Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 12/1/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Dakota State Bison (4-1) at Iowa State Cyclones (5-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Hilton Coliseum)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Dakota State Bison will travel to Hilton Coliseum to take on the 4th ranked Iowa State Cyclones this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The North Dakota State Bison won their 3rd consecutive game and improved to 4-1 (0-0 Summit) on the season after defeating the North Carolina A&T Aggies, 77-56, this past Saturday. North Dakota State struggled offensively in the first half putting up just 27 points, however, outscored the Aggies by a 50-28 margin in the 2nd half to secure the victory. North Dakota State shot 46.3% from the field and forced North Carolina A&T to commit 16 turnovers. The Bison held the Aggies to 38.0% shooting from the field and 35.7% (5-14) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for North Dakota State was Paul Miller who had 27 points and 5 rebounds. On the season, the Bison have been led by Paul Miller (19.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.4 spg), A.J. Jacobson (13.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg), and Kory Brown (9.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.3 spg). Offensively, North Dakota State is averaging 74.4 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field and 30.1% shooting from three-point range. The Bison are shooting 72.0% from the FT line and pull down 33.4 rpg. Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing an average of 61.8 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Bison are allowing teams to shoot 34.3% from beyond the arc and are allowing 33.6 rpg.
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The 4th ranked Iowa State Cyclones improved to a perfect 5-0 (0-0 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Illinois Fighting Illini, 84-73, this past Saturday. Iowa State used an 18-4 run midway through the 2nd half to take control of the game and secure the win. Iowa State shot 49.3% from the field however, struggled from beyond the arc shooting just 24.0% (6-25). The Cyclones allowed Illinois to shoot 46.0% from the field and outrebounded the Fighting Illini by a 40-30 margin. Leading the way for Iowa State was Monte Morris who had 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. On the season, the Cyclones have been led by Georges Niang (16.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.0 apg), Monte Morris (14.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 7.0 apg, 2.2 spg), and Jameel McKay (13.8 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.2 bpg). Offensively, Iowa State is averaging 88.0 ppg on 52.3% shooting from the field and 39.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Cyclones are shooting 63.0% form the FT line and pull down 41.8 rpg. Defensively, Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.8 ppg on 39.2% shooting. The Cyclones are allowing teams to shoot 30.6% from beyond the arc and allow opposing teams to pull down 32.4 rpg.
The Bison are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cyclones are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
North Dakota State lost their leading scorer in Lawrence Alexander (18.9 ppg) from last year’s NCAA tournament team, however, the Bison still return the majority of their team and should once again be battling for the Summit League Championship. Iowa State is one of the best teams in the country and they have incredible talent in their starting five led by Niang, Morris, and McKay. North Dakota State has played some solid defense so far this season and although Hilton Coliseum is a tough place the play, the Bison are a talented enough team to keep it within this large number. Take North Dakota State and the points.