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Iowa State Cyclones vs. South Carolina Gamecocks - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Carolina Gamecocks (8-3) at Iowa State Cyclones (10-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The Iowa State Cyclones and the South Carolina Gamecocks will face off at the Barclays Center this Saturday night.

The 9th ranked Iowa State Cyclones improved to 10-1 on the season after defeating the Miss. Valley State Delta Devils this past Wednesday. The Cyclones shot 50.8% from the field and held the Delta Devils to just 5.9% (1-17) from long-range in the victory. Leading the way for Iowa State was Naz Long who had 24 points (7-10 3PM-A), 2 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Cyclones are ranked 48th in the RPI Standings and have played the 231st SOS. On the season, Iowa State have been led by Georges Niang (16.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.9 apg), Bryce Dejean-Jones (15.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.9 spg), and Naz Long (13.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively,  The Cyclones are averaging 84.5 ppg (ranked 9th) on 50.6% shooting (ranked 7th). Iowa State leads the country in assists at 19.9 apg. Defensively, the Cyclones are allowing 65.3 ppg (ranked 166th) on 40.8% shooting (ranked 126th). Iowa State currently averages 8.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 18th) on 36.5% shooting (ranked 88th). The Cyclones are currently shooting 74.0% from the free-throw line as a team (ranked 33rd).

Iowa State Cyclones vs. South Carolina Gamecocks - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The South Carolina Gamecocks won their 6th straight game and improved to 8-3 on the season after defeating the North Carolina A&T Aggies 91-54 this past Tuesday. The Gamecocks outrebounded the Aggies by a 41-20 margin and shot an impressive 54.7% from the field in the victory. Leading the way for South Carolina was Laimonas Chatkevicius who had 14 points and 9 rebounds. South Carolina is ranked 105th in the RPI Standings and has played the 182 SOS. On the season, the Gamecocks have been led by Duane Notice (13.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg), Sindarius Thornwell (11.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.9 spg), and Laimonas Chatkevicius (10.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.7 bpg). Offensively, South Carolina is averaging 74.5 ppg (ranked 53rd) on 45.7% shooting (ranked 90th). The Gamecocks like to do most of their offensive damage from inside as they are only averaging 5.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 284th) on 30.9% shooting (ranked 260th). Defensively, South Carolina is holding their opponents to an average of 57.9 ppg (ranked 28th) on 33.7% shooting (ranked 4th).

The Cyclones are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Gamecocks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 10-4-1 ATs in their last 15 games following a S.U. win.

The Iowa State Cyclones have one of the talented teams in the country and can be nearly impossible to stop on the offensive end if they are all shooting well. Frank Martin has done a great job in the time he has been at South Carolina and he should have South Carolina ready for this match-up. Iowa State can struggle on the road and I think that the Gamecocks defensive does enough in this one to keep it within the spread. I’m taking South Carolina and the points.  

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