Iowa vs Grand Canyon: March Madness Betting Odds and Picks – March 20, 2021

Posted on March 16, 2021 - Last Updated on April 19, 2021

The No. 2 seed Iowa Hawkeyes (21-8) are heavily favored (-14.5) to defeat the No. 15 seed Grand Canyon Antelopes (17-6) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The contest starts at 6:25 PM ET on TBS. Here are some insights into this West Region contest for those filling out their brackets.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from FanDuel as of March 16, 2021, 12:10 AM ET.

Betting Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Iowa -14.5 -116 -106 145.5 -116 -106

Keys to the Game for Iowa

  • Iowa has a winning record against the spread this season, going 14-12 ATS.
  • When they play as at least 14.5-point favorites, the Hawkeyes have an ATS record of 3-1.
  • Iowa and its opponents have gone over the point total in half of their games, 13 out of 26 matchups.

Against the Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

Iowa Leaders

  • The scoring and rebounding leader for the Hawkeyes is Luka Garza, who accumulates 23.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
  • Jordan Bohannon is the Hawkeyes best passer, dispensing 4.5 assists per game while scoring 10.9 PPG.
  • The Hawkeyes get the most three-point shooting production out of Bohannon, who makes 2.7 threes per game.
  • The Iowa steals leader is Joe Wieskamp, who averages 1.0 steal per game, while its blocks leader is Garza, who compiles 1.7 rejections per contest.

Keys to the Game for Grand Canyon

  • Grand Canyon has a winning record against the spread, going 13-5-1 ATS (covering 68.4% of the time).
  • The Antelopes have fared well as a 14.5-point underdog, going 1-0 against the spread when they are at least 14.5-point underdogs.
  • The Antelopes and their opponents have hit the over in less than half of their matchups this year — 5 of 19 (26.3%).

Against the Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

Grand Canyon Leaders

  • Asbjorn Midtgaard leads the team in both scoring (14.0 points per game) and rebounding (9.7 rebounds per game).
  • The Antelopes assist leader is Jovan Blacksher Jr. with 5.2 assists per game.
  • Oscar Frayer knocks down a team-high 1.3 three-pointers per game for the Antelopes.
  • Blacksher is the steals leader for Grand Canyon with 1.5 steals per game and Midtgaard leads the squad in blocks with 1.2 per game.

Computer Picks

Pick ATS:
Antelopes (+14.5)

Pick OU:
Under (145.5)

Prediction: Iowa 78, Grand Canyon 66

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm (raw power score) that ranks head-to-head matchup results within a closed network of games. Prediction confidence is determined by the delta between each team’s raw power score.

Last 5 Games

Iowa

Grand Canyon
Date Opponent Result Score Date Opponent Result Score
3/13/2021 Illinois Loss 82-71 3/13/2021 New Mexico State Win 74-56
3/12/2021 Wisconsin Win 62-57 3/12/2021 Seattle U Win 81-47
3/7/2021 Wisconsin Win 77-73 3/6/2021 Utah Valley Win 74-64
3/4/2021 Nebraska Win 102-64 3/5/2021 Utah Valley Loss 59-55
2/28/2021 Ohio State Win 73-57 2/27/2021 Seattle U Win 81-71

Against The Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.
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