Iowa State Cyclones vs. The Citadel Bulldogs - 11/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
The Citadel Bulldogs (3-1) at Iowa State Cyclones (2-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Hilton Coliseum)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -29 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Over at James H. Hilton Coliseum in Ames on Sunday, we’ve got an interesting college basketball matchup coming between the Citadel Bulldogs and the Iowa State Cyclones.
Citadel comes into this game with a 3-1 record on the young season. The Bulldogs dropped their opener 81-68 to Charleston, but rattled off three wins 146-84 against Johnstown Univ., 119-90 against Truest-Truett-McConnell and 116-112 against Stetson on Friday. In that one, Citadel got a career-high 26 points off the bench from freshman Kaelon Harris to help wrap up the win.
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On the season so far, Zane Najdawi and Quayson Williams lead the way in scoring for Citadel with Najdawi holding 17.8 PPG and 10.3 RPG and Williams at 15.8 PPG. Four other Bulldogs are averaging in double figures as well: Brian White (13.5 PPG), Harris (12.3 PPG), Frankie Johnson (12.0 PPG) and Matt Frierson (10.5 PPG).
Over on the Iowa State side, they’re sitting on a 2-0 record so far with wins over Savannah State 113-71 and Mount St. Mary’s 73-55. In that one, Monte Morris bagged 18 points while Matt Thomas managed 13 of his own in the Cyclones win.
Through two games, Morris and Thomas are both averaging in double figures for Iowa State; Morris has 19.5 PPG with 7.0 APG, and Thomas is sitting on 13.5 PPG with 5.5 RPG. Nazareth Mitrou-Long holds 13.0 PPG with 8.0 RPG on the season.
The Citadel is 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games, and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall. Citadel is also 1-4 ATS in their last five games versus a team with a winning straight-up record, and 1-5 ATS in their last six games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600.
Meanwhile, Iowa State is 5-0 ATS in their last five Sunday games, and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Iowa State is also 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following a straight-up win, and 5-1 ATS in their last six games versus a team with a winning straight-up record.
Iowa State hasn’t faced much competition thus far in the year, so it’s hard to gauge exactly where they’re at in the college basketball pantheon this year. Citadel, meanwhile, has displayed some nice balance and depth in their contributions across the board. I think the Bulldogs can cover here and actually give Iowa State a challenge.