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Iowa State Cyclones vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/13/13

Iowa Hawkeyes (10-1) at Iowa State Cyclones (7-0)

College Basketball: Friday, December 13, 2013 at 9:30 pm (Hilton Coliseum)

The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The undefeated 17th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones host the #23 Iowa Hawkeyes in an interstate showdown Friday night, with the two sides meeting as ranked opponents for only the second time in history.  

The Cyclones come in with a record of 7-0 and a number of strong showings to their credit, namely wins over Michigan, BYU and Auburn. But an Iowa team lauded as one of the deepest in the country that ranks fourth nationally with a scoring margin of plus-24.6 per game should provide Iowa State with its stiffest test of the season. The Cyclones have plenty of firepower of their own, though. They lead the nation with 91.7 ppg on 49 percent shooting, rank second in the country at 19.9 assists per game and 4th nationally with 46.3 rebounds per contest. In their last outing against Northern Iowa, Iowa State rallied from eighteen down in the second half to send the game into overtime and escape the Panthers 91-82. Senior F Melvin Ejim scored 20 of his team-high 22 points in the second half and overtime after essentially being shutout in the first half, going 1 for 4 from the field. Ejim, the team’s leading scorer with 18 points per contest, added 7 rebounds and hit 4 of 7 from distance. Junior F Dustin Hogue recorded a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while sophomore F Georges Niang scored a career-high 22 points.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/13/13

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The Hawkeyes come in at 10-1 with their only loss an 88-83 overtime thriller against Villanova in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game Nov. 30. Iowa has won three straight since then, a narrow 98-93 victory over Notre Dame followed by a 17-point rout of Drake and a 92-59 pasting of Fairleigh Dickinson in their last outing Monday. The Hawkeyes put the game away early behind several long, time-consuming runs that had them ahead by 30 points midway through the second half.  Junior C Gabriel Olaseni posted a double-double and led five Iowa players in double figures with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while senior F Melsahn Basabe added 12 points and 11 rebounds on 5 of 7 shooting. Through 11 games, the Hawkeyes are averaging 89.5 ppg on 46 percent from the field and senior G Roy Devyn Marble leads the team with 15.6 ppg on 40 percent from the floor.

The line in this game favors Iowa State by 2.5points and the oddsmakers have it right. The spread doesn’t mean much. Iowa is right behind Iowa State’s 91.7 ppg with 89.5 and 46 .3 rebounds per game with 46.0. About the only thing separating these two right now is the home floor, but even that won’t be much of an advantage here. The hunch is that Iowa’s ten man rotation wears the Cyclones down, making the points the play.

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