After a thrilling day of NCAA Tournament action on Thursday, Friday’s slate of games starts with an AAC-Big Ten matchup between Cincinnati and Iowa. Here are the details on the two teams.
Cincinnati went 25-6 in the regular season, with the Houston Cougars sweeping them. But the third time proved to be the charm for Mick Cronin and his Bearcats as they beat Houston in the AAC Tournament Championship to clinch their spot in the NCAA Tournament with the No. 7 seed in the South.
Iowa raced out to a 21-6 start before losing their last four regular season games. Despite having beaten Michigan in the regular season, the Hawkeyes were unable to replicate the feat in the Big Ten Tournament, and were knocked out by the Wolverines in the tournament quarterfinals. But Fran McCaffery’s team still earned a return trip to the tournament as the No. 10 seed.
ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the Cincinnati-Iowa game.
ESPN’s computer model believes that Cincinnati has the edge in this game. The computer model gives the Bearcats a 60.3 percent chance to win today’s NCAA Tournament game.
Today’s winner will face the winner of No. 2 Tennessee and No. 15 Colgate, which will take place later in the day.
The game will be played at 12:15 p.m. E.T. on CBS.