Betting on today’s Cougars and Cyclones game? Catch the action at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA, as the Cyclones hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN2. The Cougars come into this Big 12 conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 131.5 points.


The Pick: Iowa State Cyclones +3

This game will be played at Hilton Coliseum at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, January 9th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-69 in favor of the Cyclones.
  • Not only will Iowa State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 131.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 142 points.

Pressure Builds for Houston as Away Favorites

After winning their first 13 games of the season, Houston is 14-0 heading into their Big 12 matchup with Iowa State. The Cougars have been dominant on the road this season, going 3-0 with an average scoring margin of +6.7 points per game.

During their current 13-game win streak, Houston has been favored in all 13 games and has gone 13-0 in those contests. In their last game, the Cougars defeated West Virginia by a score of 89-55.

As the favorite this season, Houston has an ATS mark of 8-5. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cougars have gone 7-3 vs. the spread. On the road this year, Houston’s ATS record is 1-2 and over their last 10 road games, they are 3-6 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 131.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Houston’s games this season (134.3). So far, the over/under record in their games is 4-9. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total in those games is 124 points.

Houston’s offense is coming off a good game, putting up 89 points vs. West Virginia. Overall, they hit 53.1% of their shots from the field and went 12/14 from the free-throw line. Offensively, the Cougars have a season long field goal percentage of 44%, which is 220th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 99th in percentage and 132nd in three-pointers made.

Coming into today’s game, the Houston defense is giving up an average of 49.8 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Houston’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.5% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 25.8% this season.

Will Iowa State Make it Happen at Home?

Even though they are 9-1 at home this season, Iowa State enters this game as the underdog. They are 11-3 overall, and they have a scoring margin of +33.9 points per game at home.

Coming off a 71-63 loss to Oklahoma, the Cyclones have gone 5-0 in their last five games at home. For the season, they are 11-2 in non-conference games and 0-1 in Big 12 play.

As the underdog, Iowa State’s ATS record this season is 0-1. However, their overall ATS mark is 8-5-1. At home, the Cyclones have gone 7-2-1 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Iowa State games is 9-5 and the average over/under line in their games is 137.9. Today’s line of 131.5 is lower than that average line, and so far, three of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 139 points and during their last five games, the average scoring total is 146 points. So far, this season, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 131.5.

The Iowa State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 63 points vs. Oklahoma. Overall their field goal percentage was 42.6% while connecting on 3 threes. The top scorer for the Cyclones was Milan Momcilovic with 12 points, while Robert Jones also chipped in with 12 points.

At this time, the Cyclones’ defense is positioned 7th in the country, permitting 59.9 points per game. Iowa State’s three-point defense is currently 159th in the country at 8.0 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 38.5% of their shots vs. Iowa State.