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Iowa State Cyclones vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - 12/1/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Bearcats (5-1) at Iowa State Cyclones (5-1)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Hilton Coliseum)

The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -5 - Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The marquee matchup on Thursday pits the Cincinnati Bearcats against the #21 Iowa State Cyclones.

The Cincinnati Bearcats look to add a statement win to their current 3-game win streak. The Bearcats most recent outing resulted in a 91-68 victory over Lipscomb with Jarron Cumberland leading Cincinnati by putting up 17 points. Leading scorer Jacob Evans made 5 of 8 for 14 points while Kyle Washington and Kevin Johnson put up 15 and 13 points respectively. Tre Scott flirted with a double-double, but fell just shy after racking up 9 points to go with his 9 rebounds in the win. Jacob Evans leads Cincinnati with 18.2 points per game, Kyle Washington is pulling down a team-high 8.7 boards and Troy Caupain is Cincinnati’s leading assist man with 4.7 helpers per game. As a team, Cincinnati is scoring 76.8 points per game on 48.7% from the field, 31.9% from beyond the arc and just 65.6% from the foul line.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - 12/1/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Iowa State Cyclones look to get back on track after their first loss of the season, a 73-71 defeat at the hands of the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the championship game of the Advocare Invitational. ISU’s leading scorer Monte Morris put up 14 points on 6 of 16 from the floor to go along with a game-high 9 assists. However it was Deonte Burton who stole the show for the Cyclones, connecting on 13 of 24 including 3 threes for 29 points and 12 rebounds for his 2nd double-double of the season. Naz Mitrou-Long racked up 16 points of his own to go along with 9 rebounds. Monte Morris is scoring 16 points and dishing out 6.5 assist per game to lead Iowa State while Deonte Burton is the team’s leading rebound-getter, pulling down 8.5 per game. As a team, Iowa State is averaging 88.8 points per game, the 13th-best average in the country, on 47.5% from the floor, 33.3% from beyond the arc and just 63.5% from the foul line.

Cincinnati is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. the Big 12 and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 78-35-1 in their last 114 games overall. Iowa State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 home games against a team with a winning road record.

Cincinnati hasn’t really sold me on their 5-1 start and the only other time they faced a ranked team this season was against Rhode Island at a netural site and the Bearcats still lost. Iowa State is one of the hardest places to go on the road and win in the country and is a better overall team than the Rams and I think the Bearcats will be in over their heads right from the opening tip.

Lay the points with Iowa State as they move to 4-0 at home.

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