No. 5 Iowa State vs. No. 12 Nevada preview: Game time, broadcast, betting line, prediction

The Iowa State Cyclones (23-10) are a No. 5 seed in the Midwest Region, and will take on the No. 12 seed Nevada Wolf Pack (28-6). The game will be played at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee at 9:57 p.m. on Thursday.

Preview: Iowa State finished second in the Big 12 tied with Baylor and West Virginia, and recorded wins over Kansas, Baylor and West Virginia. The Cyclones are led by guard Monte Morris, who averages 16.3 points per game and 6.1 assists per game.

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Nevada won the Mountain West conference outright and beat Colorado State in the final to win the Mountain West Tournament. The Wolf Pack is led by Marcus Marshall, who averages 19.8 points per game.

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Date: Thursday, March 16

Time: 9:57 p.m. E.T.

TV Channel: TruTV

Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

Announcers: Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Debbie Antonelli, and Lisa Byington

Opening Betting Line: Iowa State -6.5, via OddsShark

Iowa State has appeared in the tournament 18 times, and the Cyclones have made one Final Four. Their last trip to the NCAA Tournament was last year, when they advanced all the way to the Sweet Sixteen.

Nevada has made six tournament appearances, and has never made the Final Four. The Wolf Pack made it to the Round of 32 in 2007, which was also their last tournament appearance.

Prediction: Led by the prolific scoring of Marshall, I'm taking Nevada in this one. While the Wolf Pack played in a fairly weak conference, they should be a pretty dangerous team in the always dramatic 5 vs. 12 match-up.

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