Hawkeyes vs. Cyclones Prediction
An in-state rivalry game is on tap tonight as the Iowa Hawkeyes play at the Iowa State Cyclones. Can ISU navigate its way to a victory on its home court?
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Hilton Coliseum at 8PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Cyclones are 4-point favorites on the spread line. The total is set at 157.5 points. As of Thursday morning, 56 percent of public bets are siding with visiting Iowa. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Hawkeyes roll past Golden Gophers
Iowa earned a 72-52 home win Monday night over Minnesota to improve to 7-3 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten Conference. The Hawkeyes outscored the Golden Gophers 35-23 in the second half to pull away. Joe Wieskamp paced Iowa with 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting including 5-of-7 from 3-point range plus 2-of-2 at the free throw line. He also accounted for six rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. Luka Garza racked up 21 points, 10 boards and two assists. C.J. Fredrick added 10 points and two dimes.
Cyclones down Pirates in rematch
After losing to Seton Hall in the fifth-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, Iowa State got its revenge at home Sunday night over the Pirates as it prevailed 76-66. The Cyclones outscored Seton Hall 48-40 in the second half to post the win. Rasir Bolton helped lead ISU as he scored 17 points on 4-of-11 shooting including 1-of-4 from 3-point distance plus 8-of-10 at the charity stripe. He also registered eight rebounds and two steals. Tyrese Haliburton tallied 17 points, six boards and five assists. George Condit IV accounted for 17 points, six caroms and five blocked shots. Prentiss Nixon added 10 points, three dimes, three steals and two rebounds.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Hawkeyes are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 road games. Iowa is 1-4 ATS in its last five games following an ATS win.
The Cyclones are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as a favorite. The favorite is 0-5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
The underdog seems to rise to the occasion most of the time in this rivalry and I don't think this will be an exception. The Hawkeyes are arguably the better team, although the two squads are very evenly matched. Iowa is elite in terms of offensive efficiency, but can struggle on the defensive end. The Cyclones are a little more well-rounded, but without the dynamite offense as they only fall into the very good category while being adequate defensively. The last time the two teams were this evenly matched at Iowa State was in 2016 when the Cyclones squeaked out an 83-82 victory. We might have another down to the wire game here. I'm taking the dogs.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: IOWA HAWKEYES +5