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Iowa March Madness Odds: The Hawkeyes Have Sneaky Value as a No. 5 seed

The Iowa Hawkeyes earned the No. 5 seed in the Midwest Region. Here is a breakdown of Iowa's odds from the first round to the championship.
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Iowa March Madness Odds: The Hawkeyes Have Sneaky Value as a No. 5 seed

The Iowa Hawkeyes are one of the hottest teams in the country entering the NCAA Tournament, having won nine of the final ten games down the stretch. The only loss in that span is a two-point road loss to Illinois, while their last four wins (one by fewer than eight points) in the Big Ten Tournament earned the Hawkeyes their first conference tournament championship since 2006. Below are Iowa’s various March Madness odds if you want to invest in some futures bets.

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First Round Game

Spread: Iowa -10.5 (-110)  Moneyline: (-575) vs. No. 12 Richmond

Iowa draws a veteran Richmond Spiders team in the first round. The Spiders’ trio of Jacob Gilyard, Grant Golden, and Tyler Burton has played many games together and is a big reason the Spiders rank 18th in the country in returning experience. However, for all that experience and cohesion, Richmond still needed to win four games in four days in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, as its resume was not going to be worthy of an at-large bid. As coveted as days off are this late in the season, Iowa likely did not want to wait four days to play this game, as the Hawkeyes played some of its best basketball in the Big Ten Tournament. As such, they are riding too much momentum to be considered at risk of an opening-round upset.

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Final Four 

Iowa +330

No No. 5 seed has as good March Madness odds to reach the Final Four as Iowa, which is a testament to how well they are playing of late. A potential Sweet 16 matchup with No. 1 seed Kansas looms, but the bottom half of the Midwest Region is wide open, and Iowa stacks up nicely with a team like No. 2 Auburn, who has struggled away from home this year. Thus, one could argue that if Iowa got by Kansas in the Sweet 16, the Hawkeyes would be favored in their Elite 8 game.

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National Championship

Iowa +2200

If you think Iowa is capable of the same offensive success that it has had all season long, there is no reason why the Hawkeyes cannot shoot their way to six consecutive wins, ala 2018 Villanova. The Hawkeyes rank fourth in the country in scoring and have a matchup nightmare in Keegan Murray, whom no one has proven they can stop. There is a path to the Final Four for Iowa, making their +2200 March Madness odds a great value play if they could muster two more wins after that against elite competition.

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