VEGAS: Purdue the early, slight favorite vs. Cyclones

Mar 16, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Purdue Boilermakers forward Vince Edwards (12) drives around defender Vermont Catamounts forward Anthony Lamb (3) during the second half of the game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

MILWAUKEE — Iowa State will practice at a little after 4 p.m. today in preparation for its Round of 32 matchup with 4th-seeded Purdue on Saturday (8:40 p.m. on TBS).

Vegas chimed in on the matchup early this morning and is basically predicting a draw. The experts in the desert have tabbed Purdue as a slight 1-point favorite.

This exactly matches the KenPom projection of a 76-75 Boilermaker victory. According to the statistical website, Iowa State has a 48 percent chance of advancing to the Sweet 16.

Check out Cyclone Fanatic later today for complete coverage of Iowa State in Milwaukee.

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