Miami To Play Iowa State in the March Madness Sweet 16

miami vs iowa sweet 16

Miami will play Iowa State in the Sweet 16 of March Madness. The 2022 men’s NCAA tournament game will tip off at 9:59 pm ET at the United Center, Chicago, Illinois. The teams are closely pitted, with Miami being the no. 10 seed and Iowa as the no. 11. View the latest odds and get insights into the game here.



Miami vs. Iowa State Game Info


Will Miami Make the Final 4?

Miami, who is 25-10, has been coached by Jim Larranaga since 2011. The 72-year-old has taken Miami to the Sweet 16 once before but hopes to make it a little further this time. His best result came when he managed George Mason Patriots to the Final Four back in 2006. They would eventually lose to Florida, who went on to win the tournament.

This Hurricanes team has plenty of experienced players including three seniors in the starting lineup. Kameron McGusty is the team’s highest scorer with 17.5 points per game (ppg). Next up is Isaiah Wong with 15.5ppg, Charlie Moore who has put up 12.8ppg, and Jordan Miller maintains double digits with 10.1ppg. They also have Sam Waardenburg watching the paint. This 6′ 10 center has 4.2 rebounds and got an 8.4 ppg.


Can The Cyclones Keep on Turning?

Iowa State (22-12) will go to Chicago as the underdogs, but this is a narrative that’s been the same the whole tournament. Under new coach, T.J Otzelberger, the team has managed to upset both Wisconsin Badgers (no. 3 seed) and the LSU Tigers (no. 6 seed) in the first round. This is a fantastic turnaround for a team that only managed to win two games in the 2021 season.

The main driving force behind The Cyclone’s success has been the incredible guard duo of Izaih Brockington (17.1 ppg.) and Tyrese Hunter (10.9 ppg). Hunter managed to sink seven three-pointers and rack up 23 points when they faced LSU.

Iowa also has plenty of other talents to back up these pair of phenoms. There’s Gabe Kalscheur (9.5 ppg) and Caleb Grill (6.5 ppg), and Aljaz Kunc with 3.9 average rebounds and getting on the board with 6.1ppg.



What Can We Expect

We will see Isaiah Wong and Izaih Brockington go head-to-head, which will be a fascinating watch – with both having impressive scoring records from the wing. Brockington has shot 27.7% from the floor in Iowa’s last three games but scored 30 points or more multiple times during the season. Wong is another high output player; he has been 31.4% from the floor for Miami in the tournament. So if either of these players turns things on, we could see a fierce battle ensue.

You can expect a strong start from Miami as they have a much more aggressive tone to their game than Iowa. Miami pushes the tempo averaging 74.7ppg, whereas the defensive Iowa average 62.3ppg.

The end game will all come down to who can score from deep. Both teams have plenty of talents to step and put shots away from the 3-point-line. It’s going to be a close game, and although Miami is favored if Tyrese Hunter has a performance similar to the one he had against LSU, then the Hurricanes will get blown back home.



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Will James
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