Drake vs. Iowa State - 12/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa State Cyclones (8-1) at Drake Bulldogs (2-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm (Wells Fargo Arena)
The Line: Drake Bulldogs +18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Iowa State Cyclones and Drake Bulldogs square off Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Arena.
The Iowa State Cyclones are off to a fast 8-1 start and look to keep things rolling. On the season, Iowa State is averaging 84.8 points on 50.2 percent shooting and is allowing 70.1 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Georges Niang is averaging 17.8 points and 6.1 rebounds while Bryce Dejean-Jones is averaging 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds. Naz Long is shooting 46.3 percent from the field and Dustin Hogue is grabbing 4.7 rebounds per game. The Iowa State Cyclones are one of the better offensive teams in the country, which includes 77.5 percent from the free throw line and 35.4 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Iowa State is forcing 13.3 turnovers per game and holding teams to 35.6 percent from downtown. Jameel McKay is probable for his debut.
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The Drake Bulldogs are off to a 2-8 start and play their first game in five days. On the season, Drake is averaging 61.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting and is allowing 70.6 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Gary Ricks Jr. is averaging 11.7 points on 46 percent shooting and Reed Timmer is averaging 11 points and 2.9 assists. Jacob Enevold Jensen is grabbing six rebounds per game and Chris Caird is shooting 49.3 percent from the field. The Drake Bulldogs are a slow paced offensive team that shoots a quality 76.3 percent from the line and 40.5 percent from beyond the arc. While the percentages are impressive, Drake averages less than 45 shots per game. Defensively, Drake is forcing 10.2 turnovers per game and is holding teams to 35.3 percent shooting from deep.
The Bulldogs are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 6-20-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Cyclones are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 non-conference games.
Drake's slow style of play should help them keep this game somewhat close and limit Iowa State's offensive production. Taking the points here seems to be the play.