The 2019 NCAA Tournament field has been unveiled, and the overall 1-seed is the Duke Blue Devils. In the South Region, fellow ACC team Virginia is the No. 1 seed. Let's take a look at the No. 7 Cincinnati vs. No. 10 Iowa matchup in the region.
Preview: Cincinnati returns to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth year in a row after winning the AAC Tournament and securing their spot. The third time proved to be the charm as the Bearcats beat Houston in the AAC Tournament Final despite losing to the Cougars twice in the regular season. Mick Cronin's team brings its 28-6 overall record along with a very stout defense. Only a handful of teams have managed to drop 70 points on them all year, but the offense will probably need to step its game up.
Iowa is a team entering the NCAA Tournament in a tailspin, having lost five of six. The Hawkeyes were routed by Michigan in the Big Ten quarterfinals as well. Iowa is keyed by a balanced offensive attack, which includes four players scoring in double figures.
It seems like Cincinnati will have a clear edge when it comes to fans in the stands.
Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: 12:15 PM ET
TV Channel: CBS
Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
Announcers: Brian Anderson / Chris Webber // Allie LaForce
Prediction: Iowa finished its season on a slide, while Cincinnati finished on a high note - winning the AAC Tournament title. The Bearcats are going to be a clear favorite. It's also fair to factor in the crowd advantage they'll have. We'll take Cincinnati to win by double-digits.