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Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Iowa State Cyclones - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iowa State Cyclones (14-3) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm (United Spirit Arena)

The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders +9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Iowa State Cyclones will travel to the United Supermarkets Arena to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders this Saturday afternoon.

The 9th ranked Iowa State Cyclones improved to 14-3 (4-1 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Kansas St. Wildcats 77-71 this past Tuesday night. Iowa State shot 45.0% from the field in the victory while holding Kansas St. to just 28.6% (4-14) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Jameel McKay who had 15 points, 7 rebound, and 3 blocks off the bench. Iowa State is ranked 17th in the RPI Standings and has played the 50th ranked SOS. On the season, the Cyclones have been led by Georges Niang (14.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Bryce Dejean-Jones (12.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.9 apg). Offensively, Iowa State is averaging 80.1 ppg (ranked 14th) on 48.7% shooting (ranked 17th). The Cyclones average 7.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 46th) and 18.4 apg (ranked 1st). Iowa State is allowing their opponents to average 67.1 ppg (ranked 194th) on 41.2% shooting (ranked 118th). The Cyclones grab 36.24 total rpg (ranked 108th) and have a turnover margin of 2.1 (ranked 56th).

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Iowa State Cyclones - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders lost their 6th straight game and dropped to 10-9 (0-6 Big 12) on the season after losing 63-43 to the Oklahoma St. Cowboys this past Wednesday. Texas Tech struggled offensively, as they shot only 27.8% from the field and 25.0% (4-16) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Keenan Evans who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals off the bench. Texas Tech is ranked 176th in the RPI Standings and has played the 140th ranked SOS. On the season, the Red Raiders have been led by Devaughntah Williams (10.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.8 apg) and Robert Turner (8.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.6 apg). Offensively, Texas Tech is averaging 63.9 ppg (ranked 262nd) on 40.8% shooting (ranked 287th). The Red Raiders average just 4.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 303rd) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.79 (ranked 295th). Texas Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 61.5 ppg (ranked 66th) on 40.0% shooting (ranked 74th). The Red Raiders average 36.21 total rpg (ranked 110th) and have a rebound margin of 3.6 (ranked 83rd).

The Cyclones are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. the Big 12. The Red Raiders are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. the Big 12.

Iowa State has arguably one of the best offensive teams in the country and for Texas Tech to have any chance in this one, they’ll need to be able to slow down this explosive offensive as the Red Raiders have serious trouble scoring the basketball. Although every Iowa State game in the Big 12 has been close, Texas Tech is at the bottom of the Big 12 and I just feel that Iowa State just too talented of a team not to get a blow-out victory here. Take Iowa State to cover!

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Iowa State -9.5

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