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Iowa State vs. Iowa - 12/7/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iowa Hawkeyes (4-5) at Iowa State Cyclones (5-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Hilton Coliseum)

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

TV: ESPN2

We have an in-state rivalry game on the hardwood, as the Iowa Hawkeyes take on the Iowa State Cyclones in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series on Thursday night.

The Iowa Hawkeyes will look for a win to rebound after losses in 3 straight and 5 of their last 6 games following a 77-64 loss to Indiana last time out. Brady Ellingson led the team with 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 4 assists, while Jack Nunge added 12 points and a team-high 6 rebounds as the only pair of Hawkeyes to finish in double figures scoring in the loss. Nicholas Baer added 3 blocks, while Jordan Bohannon and Maishe Dailey each chipped in 4 assists. Tyler Cook added 9 points and 5 rebounds, but still leads the Hawkeyes with an average of 14.6 points and 7 rebounds per game while Bohannon leads the team in assists with 4.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Iowa is scoring 78 points per game on 47% shooting from the field, 40% from behind the 3-point line and 65.5% from the charity stripe this season.

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 12/7/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Iowa State Cyclones will look to keep the ball rolling after winning 5 straight, including a 94-80 victory over Northern Illinois in their last outing. Lindell Wigginton led the team with 28 points on 9 of 15 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 7 rebounds to go along with 4 assists, 3 steals and a pair of blocks. Donovan Jackson came 2nd with 24 points on 9 of 17 shooting with 6 triples, while Cameron Lard added 14 points and 4 blocks. Nick Weiler-Babb chipped in 12 points and a game-high 11 assists for the double-double, rounding out the double digit scoring for the Cyclones with 2 more assists than the entire Northern Illinois team combined. Solomon Young added 3 blocks and a pair of steals, while Terrence Lewis chipped in 9 points and a pair of blocks of his own. Jackson leads the team in scoring with an average of 17 points per game while Weiler-Babb leads the team with an average of 7.4 assists and 7.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Iowa State is scoring 76.9 points per game on 45.5% shooting from the field, 37.7% from downtown and 71.2% from the foul line this season.

The Hawkeyes are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 6-15 ATS in their last 21 road games while the over is 9-1 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. The Cyclones are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against the Big Ten while the over is 13-3 following a win. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

The Hawkeyes and the underdog have had the bulk of the success here but I don’t think that happens here. The Hawkeyes are struggling big time right now, while the Cyclones are finding their groove. Hard to see Iowa keeping up with Iowa State offensively, so I’ll lay the points with the Cyclones here.

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