Iowa State vs. Indiana State - 11/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana State Sycamores (2-1) at Iowa State Cyclones (3-0)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Indiana State Sycamores and 21st ranked Iowa State Cyclones will face off at HP Field House in the Advocare Invitational this Thursday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Indiana State Sycamores won their 2nd straight game and improved to 2-1 on the season after defeating the D-II Missouri-St. Louis Riverman, 96-55, this past Saturday. Indiana State jumped all over Missouri-St. Louis early in this one and didn’t have any trouble securing the win after taking a 50-22 halftime lead. The Sycamores were outstanding from the field in the victory as they shot 59.6% from the field and 68.2% (15-22) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Indiana State was Brenton Scott who had 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, Indiana State is averaging 84.7 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Sycamores are averaging 10.3 three-pointers per game on 39.2% shooting from beyond the arc. On the season, Indiana State has been led by Brenton Scott (22.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 3.0 spg), Matt Van Scyoc (14.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg), Jordan Barnes (9.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Everett Clemons (6.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 6.3 apg). Defensively, Indiana State is allowing their opponents to average 69.7 ppg on 38.6% shooting from the field. The Sycamores have done nice job forcing turnover as they are averaging 8.3 spg however, Indiana State has struggled on the boards as they currently have a rebound margin of -2.3.
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The 21st ranked Iowa State Cyclones improved to 3-0 on the season after they defeated The Citadel Bulldogs, 130-63, this past Sunday. This contest seemed over before it even started as Iowa State took an early 18-3 point and never looked back en route to an incredible 130 points scored. Iowa State shot 60.5% from the field and outrebounded the Bulldogs by a 63-33 margin. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Monte Morris who had a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Iowa State is averaging 105.3 ppg on 54.2% shooting from the field. The Cyclones are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Iowa State has been led by Monte Morris (18.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 8.0 apg, 2.0 spg), Nazareth Mitrou-Long (17.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 4.7 apg), Matt Thomas (15.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Darrell Bowie (9.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.0 apg). Iowa State comes into this contest with a 22.7 rebound margin which is currently the best in all of College Basketball.
The Sycamores are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Cyclones are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. MVC opponents.
Iowa State has been one of the best offensive teams in the country over their first three games however, their numbers are highly inflated as they haven’t played much in terms of competition in their first three games. Indiana State is a decent defensive team that has a go to offensive player in Brenton Scott and although the Iowa State is the better team in this one, I think the line is a little inflated from their torrid start. I’m banking on the Sycamores to be able to slow down the Iowa State offense enough to cover with points. Take Indiana State and the points.