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Iowa State Cyclones vs. Auburn Tigers Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/2/13

Auburn Tigers (4-1) at Iowa State Cyclones (5-0)

College Basketball: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Hilton Coliseum)

The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Iowa State Cyclones and the Auburn Tigers face off on Monday in college basketball action.

The Iowa State Cyclones are off to a 5-0 start to the season and are ranked 17th in the nation. Fred Hoiberg’s Cyclones already has wins over Michigan and BYU under their belt do they are battle tested. Melvin Ejim is averaging 18 points and 7.3 rebounds to lead ISU. DeAndre Kane is averaging 16.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 4.8 assists, Georges Niang is averaging 13.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.8 assists, Naz Long is averaging 11 points, Matt Thomas is averaging 10.2 points, and Dustin Hogue is averaging 10 points and 8.6 rebounds. Iowa State is averaging 90.4 points and they are shooting 51.1 percent and they are allowing 64.2 points and their opponents are shooting 35.2 percent. Iowa State is deep in talent and experience and that should take them far this season.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Auburn Tigers Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/2/13

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The Auburn Tigers are off to a 4-1 start and hopes are this team is improved over what we have seen from them in recent years. The Tigers have played the 351st ranked schedule in the nation but we should learn a lot about Tony Barbee’s team in this spot. Chris Denson is averaging 20.8 points and 5.6 rebounds to lead Auburn. K.T. Harrell is averaging 17.4 points and 4.6 rebounds, Tahj Shamsid-Deen is averaging 9.0 points, and Asaughn Dixon –Tatum is averaging 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds. Auburn is averaging 79.8 points and they are shooting 45.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 71.8 points and their opponents are shooting 44.1 percent. This Auburn’s first road game of the season.

Iowa State is 19-7 against the spread in their last 26 home games, 5-0 against the spread in their last five games, and 2-10 against the spread in their last 12 games. Auburn is 5-1 against the spread in their last six non-conference games, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven road games, and 0-7 against the spread against a team with a winning record.

There is a monster spread in this one but Iowa State should have it covered and while I like ISU plenty here it falls short of a Premium Pick for me. 

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