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Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iowa State Cyclones (9-4) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Gallagher-Iba Arena)

The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys -7.5 -- Over/Under: 151 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

We have some Big 12 action on the hardwood as the Iowa State Cyclones take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a college basketball matchup. 

The Iowa State Cyclones will be looking for their first conference win of the year after dropping back-to-back Big 12 outings to fall to 0-2 in conference play after a 74-70 loss to Texas in overtime last time out. Donovan Jackson led the team with 24 points on 8 of 19 shooting with 6 threes, while Cameron Lard added 21 points with a game-high 16 rebounds with 3 blocks for the double-double as the lone pair of Cyclones to finish in double figures scoring in the loss. Nick Weiler-Babb teased a triple-double with 9 points in addition to 8 rebounds and a game-high 9 assists in the losing effort, while Lindell Wigginton added 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of steals. Jackson leads the team in scoring with an average of 15.7 points per game, while Weiler-Babb is the team’s leading rebounder and assist man with 7.5 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Iowa State is scoring 75.1 points per game on 44.1% shooting from the field, 34.9% from behind the arc and 72.6% from the foul line this season.

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Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys will also be looking for their first conference win of the year after falling to 0-2 in Big 12 play thanks to a 109-89 loss to Oklahoma in their last outing. Thomas Dziagwa led the team with 19 points on 7 of 13 with 5 threes in just 21 minutes on the floor, while Tavarius Shine came 2nd with 16 points and a pair of blocks. Jeffrey Carroll came 3rd with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double, while Brandon Everette added 13 points with a team-high 3 assists in the losing effort for the Cowboys. Shine leads the team in scoring with an average of 11.6 points per game while Kendall Smith leads the team with 3.7 assists per game and Mitchell Solomon leads the team with 6.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Oklahoma State is scoring 80.1 points per game on 44.7% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the arc and 77% from the foul line this season. 

Iowa State is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 12-2 in their last 14 road games. Oklahoma State is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a loss. Iowa State is 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Oklahoma State.

I know Oklahoma State has one of the tougher home crowds in the country, but I’m surprised that they’re this much of a favorite considering the Cyclones have had their way with the Cowboys when Iowa State comes to town. I’ll take the points here as I think the gap between these two teams isn’t that far apart, and I think the Cyclones have a chance to win this one outright.

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