Texas vs. Iowa State - 3/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa State Cyclones (13-17) at Texas Longhorns (18-13)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Sprint Center)
The Line: Texas Longhorns -6.5 -- Over/Under: 137 See the Latest Odds
The Iowa State Cyclones and Texas Longhorns meet Wednesday in the college basketball Big 12 Tournament at the Sprint Center.
The Iowa State Cyclones enter this tournament on a rough six-game losing streak. The Iowa State Cyclones are averaging 73.1 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 75.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Lindell Wigginton is averaging 16.6 points and 2.9 assists while Donovan Jackson is averaging 15.3 points and 2.1 rebounds. Nick Babb is the third double-digit scorer and Cameron Lard is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The Iowa State Cyclones are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The Iowa State Cyclones are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Iowa State Cyclones have won 10 of their last 12 neutral site games.
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The Texas Longhorns enter this tournament after splitting their last six games. The Texas Longhorns are averaging 71.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 68.2 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Dylan Osetkowski is averaging 13.7 points and 7.2 rebounds while Mohamed Bamba is averaging 13 points and 10.6 rebounds. Kerwin Roach II is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Coleman is dishing 4.2 assists. The Texas Longhorns are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 66.6 percent from the free throw line. The Texas Longhorns are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.5 rebounds per game. The Texas Longhorns have lost three of their last four neutral site games.
The Cyclones are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Longhorns are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 neutral site games. The Cyclones are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the over is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings. The under is 14-6 in Longhorns last 20 neutral site games and the over is 34-16-1 in Cyclones last 51 overall.
The Iowa State Cyclones come into this game being outscored by nearly 13 points in their last five games, nearly 15 points in non-home games and lost to the Texas Longhorns by 16 points in the last meeting. Iowa State simply isn't a good basketball team and is probably playing its worst ball of the season right now. The Texas Longhorns have been so up and down, but they're fresh off a big win over West Virginia, have a proven coach who thrives in tournament play, and they can strengthen their big dance resume with a couple of wins here. I'll eat the chalk.