Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams will play on Thursday March 19th, 2015. At 12:40 PM EST on the Tru Tv Network.
The (19-15) and number 14-seed Alabama Birmingham Blazers of Conference-USA makes the trip to “DERBY CITY” one site of the South Regionals. UAB will play the (25-8) and #3 seed Iowa State Cyclones of the Big-Twelve Conference in 2015 NCAA Tournament action. The teams will play at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. This Sports Handicapper believes UAB Blazers got a favorable site but a tough matchup. Iowa State has the talent and chemistry to make a run in the 2015 “BIG DANCE”. The opening betting line has Iowa State as a twelve and a half-point favorite on a neutral site Against The Spread, the betting odds total is 146 for Thursday’s game.
The 2015 UAB Blazers beat Middle Tennessee State in Birmingham 73-60 to capture the 2015 Conference USA Tournament title to get the automatic bid. The Blazers got to play in front of their home crowd. UAB is 12-6 in Conference play and fourth place and still won the Tournament. There will not be a home court advantage Thursday for the Blazers. Third -year Head Coach Jerod Haase is a former Kansas University basketball player who could be in line for a big-time job. The Blazers rank 73rd nationally scoring the basketball. The UAB defense allows opponents 67.7 points per contest. Virginia Tech transfer Robert Brown is the team’s leading scorer and the only player averaging double figures. The Alabama Birmingham Blazers are 1-4 their last five March Madness Betting Picks on the road, going over the betting odds total twice and staying over the betting odds total three times. The key to a UAB win is to play a near perfect basketball game. The Blazers have to cover Iowa State from every position on the floor. The Balzers must also find a way to make jump-shots. Iowa State will give them opportunities to score. Betting Experts in Las Vegas and offshore has UAB at 500/1 to win the 2015 NCAA March Madness Championship.
The 2015 Iowa State Cyclones beat Kansas on March 14th to win their second consecutive Big Twelve Tournament and get the automatic bid. The Cyclones beat Baylor in the 2014 Big-12 Tournament Finals. The Cyclones were dead in the water in their opening game against Texas before making a miraculous comeback. The Cyclones Iowa State ranks eleventh in the nation scoring the basketball. The Cyclone defense allows the opposition 69.3 points per game. All everything Georges Niang leads the Hawkeyes in scoring, two others average double figures. Point Guard Monte Morris must continue playing at a high-level for the Cyclones to make a run in the “BIG DANCE”. Iowa State has what it takes to make it all the way to Indianapolis. Head Coach Fred Hoiberg, a former NBA player, likes his team to play fast. Iowa State is 7-2-1 Against The Spread their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under the betting odds total seven times. The key to an Iowa State win is to play with focus. Bovada has Wisconsin at 33/1 to win the 2015 NCAA Basketball title.