Iowa State Cyclones vs. Oklahoma Sooners Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/1/14
Oklahoma Sooners (17-4) at Iowa State Cyclones (15-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Hilton Coliseum)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: The 23rd-ranked Oklahoma Sooners look to keep soaring with their fifth straight victory when they take the road to square off with the #16 Iowa State Cyclones Saturday.
The Breakdown: The Sooners improved to 6-2 in the Big 12 with their 88-76 upset of #8 Oklahoma State Monday. OU shot 46.3 percent from the floor and hit 8 of 17 from distance, while holding the Cowboys to 40.0 percent from the field and 9 of 24 from three-point range. The Sooners finished with a 42-37 advantage on the boards and connected on 30 of 42 from the free throw line. Freshman G Jordan Woodard had a team-high 18 points, including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc, sophomore F Ryan Spangler scored 15 points and dominated the boards with 17 rebounds, and senior F Tyler Neal added 15 points. On the season, Oklahoma ranks 9th nationally with 84.0 ppg on 45.5 percent shooting. Senior F Cameron Clark leads the team in scoring with 16.5 ppg, followed by sophomore G Buddy Hield at 16.4 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Iowa State dropped to 3-4 for 7th place in the conference after its 92-81 loss to #6 Kansas Wednesday. The Cyclones hit 30 of 62 from the floor and 10 of 26 from distance, but allowed the Jayhawks to shoot an accurate 51.6 percent from the field and 10 of 22 from outside the arc. Iowa State also conceded a 38-28 rebounding advantage. Sophomore F Georges Niang scored a team-high 24 points and dished out 5 assists, senior G DeAndre Kane had 22 points, and senior F Melvin Ejim added 18 points and 8 boards. Through 19 games, the Cyclones rank 6th nationally with 84.6 ppg and 33rd at 47.7 percent shooting. Ejim leads te team with 17.9 ppg, followed by Kane at 16.6 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -9 for Iowa State and that’s a lot to give up to an Oklahoma team that seems to have a knack for surprise this season. The Sooners are just getting it done against teams that have bigger and better athletes. Look for a closer game than the line.
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