Betting on today’s Cougars and Cyclones game? Catch the action at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA, as the Cyclones hosts this showdown at 9:00 ET on ESPN2. The over/under for this game is set at 146.5 points, and Iowa State is favored by -7.5 vs. BYU in a Big 12 conference matchup.


The Pick: Iowa State Cyclones -7.5

This game will be played at Hilton Coliseum at 9:00 ET on Wednesday, March 6th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 79-66 in favor of the Cyclones.
  • Not only will Iowa State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -7.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 146.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Can BYU Deliver Being Underdogs on the Road?

BYU has been much better at home this season, going 16-2 compared to 5-6 on the road. They have also been the favorite in 23 of their 29 games, going 20-3 in those contests.

After their 87-75 win over TCU, the Cougars have won two in a row. Over their last 10 games away from home, they have gone 4-6, and their average scoring margin on the road this year is +2.5.

BYU has an ATS record of 17-11-1 this season and they are 4-6-1 vs. the spread on the road. As the underdog, the Cougars have gone 1-5 vs. the spread this year and their underdog ATS mark over the last 10 games is 4-5-1. In their last 3 road games, BYU has an ATS record of 1-2.

BYU’s over/under record this season is 14-15 and the average scoring total in their games is 152.2 points. Today’s over/under line of 146.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (150.2). In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 154 points.

In their previous game, the Cougars’ offense finished with 87 points, which is right in line with their current average of 82.7 points per contest. Jaxson Robinson is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 13.9 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Trevin Knell brings a PPG average of 11.4 into the game.

At present, the Cougars’ defense is nationally ranked 104th, allowing 69.4 points per game. In their most recent game, the BYU defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as TCU knocked down 9 three-pointers on their way to 75 points.

Can the Cyclones Pull Off a Home Win?

Entering tonight’s game against BYU, Iowa State has been nearly unbeatable at home, going 17-1 this season and winning their last 13 games at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones are 19-2 this season when favored, and they are currently favored by 7.5 points.

After beating UCF 60-52 in their last game, Iowa State has now won three straight games and 10 straight at home. For the season, the Cyclones are 23-6 overall and 12-4 in Big 12 play.

At home this season, Iowa State has an ATS mark of 13-4-1. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cyclones are 6-3-1 vs. the spread. Their ATS record over their last 3 home games is 2-1.

Today’s over/under line of 146.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Iowa State’s games this season (138.1). This year, 20 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 116 points, which is lower than their season average of 138.6 points per game.

Iowa State offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 60 points against UCF. In that game, they made 5/21 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 45.7%. Currently leading the team in scoring is Keshon Gilbert who comes into today’s matchup averaging 13.8. Tamin Lipsey also heads into the game with a PPG average of 12.3.

This season, the Iowa State defense has been impressive, holding the 7th position in the country while permitting an average of 61.9 points per contest. Iowa State’s three-point defense is currently 170th in the country at 7.5 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 40.5% of their shots vs. Iowa State.