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Cincinnati vs. Iowa State - 12/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iowa State Cyclones (9-1) at Cincinnati Bearcats (10-2)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Fifth Third Arena)

The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Iowa State Cyclones and Cincinnati Bearcats square off Tuesday night at the Fifth Third Arena.

The Iowa State Cyclones look for their first road victory to improve to 10-1 on the year. The Iowa State Cyclones are averaging 84.8 points on 51.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.3 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Georges Niang is averaging 18.7 points and 3.7 assists while Jameel McKay is averaging 15.3 points and 10.6 rebounds. Monte Morris is dishing 7.7 assists and Abdel Nader is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Iowa State Cyclones are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 66.4 percent from the free throw line. Iowa State is allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 14.2 turnovers per game. The Iowa State Cyclones have split their last 10 road games.

Cincinnati vs. Iowa State - 12/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Bearcats look for a statement victory after an impressive 10-2 start. The Cincinnati Bearcats are averaging 78.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 59.4 points on 36.9 percent shooting. Farad Cobb is averaging 12 points and 1.8 rebounds while Troy Caupain is averaging 10.2 points and 4.5 assists. Octavius Ellis is grabbing 7.8 rebounds and Gary Clark is dishing two assists. The Cincinnati Bearcats are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. Cincinnati is allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 13.5 turnovers per game. The Cincinnati Bearcats have won 10 of their last 13 home games.

The Cyclones are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games. The Bearcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big 12 and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. 

We know Cincy is tough to beat at home and is one of the better defensive teams in the country. However, Iowa State has seen it all playing in the Big 12 and is an experienced team that has shown it can win on the road. The Cyclones can also shoot the ball from deep, one of the things the Bearcats defense does allow. Given the value, I like the Cyclones to win outright. 

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