Iowa vs. Iowa State - 12/12/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa State Cyclones (6-1) at Iowa Hawkeyes (8-2)
College Basketball: Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Iowa State Cyclones and Iowa Hawkeyes play Friday night at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Iowa State Cyclones are off to a quick 6-1 start and will play their first true road game. On the season, Iowa State is averaging 83.6 points on 49.4 percent shooting and is allowing 68.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Georges Niang leads the Cyclones with 18 points and 4.3 assists while Dustin Hogue is averaging 11.6 points and 3.1 rebounds. Naz Longis shooting 42.9 percent from the field and Monte Morris is averaging 5.9 assists. The Iowa State Cyclones are all offense once again this season with five players averaging double-digit points, and shooting 75.5 percent from the free throw line and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Cyclones could improve defensively, as they’ve allowed 70-plus in three of their last five games. Bryce Dejean-Jones is doubtful for this game due to off-the-court issues.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes have won six straight and play their fourth game against a ranked team. On the season, Iowa is averaging 72 points on 42.3 percent shooting and is allowing 54.9 points on 33.7 percent shooting. Aaron White leads Iowa with 15.6 points and 7.1 rebounds while Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 11.3 points and six rebounds. Gabriel Olaseni is grabbing 6.2 rebounds per game and Adam Woodbury is shooting 55.6 percent from the field. The Iowa Hawkeyes rely on their defense that is forcing 15.6 turnovers per game and holding teams to 25.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Iowa is also one of the better rebounding teams in the country, averaging more than 41 boards per game. The concern with Iowa is the 29.9 percent shooting from deep and just two players averaging double-digit points.
The Cyclones are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games and 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The over is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
Iowa is battle tested against ranked teams, is at home and the better defensive squad. I also don't like Iowa State without its second-leading scorer. Iowa should win this game and cover the reasonable number.