Buckeyes vs. Cyclones Prediction
The sixth-seeded Iowa State Cyclones overcame some struggles late in the regular season to win the Big 12 Conference Tournament and earn the automatic bid. Will ISU continue its strong play today when it matches up with the 11th-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes?
Friday, March 22, 2019
Bank of Oklahoma Center at 9:50PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Cyclones are a 5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 140 points. As of Friday morning, 67 percent of public bets are being placed on Iowa State. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Buckeyes fall short against Spartans
Ohio State lost by a count of 77-70 against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals Friday afternoon. The Buckeyes (19-14) trailed 36-30 at halftime and were unable to recover. Keyshawn Woods paced Ohio State with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting including 2-of-4 from 3-point land plus 4-of-4 at the free throw line in 27 minutes of action. Andre Wesson added 14 points along with three rebounds and three assists. Ohio State shot 24-of-52 from the field, 12-of-26 from 3-point distance plus 10-of-10 at the free throw line.
Cyclones race past Jayhawks
Iowa State earned a 78-66 victory Saturday night over Kansas to win the Big 12 Tournament and improve to 23-11 on the season. The Cyclones led 32-22 at halftime and continued to control the action after the break. Iowa State shot 26-of-54 from the field, 7-of-19 from 3-point distance plus 19-of-25 at the free throw line. Lindell Wigginton paced the Cyclones with 17 points on 4-of-11 shooting including 1-of-2 from 3-point distance plus 8-of-11 at the free throw line. He also contributed six rebounds and two assists. Marial Shayok tallied 15 points, four boards and three dimes. Michael Jacobson had 14 points, five caroms and two blocked shots. Tyrese Haliburton added 11 points, two rebounds and two blocks.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Buckeyes are 0-8 ATS in their last eight NCAA Tournament games. Ohio State is 0-6-1 ATS in its last seven games versus the Big 12.
The Cyclones are 5-1 ATS in their last six neutral site games. Iowa State is 1-4-1 ATS in its last six versus the Big Ten.
I have a rough time justifying Ohio State even being in this tournament considering its play since the calendar turned. It lost to some very good Big Ten teams, but also fell to the likes of Rutgers as well as Illinois and Northwestern. Those are teams an NCAA Tournament team should be beating, especially Illinois at home. While the Buckeyes were without their top scorer in Kaleb Wesson for a few games, I still don’t like their form entering the postseason. Iowa State, on the other hand, is on a roll. Take the Cyclones to cover.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: IOWA STATE CYCLONES -5