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ESPN's Prediction For Iowa-Cincinnati NCAA Tournament Game

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CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 17: The Cincinnati Bearcats cheerleaders perform during the 71-62 overtime win over the San Diego State Aztecs at Fifth Third Arena on December 17, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

In perhaps the hardest 7 vs. 10 matchups in the NCAA Tournament to predict, the Iowa Hawkeyes are taking on the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Round of 64.

No. 7 Cincinnati stunned heavily favored Houston in the AAC Tournament Finals and clinch their ninth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Bearcats have a bit of an edge, having won their First Round opponent in back-to-back years.

No. 10 Iowa has been on the downswing over the past month, losing six of the last eight games and getting smoked by Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament. The Hawkeyes are making their first Tournament appearance since 2016.

ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the Iowa-Cincinnati game.

ESPN’s computer model believes that Cincinnati has the advantage in this one. The computer model gives the Bearcats a 59.4 percent chance to win this Friday's game.

Via the BPI:

Iowa vs. Cincinnati ESPN BPI projection chart.

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Both teams have shown a knack for winning in the Round of 64, as both Cincinnati and Iowa have won back-to-back appearances in the round.

However, while Cincinnati owns a big win over Houston in the past week, Iowa is no stranger to big wins.

It is going to be a tough game for both sides, and possibly a close one.

The game will be played at 12:15 p.m. EST on CBS.

[ESPN]