Iowa State vs. UMKC - 12/9/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UMKC Kangaroos (3-6) at Iowa State Cyclones (5-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Hilton Coliseum)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -26 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UMKC Kangaroos and Iowa State Cyclones play Tuesday night at the Hilton Coliseum.
The UMKC Kangaroos have lost five of their last six games and will play their seventh true road games. On the season, UMKC is averaging 63.6 points on 38 percent shooting and is allowing 70.4 points on 48 percent shooting. Martez Harrison leads UMKC with 17.1 points and 4.3 assists while Shayok Shayok is averaging 8.8 points and seven rebounds. Reese Holliday is grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game and Frank Williams Jr. is shooting 41.1 percent from the field. The UMKC Kangaroos are a quick paced team that averages more than 57 shots per game and is feisty defensively by producing 10.3 steals, which is good for ninth in the country. UMKC, however, has just one player averaging double-digit points and is shooting 34 percent from deep as a team.
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The Iowa State Cyclones have won two straight since losing to Maryland and are coming off a beat down against Arkansas. On the season, Iowa State is averaging 85.3 points on 49.9 percent shooting and is allowing 70.3 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Georges Niang leads ISU with 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while Bryce Dejean-Jones is averaging 16.3 points and 7.5 rebounds. Naz Long is shooting 46.2 percent from the field and Monte Morris is averaging six assists per game. The Iowa State Cyclones is one of the better shooting teams in the country, shooting 75.7 percent from the line and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Iowa State is averaging 34 rebounds per game and forcing 14.3 turnovers.
The Kangaroos are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Cyclones are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 non-conference games.
UMKC just lost to South Dakota State by 20 points.. Um, as long as Iowa State isn't suffering a letdown from its win against Arkansas, this should be a game that gets ugly.