Betting on today’s Cyclones and Bearcats game? Catch the action at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, OH, as the Bearcats hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN2. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 136.5 points, and Cincinnati is favored by -1.5 to win at home against Iowa State.


The Pick: Cincinnati Bearcats -1.5

This game will be played at Fifth Third Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, February 13th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-67 in favor of the Bearcats.
  • Not only will Cincinnati pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will the Cyclones Pull Through as the Away Underdog?

With a record of 18-5, Iowa State heads into this game on a two-game winning streak. They are 7-3 in Big 12 play and 11-2 in non-conference games. On the road, the Cyclones have gone 4-4, compared to 14-1 at home.

Coming into this game, Iowa State has been the underdog in six games, going 3-3 in those matchups. For the season, they have been the favorite in 17 games, going 15-2.

As the underdog this season, Iowa State has an ATS record of 4-2. Their overall ATS mark for the year is 15-7-1. On the road, the Cyclones are 4-4 vs. the spread and they have gone 3-0 ATS in their last three road games. In their last 10 games as the underdog, Iowa State is 6-4 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Iowa State games is 13-10 and today’s over/under line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (138.5). Over their last three games, their games have averaged 133 points compared to their season average of 141.2 points per game.

In their recent matchup, the Iowa State offense ended with 71 points against TCU. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 50% and made 8 threes. The team’s top scorer is Keshon Gilbert, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 13.9, while Tamin Lipsey also carries a PPG average of 13.2 into the game.

At present, the Cyclones’ defense is nationally ranked 9th, allowing 62.1 points per game. In today’s game vs. Cincinnati, the Iowa State defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Iowa State made 15 free-throws vs. the Cyclones.

Will Cincinnati Come Through as Home Favorites?

Through 23 games, Cincinnati has a record of 15-8, including a 4-6 mark in Big 12 play. At home, the Bearcats have been dominant, going 12-3 compared to their 3-5 record on the road.

As for their opponent, Iowa State, they come into the game with an overall record of 12-11. Cincinnati will be looking to bounce back after a 67-62 loss to Houston in their last game.

As the favorite this season, Cincinnati has gone 7-10 against the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bearcats have a mark of 3-7 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Cincinnati’s games this season (145.7). So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2.

Compared to their season average of 76.3 points per game, Cincinnati struggled in their previous game. Against Houston, the Bearcats scored 62 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 37.3%. Daniel Skillings led the team in scoring, putting up 13 points. Additionally, John Newman III contributed 10 points for the Bearcats.

At this time, the Bearcats’ defense is positioned 53rd in the country, permitting 66.8 points per game. So far, the Cincinnati defense is giving up an average of 7.5 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11 times per game (486th).