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No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 2 Iowa preview, picks for second round of 2021 NCAA Tournament

The Oregon Ducks and Iowa Hawkeyes meet at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. We’ve got everything you need on both teams ahead of the game here.

Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (55) brings the ball up court against Grand Canyon Antelopes center Asbj rn Midtgaard (33) during the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

After becoming the first team to advance in NCAA Tournament history via a no contest, the No. 7 seed Oregon Ducks will play the No. 2 seed Iowa Hawkeyes in a West region matchup in the second round Monday.

Tipoff is set for 12:10 p.m. from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, with the broadcast being from CBS.

Let’s dig a bit deeper on the matchup.

No. 7 Oregon: 20-6 (14-4 Pac-12)

First round result: Advanced by forfeit of No. 10 VCU
KenPom rating: 30 Overall, 14 Offense, 66 Defense
NET ranking: 33 (2-3 VS Quad 1)
Leading scorer: Eugene Omoruyi (16.7 ppg)
Key stat: Oregon converts 37.9% of their three-pointers, good for 19th in Division I.

The No. 7 seed Ducks were scheduled to play to the No. 10 seed Rams on Saturday night, but the game was declared a no-contest due to multiple COVID-19 tests within VCU. It was the first time in NCAA Tournament history that a team advanced to next round by no-contest. Oregon will now get prepared to face a Hawkeyes team that has the two-time Big Ten Player of the Year in center Luka Garza.

No. 2 Iowa: 22-8 (14-6 Big Ten)

First round result: Defeated No. 15 seed Grand Canyon 86-74
KenPom rating: 6 Overall, 2 Offense, 52 Defense
NET ranking: 6 (8-6 vs. Quad 1)
Leading scorer: Luka Garza (23.7 ppg)
Key stat: Iowa dishes out 19.1 assists per game, good for first in Division I

The No. 2 seed Hawkeyes began their 2021 NCAA Tournament run on a good start, with a dominating 86-74 win over the No. 15 seed Antelopes. Iowa has a record of 8-2 in their last 10 games.

The Hawkeyes leaned on the trio of Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp and Jordan Bohannon to bring home the win. Garza was held to only eight points in the first half, but ultimately finished the game with 24 points and six rebounds. Wieskamp also contributed 16 points, while Bohannon produced 13 points on an efficient 3-of-5 shooting from the behind the arc.

Iowa is hoping that they carry over their efficient shooting from Saturday night (53.7% FG, 45.5% 3pt) into Monday’s contest against the Ducks.

March Madness Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook

Point spread: Iowa -4
Point total: 141.5
Moneyline: Oregon +155, Iowa -186

The Pick

Against The Spread Pick: Iowa -4
Point total pick: Over 141.5
Pick to Win: Iowa

If we saw the Oregon play on Saturday night, I might’ve been more comfortable in picking them in an upset over the No. 2 seed Hawkeyes. However, Iowa looked pretty good in their 2021 NCAA Tournament debut against the Antelopes. Luka Garza had 20-plus points for the 21st time this season, and they shot 45.5% from three-point range. That sounds like a major key to success for Iowa. Oregon should be able to combat that as they shoot 37.9% from three-point range this season, good for 23rd in the country. But if Garza is on his game along with Wieskamp, it could be too tough to stop Iowa on Monday.

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