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College Basketball Picks: Connecticut Huskies vs. Iowa State Cyclones

Jeff GrantContributor IMarch 24, 2014

College Basketball Picks: Connecticut Huskies vs. Iowa State Cyclones

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    The Connecticut Huskies are 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 contests as neutral court underdogs of three or fewer points. This is important to consider when making your college basketball picks for Friday's slate of games, as the Huskies are preparing to take on the Iowa State Cyclones at Madison Square Garden.

    Sports bettors will find that the Huskies are getting 1.5 points in the NCAA basketball odds, with the betting total sitting at 146.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Sweet 16 matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

     

    Gambling information courtesy of SBR Forum.

Connecticut Huskies

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    The Connecticut Huskies have compiled a 7-4 straight-up record against ranked teams this season, which includes a 77-65 victory over the Villanova Wildcats as four-point underdogs last Saturday.

    College basketball handicappers will find that the Huskies have covered the number in four of their last five games versus Big 12 Conference opponents.

Iowa State Cyclones

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    The Iowa State Cyclones are 9-0 straight up on a neutral floor this season, including an 85-83 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels as 1.5-point favorites on Sunday.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 13-6 against the spread in the month of March.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Connecticut Huskies as one of their college basketball picks, as they've won 34 of their last 42 NCAA Tournament games.

     

    Pick: Connecticut Huskies +1.5

     

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