We’ve got our dancing shoes on once again here at Cappers Info, and that means that it’s time for the NCAA Tournament picks to continue. Our next set of March Madness Bracket Predictions take us to the West Region, where the #10 Iowa State Cyclones and the #7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet in the Second Round.
West Region Picks: #10 Iowa State Cyclones vs. #7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Friday, March 22nd, 9:45 ET
West Region Location: UD Arena, Dayton, OH
Iowa State vs. Notre Dame Live on TV: CBS
Second Round Betting Lines
#10 Iowa State Cyclones +1.5
#7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish -1.5
Iowa State is a team that we think is a little bit underrated this year. We think that the Big XII was a sneakily good conference from top to (almost) bottom this season. The Cyclones can run, and when you’re tired of them running, they’re going to run even harder and faster at you. The Fighting Irish have an offense that is very suspect at times. G Jerian Granted, F Jack Cooley, and G Eric Atkins do the majority of the scoring, though G Scott Martin and G Pat Connaughton have come on strong at the end of the year. Here’s the problem, though. The Irish have been beaten up all year long in Big East play, and now, they have to come to Dayton to take on a hungry Iowa State team that is going to literally wear them out. This is a bad spot for the Irish to be in, as it is a team that they are playing that just doesn’t jive well with what they are trying to do. Cooley would have to have a massive game for us to believe that Notre Dame could win this one. It’s entirely possible, and it could turn out to be that way when push comes to shove, but in the end, we think that ISU is just going to be too strong and will eventually pull away in this game.
Iowa State vs. Notre Dame Free Pick: Iowa State Cyclones +1.5
Iowa State vs. Notre Dame Predictions: Iowa State 78 – Notre Dame 68