Evenly matched groups clash in Round 2

Evenly matched groups clash in Round 2

Oklahoma State finished the regular season by winning 10 of its last 13 games. But can Brad Underwood’s program subdue Iowa State’s ultra-balanced attack in the Big 12 Championship?

The two squads kick off the second round of the festivities this afternoon, with a 12:30 p.m. ET tip at the Sprint Center. Online sports book Bovada.lv gives the Cyclones odds of -115 to emerge victorious. Conversely, the Cowboys represent -105 underdogs.

NCAA BB Quick Links: Free Matchup Reports | Injuries | Odds Comparison | Scoreboard | Betting Trends

Underwood’s initial year in Stillwater began ignominiously. The Pokes (20-11) dropped each of their first six league contests, getting trounced by West Virginia, Kansas and Kansas State along the way. Gradually, though, sophomore guard Juwan Evans & Co. made marked strides on the offensive end. Oklahoma State actually wound up leading the conference in scoring at 85.6 points per tilt.

Steve Prohm’s team, however, figures to cause fits for the Cowboys’ D. ISU (20-10) boasts four players – Monte Morris, Naz Mitrou-Long, Deonte Burton and Matt Thomas – averaging in double digits. Ames’ finest also came on strong down the stretch, capturing six in a row before a loss at No. 7 WVU on March 3.

Bet on Tonight's NCAA Action

While Oklahoma State deserves a ton of credit for pulling things together, we keep returning to the Cyclones’ multifaceted nature. There are simply too many threats for Underwood’s gang to handle. What’s more, Prohm’s prior tourney experience in Kansas City could pay great dividends as the score inevitably tightens up.

 

THURSDAY NCAA FREE PICK: IOWA STATE -1

Loading...

College Basketball Predictions

Thumbnail Baylor vs. Gonzaga Betting Prediction Baylor and Gonzaga will put it all on the line Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis when they play the Men’s Basketball Championship at 9:20 p.m. ET....
Thumbnail UCLA vs. Gonzaga Final Four Prediction The UCLA Bruins are the Cinderella of the NCAA Tournament this season but they face their biggest test to date when they take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs at 8:34...
Thumbnail Houston vs. Baylor Final Four Prediction The Final Four tips off at 5:14 p.m. ET when two-seed Houston squares off against one-seed Baylor, which is a 5-point favorite. Will the Cougars cover as the...
Thumbnail UCLA vs. Michigan Elite Eight Prediction There’s one more ticket available for this year’s Final Four and it’ll go to either UCLA or Michigan, which play on Tuesday night at 9:57 p.m. ET on TBS....
Thumbnail USC vs. Gonzaga Elite Eight Prediction The Elite Eight continues on Tuesday night when USC takes on Gonzaga at 7:15 p.m. ET. The total for tonight’s game dropped from 155 down to 153, but is the...

NCAAB Headlines