Last Updated: 2017-12-07
Expect a shootout when the Iowa Hawkeyes (3-3), 6.5-point underdogs, take on the Iowa State Cyclones (5-2) at James H. Hilton Coliseum. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 152.5 points and it can be seen on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 7, 2017.
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Iowa State Cyclones Betting Odds
In their last matchup, the Cyclones beat the Northern Illinois Huskies, 94-80, while the Hawkeyes were beaten by the Indiana Hoosiers, 77-64.
Iowa State played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.182 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 9.9 (better than their season average of 15.6). Northern Illinois recorded marks of 0.104 and 14.2, respectively, for those same stats. Iowa, meanwhile, held Indiana to an effective field goal percentage of 0.470 (below their season average of 0.544). Iowa State’s Lindell Wigginton had a solid performance, recording 28 points and seven rebounds. Iowa, meanwhile, was lifted by Brady Ellingson, who contributed 16 points.
Iowa State could have trouble getting to the charity stripe in this showdown. Dating back to last season, the Cyclones rank 323rd in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.198, while Iowa ranks 26th in FTA rate allowed (0.187).
Vegas is known to set the total high when the Hawkeyes are involved, as four of their 6 games have finished under the total. Iowa heads into the contest with records of 3-3 straight up (SU) and 1-4-1 against the spread (ATS).
Games featuring the Cyclones also tend to go under the total (57.1 percent). Iowa State is 5-2 SU, but they are just 2-5 ATS.
The Hawkeyes won the lone contest between these two teams last season, 78-64. Iowa did a terrific job of making free throws (17-24; 70.8 percent). Iowa State, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (12.9 vs. 16.5).
Iowa Hawkeyes at Iowa State Cyclones ATS Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Iowa State, ATS Winner – Iowa State, O/U – Over
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Betting Notes (2016-Present):
Iowa State averages 15.5 assists per game, which ranks 54th in the nation. Iowa ranks 297th in assists allowed per game (16.9).
The Cyclones average 24.3 three pointers per game, which ranks 66th in the NCAA. The Hawkeyes rank 258th in three pointers allowed per game (23.4).
Iowa averages 4.2 blocks per game, which ranks 66th in the nation. Iowa State ranks 143rd in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
The Cyclones rank 29th in steals allowed per game (5.0) while the Hawkeyes rank 263rd (7.8).
Iowa ranks 36th in rebounds per game (38.9) while Iowa State ranks 261st in rebounds allowed per game (37.6).