There are a lot of intriguing NCAAB matchups scheduled for Tuesday, February 21, and this conference tilt is one of them, so make sure you don’t miss out on the best Cyclones vs. Longhorns betting pick and odds.
Texas is looking for the seventh consecutive home win when they welcome Iowa State at Moody Center. The Longhorns are -7.5 favorites on BetOnline Sportsbook, while the total is set at 136 points. These Big 12 rivals will meet for the second time this year; the Cyclones won 78-67 in Iowa a month ago.
Cyclones’ offense didn’t click against Kansas State
The No. 23 Iowa State Cyclones (17-9, 14-12-0 ATS) lost five of the previous seven games; they suffered the sixth consecutive road defeat as the Kansas State Wildcats limited them to just 55 points. The Cyclones lost 61-55 in one of their weakest offensive displays of the campaign. Iowa State had an eight-point lead at halftime after allowing only 23 to the Wildcats, but the Cyclone’s offense was non-existent in the second 20 minutes. They shot 30.6% from the field and 18.5% from downtown.
Senior forward Aljaz Kunc led the Cyclones with 15 points and five rebounds. Gabe Kalscheur added 11 points and four boards and Tamin Lipsey finished with nine points, seven rebounds, six assists, and four steals, all game-highs.
G Jeremiah Williams (Achilles) is out for the season. G Caleb Grill was absent from the last contest with a back injury, and it is unknown if he will take part in Tuesday’s showdown versus Texas.
Longhorns edged Oklahoma in overtime
The No. 8 Texas Longhorns (21-6, 11-16-0 ATS) quickly forgot a road loss to the in-state foes Texas Tech Red Raiders and responded with an overtime 85-83 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners at home. It was the Longhorns’ sixth straight home win, but it didn’t come easily. Texas had a four-point lead in the final minute of regulation, but the visitors forced overtime thanks to Grant Sherfield’s three-pointer with seven seconds to go. The Longhorns nearly dropped a win again in OT, but this time around, Sam Godwin missed a game-tying layup as time expired.
Senior guard Sir’Jabari Rice led Texas with a game-high 24 points off the bench. Marcus Carr had 17 points, six rebounds, game-high four assists, and two steals, Timmy Allen chipped in 15 points, game-high nine boards, four dimes, and two thefts, Dylan Disu scored 12 with four rebounds, while Brock Cunningham posted a 10/4/4 line off the bench.
- 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall
- 0-5 ATS in the last five road games
- 2-7 ATS in the last nine games vs. a team with a winning straight-up record
- 15-5 SU in the last 20 games
- 7-0 SU in the last seven games when playing at home against Iowa State
- 6-0 SU in the last six games at home
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Texas Longhorns Pick
The Cyclones have a top-15 defense in basketball that is allowing 61.6 points per game, but they did allow 76+ in three of the previous four games on the road. Considering they are facing a high-scoring Longhorns team that averages nearly 80 points per contest (79.7 ppg), I doubt the visitors can manage to limit Texas here. The Longhorns are looking for revenge after losing the latest H2H in Iowa; they scored 67 back then, and I am backing them to be much better offensively on Tuesday. Texas won each of the last seven H2H encounters at home.
Pick: Take the Longhorns at -6.5 (-130)
Iowa State is not a high-scoring team; the Cyclones are averaging 69.5 points per game, but I believe if they score around 65 it will be more than enough for the Over bettors. I don’t expect the last year’s scenario to repeat when the Cyclones scored miserable 41 points in a blowout loss to the Longhorns in Texas. Over is 25-9 in the Cyclones’ last 34 vs. a team with a winning straight-up record; Over is 13-5-1 in the Longhorns’ previous 19 overall, while Over is 9-1-1 in Texas’ last 11 home games.
Pick: Go Over 134.5 points (-130)