Iowa State Cyclones vs. Texas Longhorns Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/18/14
Texas Longhorns (20-5) at Iowa State Cyclones (19-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Hilton Coliseum)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: 19th-ranked Texas eyes first place in the Big 12 when they take the road to meet #17 Iowa State Tuesday.
The Breakdown: The Longhorns improved to 9-3 and remained in second place in the conference after a decisive 88-71 victory over West Virginia Saturday. Texas shot an accurate 57.9 percent from the floor and connected on 4 of 13 from outside the arc to the Mountaineers’ 39.7 percent from the field and 8 of 23 from distance. The Horns also came away with a 41-26 advantage on the boards and converted 18 of 27 from the free throw line. Neither side was able to pull away until the Horns went on a 17-3 run at the midway point of the first half, building a lead that would never be threatened. Sophomore G Javan Felix finished with a team-high 18 points, including 4 of 10 from downtown, sophomore C Cameron Ridley had 17 points and 6 rebounds, and freshman G Isaiah Taylor added 14 points. On the season, Texas is averaging 75.9 ppg on 44.2 percent shooting. Junior F Jonathan Holmes leads the team with 13.0 ppg, followed by Felix at 12.7 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Iowa State sits in 4th place in the conference at 7-5 and comes in off a narrow 70-64 victory over Texas Tech Saturday. The Cyclones shot 51.9 percent from the floor and connected on 5 of 16 from outside the arc to the Red Raiders’ 37.0 percent from the field and 4 of 18 from distance. The Cyclones conceded a 40-30 rebounding edge, but converted 20 of 24 from the free throw line. Senior G DeAndre Kane had 17 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds, sophomore F Georges Niang scored 17 points, and senior F Melvin Ejiim added 17 points and 6 boards. Through 24 games, Iowa State ranks 5th nationally with 84.1 ppg on 47.2 percent shooting. Ejiim leads the team with 18.9 ppg, followed by Niang at 16.3 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -6 for Iowa State. Texas scored a 10-point home victory when these two faced off a month ago, which seemed to springboard the Horns to four consecutive wins, with three of those being over ranked teams. Iowa State has gone 5-2 since and also won three over ranked teams. The Cyclones seem to be the more tenuous side, though, so look at least for a closer game than the spread.