Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Iowa State Cyclones - 2/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa State Cyclones (18-6) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (17-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Gallagher-Iba Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The #22 Oklahoma State Cowboys welcome the #14 Iowa State Cyclones to the Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The fast paced #14 Iowa State Cyclones have first in the Big 12 and a top ten ranking within grasp and both a realistic goals if the points keep coming in. The Cyclones average 80 points which is number ten in the country and this unit led the way in Saturday's 79-59 rout of visiting West Virginia as a seven point favorite. A 43-27 run over the final 20 minutes broke open a competitive contest where the Mountaineers hitting at 38% with 19 giveaways. The Cyclones didn't miss much on almost 57% while owning a 21-6 advantage at the stripe. Monte Morris poured in a game high 19 points and posted five assists while Abdel Nader added 16 points and seven boards. Jameel McKay scored 12 points and snared eight boards followed by an eleven point, six pull effort from Georges Niang.
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The #22 Oklahoma State Cowboys need a strong finish to the regular season and get a little help to crack the top four in the conference. The Cowboys have plenty of scoring punch but are at their best at the defensive end where only 60 points are allowed. Both ends of the floor contributed to a three game winning streak that came to an end in Saturday's 70-55 defeat at Texas Christian with a 44-27 second half scoring spree bt the Horned Frogs securing the win. OSU sank shots at 45% but were hurt by a 3-16 effort on threes and 16 turnovers while TCU burned the nets at 52% with an 18-8 edge at the charity stripe keeping the Cowboys at bay. Le'Bryan Nash paced Oklahoma State with a game high 19 points with Jeff Newberry and Michael Cobbins contributing ten and eight points.
The Cyclones are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win while going 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. The Cowboys are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. Oklahoma State are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Iowa State has had some issues on the road so I'll take a shot with the strong home team...