Texas Longhorns vs. Iowa State Cyclones - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa State Cyclones (19-6) at Texas Longhorns (17-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Frank Erwin Center)
The Line: Texas Longhorns -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Iowa State Cyclones will travel to the Frank Erwin Center to take on the Texas Longhorns this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The 14th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones improved to 19-6 (9-4 Big 12) on the season after defeating the 22nd-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys, 70-65, this past Wednesday. Iowa State shot 39.3% from the field and 30.0% (6-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Jameel McKay who had 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Iowa State is ranked 11th in the RPI Standings and has played the 14th ranked SOS. On the season, the Cyclones have been led by Georges Niang (14.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.4 apg) and Bryce Dejean-Jones (12.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.5 apg). Iowa State is averaging 79.6 ppg (ranked 11th) on 48.7% shooting (ranked 13th). The Cyclones average 7.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 51st) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.49 (ranked 7th). Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 68.6 (ranked 242nd) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 129th). The Cyclones pull down 36.68 total rpg (ranked 71st) and have a rebound margin of 2.8 (ranked 94th).
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The Texas Longhorns dropped to 17-9 (6-7 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the 17th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 71-69, this past Tuesday. Texas shot 43.6% from the field and 34.8% (8-23) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Longhorns was Myles Turner who had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 blocks. Texas is ranked 32nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 22nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Longhorns have been led by Isaiah Taylor (12.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.2 apg) and Myles Turner (11.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.8 bpg). Texas is averaging 68.5 ppg (ranked 149th) on 44.0% shooting (ranked 141st). The Longhorns are shooting 72.3% from the free-throw line (ranked 59th) however, commit and average of 13.2 turnovers per game (ranked 227th). Texas is holding their opponents to an average of 59.2 ppg (ranked 19th) on 36.0% shooting (ranked 4th). The Longhorns are pulling down 40.69 total rpg (ranked 4th) and have a rebound margin of 9.7 (ranked 3rd).
The Cyclones are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games. The Longhorns are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games.
Iowa State picked up a big road win to help keep themselves just 1 game back from Kansas in the Big 12 Standings. Texas had their 3 game winning streak snapped but had to be happy with the fight they put against a very good Oklahoma team on their court. This should be a close game but I have to lean to Iowa State in this one after they showed they can go into a hostile environment a pull out a victory against a top-25 team. I think Iowa State will dominate in the turnover battle and shoot well enough from beyond the arc to pull their second straight road victory in the Big 12. Take Iowa State and the points.