Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Wildcats and Cyclones. The game is starting at 1:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Cyclones at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 149.5 points, and the Cyclones are favored to win at home against the Wildcats.

NEW HAMPSHIRE WILDCATS VS IOWA STATE CYCLONES BETTING PICK

The Pick: New Hampshire Wildcats +26.5

This game will be played at Hilton Coliseum at 1:00 ET on Sunday, December 31st.

WHY BET THE NEW HAMPSHIRE WILDCATS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-70 in favor of the Cyclones.
  • Even though we have Iowa State winning straight-up, we like New Hampshire at +26.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 149.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Can New Hampshire Lock in a Road Win?

New Hampshire heads into their 13th game of the year with a record of 8-4. Should they come out on top today, they will bring their road record to .500, which currently sits at 3-4. Up to this point, New Hampshire has been solid against the spread, boasting a record of 7-4. This includes a positive ATS mark of 5-2 when playing on the road and an even 2-2 when playing at home.

New Hampshire comes in with an over/under record of 6-4-1 through 12 games, with their games averaging a combined 150.6 points per game so far. The Wildcats’ last five games have culminated with an average of 150 points per game and an over/under record of 2-2-1.

Coming off a good offensive performance, New Hampshire’s offense scored 81 points against Rhode Island. Their field goal percentage for the game was 43.1%, and they went 12/19 from the free-throw line. Leading New Hampshire in scoring vs. Rhode Island was Clarence O. Daniels II with his 27 points. Naim Miller also added 17 points for the Wildcats.

On the defensive side, New Hampshire is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 71.9 points per game. In today’s game vs. Iowa State, the New Hampshire defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, New Hampshire made 16 free-throws vs. the Wildcats.

Can Iowa State Secure a Home Victory?

The game against New Hampshire today will showcase a 10-2 Iowa State team. In away games, the Cyclones are 2-1 this year, while they are 8-1 at home. Iowa State has a positive ATS record, sitting above .500 at 8-3-1. Looking at their performance in the last five games, they are 4-0-1 vs. the spread.

Iowa State comes in with an over/under record of 8-4-0 through 12 games, with their games averaging a combined 144.5 points per game so far. In their most recent three games, the Cyclones’ over/under record is 2-1, with their games averaging 148 points per game.

In contrast to their season average of 86.3 points per game, the Iowa State had a below average performance. They scored 80 points against Eastern Illinois and had a field goal percentage of 48.2%. Currently leading the team in scoring is Tamin Lipsey who comes into today’s matchup averaging 15.5. Keshon Gilbert also heads into the game with a PPG average of 14.8.

In the current season, the Iowa State defense has excelled, sitting 4th in the nation by allowing 58.2 points per game. Iowa State’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Eastern Illinois offense to knock down 48% of their shots on their way to putting up 48 points.