Iowa State vs. Arkansas - 12/4/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arkansas Razorbacks (6-0) at Iowa State Cyclones (4-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Hilton Coliseum)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Arkansas Razorbacks and Iowa State Cyclones play Thursday at the Hilton Coliseum.
The Arkansas Razorbacks remain undefeated and will play their second true road game. On the season, Arkansas is averaging 90 points on 47 percent shooting and is allowing 70.8 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Michael Qualls leads Arkansas with 15.3 points and 5.2 rebounds while Bobby Portis is averaging 14.5 points and 6.2 rebounds. Rashad Madden is averaging six assists per game and Anthlon Bell is shooting 48.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Arkansas Razorbacks are one of the top offensive teams in the country, shooting 46.1 percent from downtown and averaging 20.7 assists, which are the most of any team in college basketball. Arkansas is also solid defensively, forcing 18.5 turnovers, which includes nearly 10 steals per game.
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The Iowa State Cyclones can make up for their loss to Maryland with a win here. On the season, Iowa State is averaging 83.4 points on 47.5 percent shooting and is allowing 69 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Georges Niang leads Iowa State with 18.2 points and 6.6 rebounds while Bryce Dejean-Jones is averaging 14.2 points and 7.8 rebounds. Monte Morris leads the Cyclones with 6.4 assists and Naz Long is shooting 45.7 percent from the field. The Iowa State Cyclones are also a great offensive team that’s shooting 75.2 percent from the free throw line and 34.4 percent from three three. Defensively, Iowa State is forcing 14.4 turnovers per game and is allowing teams to shoot 35.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Cyclones shaky defense will be put to the test in this matchup.
The Razorbacks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 15-36 ATS in their last 51 road games. The Cyclones are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 non-conference games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games.
I had Arkansas winning the SEC before the season started and can't simply back down from that prediction with the way they've been playing. Arkansas is a very good team on both sides of the ball and always plays with a point to prove on the road. Don't be surprised if the Razorbacks win SU, but the points are too sweet to pass up.