Iowa State Cyclones vs. Kansas State Wildcats - 1/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas State Wildcats (11-7) at Iowa State Cyclones (13-3)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Hilton Coliseum)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Kansas State Wildcats will travel to Hilton Coliseum to take on the Iowa State Cyclones this Tuesday night.
The Kansas State Wildcats won their 4th straight game and improved to 11-7 (4-1 Big 12) on the season after defeating the 22nd ranked Baylor Bears this past Saturday. Kansas State shot 50.0% from the field and erased a 9 point halftime deficit in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Nino Williams who had 18 points and 7 rebounds. Kansas State is ranked 82nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 70th ranked SOS. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Marcus Foster (13.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.0 apg) and Thomas Gipson (11.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg). Offensively, Kansas State is averaging 65.6 ppg (ranked 227th) on 45.6% shooting (ranked 75th). The Wildcats are shooting 36.5% from beyond the arc (ranked 90th) and average 13.8 apg (ranked 109th). Defensively, Kansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 62.4 ppg (ranked 87th) on 44.1% shooting (ranked 249th). The Wildcats are grabbing 21.22 defensive rpg (ranked 319th) and 31.61 total rpg (ranked 301st).
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The 9th ranked Iowa State Cyclones improved to 13-3 (3-1 Big 12) after defeating the previously 9th ranked Kansas Jayhawks 86-81 this past Saturday. Iowa State shot 50.8% from the field and 45.0% (9-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Naz Long who had 20 points and 5 rebounds. Iowa State is ranked 16th in the RPI Standings and has played the 57th ranked SOS. On the season, the Cyclones have been led by Georges Niang (14.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Naz Long (13.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, Iowa State is averaging 80.3 ppg (ranked 15th) on 49.0% shooting (ranked 15th). The Cyclones average 18.6 apg (ranked 1st) and average 8.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 36th). Iowa State is allowing their opponents to average 66.9 ppg (ranked 190th) on 40.9% shooting (ranked 107th). The Cyclones are grabbing 27.06 defensive rpg (ranked 23rd) and 36.25 total rpg (ranked 112th).
The Wildcats are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Tuesday games. The Cyclones are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. the Big 12 and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win.
Kansas State pulled off an incredible come from behind win against Baylor and have been very competitive in a difficult Big 12 so far this year. Iowa State got a great victory against Kansas and has arguably one of the best starting line-ups in college basketball led by Georges Niang. For Kansas State to have a chance in this game, they will have to find a way to slow a very potent Iowa State offensive. Kansas State will try to slow down the game, however, I think Iowa State at home will have its offensive flowing and will pull away in the second half to cover the spread. Take Iowa State to cover.