Freedman’s Favorite Tennessee-Iowa Player Prop Bets

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Iowa Hawkeyes forward Tyler Cook. Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

  • Matthew Freedman continues his series featuring one of his favorite prop bets for each day of 2019.
  • On Sunday, he highlights his favorite NCAA Tournament player props in the Tennessee-Iowa game (12:10 p.m. ET, CBS).

Each day, I publish at least one quick-n’-dirty piece highlighting a favorite prop of mine. See my master list of 2019 prop bets for more information.

Also follow me in The Action Network app, where each day I post additional official player prop picks.

In this piece I’m going to highlight my favorite NCAA Tournament player props for the Tennessee-Iowa game. For more information, check out my piece on my March Madness prop-betting strategy.

You also should look at our live betting odds page for up-to-the-minute lines.

2019 Year-to-Date Record

346-284-12, +44.14 Units

  • NFL: 21-13-0, +11.72 Units
  • NBA: 198-154-4, +26.06 Units
  • NHL: 66-80-7, -7.57 Units
  • Golf: 4-7-1, -2.35 Units
  • NASCAR: 5-8-0. -1.70 Units
  • NCAAB: 29-19-0. +6.35 Units
  • NCAAF: 0-1-0. -1.00 Units
  • Exotic: 23-2-0. +12.64 Units

#2 Tennessee vs. #10 Iowa

  • Spread: Tennessee -8
  • Over/Under: 155.0
  • Time: 12:10 p.m. ET
  • TV: CBS

Tyler Cook: Over 11.5 points (-115) — Although the Hawkeyes have averaged 78.3 points per game, their team total vs. Volunteers is just 73.5, so we should expect to see depressed scoring. Still, Cook has led Iowa this year with 14.6 points, 10.3 field-goal attempts and 6.1 free-throw attempts.

Given that the Hawkeyes are sizable underdogs in a must-win game, I (perhaps optimistically) expect Cook to play more than the 24.0 minutes he’s averaged in the postseason: In 11 losses this year, he’s played 32.1 minutes per games. In his 26 games with 25-plus minutes, he’s averaged 15.4 points per game.

Jordan Bowden: Under 11.0 points (-115) — Bowden opened the season as a starter, playing 31.0 minutes per game, but after five games he was moved to the bench, where his playing time has been cut to an average of 26.8. He’s scored fewer than 11 points in three of four postseason games, and in Round 1 he played just 25 minutes.


Matthew Freedman is the Editor-in-Chief of FantasyLabs. He has a dog and sometimes a British accent. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he’s known only as The Labyrinthian.

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