In a First Round NCAA Tournament game, the (8) Iowa Hawkeyes will face off with the (9) Auburn Tigers in the Midwest Region. Let’s take a look at the top college basketball betting odds, March Madness expert picks, betting trends and KenPom Rankings, then give our Arizona vs Princeton prediction.
Iowa vs. Auburn Prediction and March Madness Expert Picks
2023 NCAA Tournament
No. 8 Iowa Hawkeyes (19-13) vs. No. 9 Auburn Tigers (20-12)
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Time: 6:45 P.M. EST
Venue: Legacy Arena – Birmingham, AL
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Iowa vs Auburn March Madness Betting Odds
All college basketball betting odds for Iowa vs Auburn can be found at BetUS Sportsbook.
Moneyline: IOWA: (-105) | AUB: (-115)
Point Spread: IOWA: (+1) | AUB: (-1)
Total: 152 – Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
KenPom Rankings | Bracketology
KenPom Rankings are from KenPom.com
|Team||Overall AdjEM (Rk)||AdjO (Rk)||AdjD (Rk)||AdjT (Rk)|
|Iowa||+15.66 (35)||120.5 (3)||104.8 (166)||69.5 (66)|
|Auburn||+17.43 (29)||112.7 (49)||95.3 (28)||67.6 (165)|
Iowa vs. Auburn College Basketball Betting Trends
• Iowa is 17-15 ATS (against the spread) this season.
• Auburn is 15-17 ATS this season.
• The OVER is 19-13 for Iowa this season.
• The OVER is 19-13 for Auburn this season.
Iowa vs Auburn Prediction | March Madness Expert Picks
While neither school filled the shoes from both of their teams last year, Iowa and Auburn were still able to sneak into the tournament and provide us with maybe the best matchup of the first round. Both teams make their money on the offensive side of the ball. Especially Iowa, who scores 80.2 points per game this season. The Hawkeyes are led by Kris Murray (Keegan’s brother), who scores 20 points per game. While Iowa is so good on the offensive side of the ball, the same can’t be said about their defense. Iowa gives up 74.4 points per game. For Auburn, Bruce Pearl had the unfortunate task of trying to replace Jabari Smith Jr. and Walker Kessler. In order to fill those voids, four Tigers players are averaging double digit points, with Johni Broome leading the team with 14 points per game. In total, the Tigers score 72.7 points per game and give up 67.1.
Summing it up, both teams can score the ball. If we break down the over/under it comes out to 76 points for each team. With both teams’ ability to put up points and the average-to-below average for both teams calls for the OVER in this game. Four players on Auburn have proved that they can take over a game at any time necessary. In Iowa’s case they have five players who score in double figures. If two or three of them aren’t scoring, Murray is strong enough and good enough to take that game over.
Our college basketball betting Iowa vs Auburn prediction tonight will be the OVER hitting at BetUS.
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