Iowa at Iowa State 12/7/17 - NCAA Basketball Picks & Predictions
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Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Iowa St. Cyclones
NCAAB: 8:00 PM EST
Dec. 07, 2017
Latest Odds : ISU -6.5 Total 152.5
This interstate rivalry has belonged to Iowa State in recent years, and they meet again Thursday at Iowa State. Iowa State is 5-2 and Iowa is 4-5. Last year they were in a similar situation and Iowa upset Iowa State. The Cyclones had won the previous three games in the series.
Iowa State lost its first two games of the season and has won five straight since then. The Cyclones found their offensive groove in that stretch. Iowa State is averaging 76.9 points and giving up 73.3.
The Cyclones are led by Donovan Jackson at 17 points per game. Lindell Wiggington is averaging 15.1 and Nick Babb is averaging 13.7 with 7.1 rebounds. Babb is shooting 55 percent. The Cyclones are shooting 45.5 percent overall, but two starters are over 55 percent. The Cyclones are also shooting 37 percent from behind the arc. The Cyclones have made 192 baskets and 60 were from long range.
Iowa won three in a row to start the season, but the wheels have come off lately. Iowa has lost its last three games and five of the last six and now has a 4-5 record.
Even with the losses, Iowa is still outscoring the opposition. The Hawkeyes are averaging 78 points per game and giving up 74.7.
Iowa is led by Tyler Cook at 14.6 points and seven rebounds per game. Jordan Bohannon and Isaiah Moss are both averaging 12 points per game. Iowa is shooting 47 percent overall and 40 from the 3-point line. Bohannon has made 26 3-pointer and is shooting 46 percent from there.
Recent Betting Trends:
Hawkeyes are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 road games.
Cyclones are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten.
Under is 5-2 in Hawkeyes last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Over is 4-1 in Cyclones last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Free Betting Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes +6.5
Head to head the Cyclones have won 3 of last 4 years but Hawkeyes have won 3 of last 4 ATS. Think trends continue this year as Iowa loses another close game but getting it done for us bettors. Cyclones aren't quite as talented on offense this year and that allows struggling Iowa to nearly pull the upset. Final Score Prediction, Iowa State Cyclones win but fall short ATS 76-74.