Bearcats defense is giving up a slim 62.4 per game while Iowa is allotting 73.6 defensively. Offensively things look better for Iowa since they score 78.3 per game while Cincinnati delivers 71.78.

Players to Watch: Tyler Cook (14.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.4 apg), Luka Garza (12.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.9 apg), and Jordan Bohannon (11.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.4 apg).

Cincinnati Bearcats    

The Bearcats pounced to a 28-6 record this season. Additionally the program managed to post a 14-4 record in conference play. In the end this led to an undeniably impressive 2nd place ranking in the American Conference. Equally as impressive was Cincinnati’s run in the conference tournament that saw them beat Houston 69-57 in the finals. Now the Bearcats are hoping that they’ll be able to build on that success in the NCAA Tournament. They’ll have a defensive advantage over Iowa here which by and large should be enough to win this game.

Players to Watch: Jarron Cumberland (18.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.6 apg), Keith Williams (10.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Tre Scott (9.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.5 apg).

Iowa vs. Cincinnati Basketball Betting Predictions


  • Iowa is 7-8 SU as an underdog through 15 games this season
  • Iowa is 7-8 ATS as an underdog through 15 games this season
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 8 of Iowa’s 15 games as an underdog this season
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 16 of Cincinnati’s 30 games as a favorite this season
  • Cincinnati is 13-17 ATS as a favorite through 30 games this season
  • Cincinnati is 27-3 SU as a favorite through 30 games this season

Iowa vs. Cincinnati Basketball Betting Picks

So which side should legal betting fans take in this Iowa vs. Cincinnati basketball matchup? All things considered, sticking with Cincinnati is your best bet here. They know to handle themselves when favored and are an overall great pick this Thursday. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 79-72 Cincinnati.