The Iowa Hawkeyes enter the 2021 NCAA men’s basketball tournament with a 21-8 record. Led by the superb Luka Garza, Iowa has earned a 2 seed in the West Region and will start Saturday evening against Grand Canyon University.
We have seen elite centers take over March and lead a team to a title. Garza is a difficult matchup for most teams and could very well take the Hawkeyes to the Final Four.
Backing Iowa? Here are some ways to get some action on the Hawkeyes.
10. National Championship Futures
Iowa looked great in the non-conference slate before finishing third in what may have been the best Big Ten season in conference history. Most of their losses came against highly-seeded teams like Gonzaga, Illinois, and Michigan. They can play with the big guns – but can they win these games in March?
Currently the Hawkeyes are one of the shortest prices on the boards. The best available price is +1800 at PointsBet.
Best Iowa futures
9. Points Spread
Most 2 versus 15 matchups usually involve lopsided spreads. Iowa is favored by over Grand Canyon, with some books offering a half-point extra value for the Hawkeyes. Iowa went 15-13-1 against the spread this year, oftentimes as a favorite.
This could be a good chance for early money. The line could go up if players roll their winnings from Friday into Saturday and target a heavily-favored Hawkeyes team.
8. Game Over/Under
The total for Iowa versus Grand Canyon is . The Hawkeyes enter 14-15 for Overs, with some high-scoring games in and out of conference. Grand Canyon saw the Under hit in 14 of their 20 games.
The total of this game may come down to how well the 15 seed can defend Garza. If Garza can get his buckets and open up the offense, the number is plausible. If the Hawkeyes let GCU stick around, it may be a lower-scoring affair.
Best Iowa versus Grand Canyon odds
7. Single-Game Parlays
PointsBet offers the best prices and options for players looking to make a single-game parlay. Bet the moneyline, total, player props, and even get some money back if only one leg misses. Sign up for PointsBet to get started.
6. In-Play Wagering
Iowa versus Grand Canyon will tip off around 6:25 p.m. ET on Saturday. There’s time to do some chores and run errands during the day. Take a look at some of the in-game options from the top sportsbooks while on the couch.
5. Pick the Final Four
Iowa has a good path as a 2-seed but to make the Final Four they’ll likely have to beat an undefeated Gonzaga team that beat them 99-88 earlier this season. Can the Hawkeyes pull the upset? They’ve got a price of +400 to make the Final Four at DraftKings Sportsbook.
4. Game Props
Have a hunch for one of the in-game options? Think the Hawkeyes will put away Grand Canyon early with a strong first half defense? How about Garza to win Most Outstanding Player?
Before tipoff, take a look across the top sportsbooks and see what the oddsmakers have for team totals, both half and final. See if there’s a scoring total that could be a giveaway. Make the call and hold on tight.
3. Special Props
There are some interesting options to bet a seed or conference to go all the way. It may cause ulcers to throw in some Big Ten rivals, but the conference has four legit contenders to cut down the nets.
2. FanDuel March Million Giveaway
Want to win a million dollars? Even if Iowa falls, that wager on the Hawkeyes could earn a cool mill in FanDuel’s March Million Giveaway.
Players get an entry to the contest with each bet on the Big Dance, one per day. Bet each day to maximize the number of entries. Someone will win the million once the champ is crowned. Sign up with FanDuel by going here.
1. DraftKings March Mania Boosts
Get a 20% parlay boost on any 4-leg parlay and a 25% live profit boost for Round 1 of the NCAA tournament! DK will also have odds boosts on Grand Canyon versus Iowa as we get closer to game time on Saturday!