Iowa State vs. Texas - Big 12 Championship - 3/12/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Longhorns (20-12) at Iowa State Cyclones
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Sprint Center)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Texas Longhorns and Iowa State Cyclones will face off at the Sprint Center this Thursday night in quarterfinal action of the Big 12 Championship.
The Texas Longhorns (20-12) cruised by the Texas Tech Red Raiders in a must win game, 65-53, this past Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Big 12 championship. Texas, who earned the 7th seed with a 8-10 conference record, shot 43.9% from the field and outrebounded Texas Tech by a 39-24 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Longhorns was Cameron Ridley who had 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Texas is ranked 42nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 11th ranked SOS. On the season, the Longhorns have been led by Isaiah Taylor (13.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.5 apg) and Myles Turner (10.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.8 bpg). Texas is averaging 68.1 ppg (ranked 158th) on 43.6% shooting (ranked 168th). The Longhorns average 6.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 193rd) and commit 12.8 turnovers per game (ranked 200th). Defensively, Texas is holding their opponents to an average of 60.4 ppg (ranked 36th) on 36.4% shooting (ranked 4th). The Longhorns average 7.9 bpg (ranked 1st) and pull down 39.81 total rpg (ranked 6th).
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The 13th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones finished the season with a 22-8 record and earned the 2nd seed in the Big 12 Championship with a 12-6 conference record. Iowa State has one of the best and most exciting starting lineups in the country, however, they can be inconsistent at times and struggle on defensive. Iowa State is ranked 11th in the RPI Standings and has played the 18th ranked SOS. Iowa State’s biggest wins of the season have come against Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
Iowa State averages 79.3 ppg (ranked 8th) on 48.5% shooting (ranked 12th). The Cyclones average 7.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 38th) on 36.8% three-point shooting (ranked 70th). Iowa State averages 16.8 apg (ranked 7th) and commits 11.5 turnovers per game (ranked 69th). Defensively, Iowa State is allowing opponents to average 69.6 ppg (ranked 261st) on 42.0% shooting (ranked 124th). The Cyclones average 6.1 spg (ranked 190th) and 3.8 bpg (ranked 125th). Iowa State pulls down 36.33 total rpg (ranked 79th) and have a rebound margin of 2.0 (ranked 114th). On the season, the Cyclones have been led by Georges Niang (15.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.4 apg) and Monte Morris (11.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.7 spg).
Iowa State was able to defeat Texas in both match-ups this season as they were able to average 87 ppg against the tough Texas defense. Although Iowa State has had no issue with the Texas defense this year, Texas looked more like the team we expected to see all season last night against Texas Tech and I think that their defensive will show up for this one knowing that if they can knock of the Cyclones they should have an at-large bid wrapped up. I think this one comes down to the wire and I’m going to take Texas and the points.