Texas A&M vs. Iowa State - 1/30/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa State Cyclones (16-4) at Texas A&M Aggies (17-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Reed Arena)
The Line: Texas A&M Aggies -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The 14th ranked Iowa State Cyclones will travel to Reed Arena to take on the 5th ranked Texas A&M Aggies this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The 14th ranked Iowa State Cyclones won their 3rd straight game and improved to 16-4 (5-3 Big 12) on the season after a big win over the 4th ranked Kansas Jayhawks, 85-72, this past Monday. Iowa State used a huge 2nd half in which they outscored Kansas by a 49-29 margin to overcome a 7-point half deficit and get the win. Iowa State shot 51.6% from the field and 42.9% (9-21) from beyond the arc. The Cyclones allowed the Jayhawks to shoot 50.0% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 16-8 margin. Leading the way for Iowa State was Monte Morris who had 21 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, the Cyclones have been led by Georges Niang (19.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.2 apg), Monte Morris (15.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 7.0 apg, 2.1 spg), and Jameel McKay (12.9 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.7 bpg). Offensively, Iowa State is averaging 84.4 ppg on 50.3% shooting from the field and 36.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Cyclones average 8.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.51. Defensively, Iowa State is allowing their opponents to average 73.6 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Cyclones average 4.2 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of 2.4.
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The 5th ranked Texas A&M Aggies had their 10-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 17-3 (7-1 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the Arkansas Razorbacks, 74-71, this past Wednesday. Texas A&M was able to rally back from a 40-33 halftime deficit but get the game tying three-pointer in the closing seconds to force the game to OT. Texas A&M struggled offensively as they shot just 39.6% from the field and committed 21 turnovers in the loss. The Aggies allowed the Razorbacks to shoot 42.4% from the field and outrebounded Arkansas by a 42-28 margin. Leading the way for Texas A&M was Danuel House who had 24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and an assist. On the season, the Aggies have been led by Jalen Jones (17.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Danuel House (15.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.7 apg), and Tyler Davis (11.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg). Offensively, Texas A&M is averaging 78.0 ppg on 46.1% from the field and 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Aggies average 8.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.48. Defensively, Texas A&M is holding their opponents to an average of 64.3 ppg on 39.6% shooting. The Aggies average 7.8 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 3.4.
The Cyclones are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. The Aggies are 3-1-2 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 8-3-2 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS loss.
Iowa State has had a big couple weeks as the Cyclones were able to defeat Big-12 heavyweights in Oklahoma and Kansas. Texas A&M their winning streak snapped largely due to the fact they couldn’t protect the ball, however, the Aggies still have been one of the most well-rounded teams in College Basketball this season. Iowa State has one the best starting fives in the country and although they don’t have much depth, I think the Cyclones will be able to score on the Aggies in this one and win this game outright if they can stay out of foul trouble. Take Iowa State on the money line in this one.