North Dakota State Bison (2-6) at Iowa State Cyclones (6-1)
College Basketball: Monday, December 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Hilton Coliseum)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -20 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The North Dakota State Bison will travel to Hilton Coliseum to take on the Iowa State Cyclones this Monday night in College Basketball action.
The North Dakota State Bison lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 2-6 on the season after being defeated by the Drake Bulldogs, 95-88, this past Saturday. North Dakota State had no answers on the defensive end against the Bulldogs and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by double-digits midway through the 2nd half. North Dakota State shot 47.1% from the field however, allowed Drake to shoot 56.1% from the field and 52.2% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bison was Vinnie Shahid who had 29 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal.
On the season, North Dakota State is averaging 70.1 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 33.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota State has been led by Vinnie Shahid (11.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.8 apg), Deng Geu (10.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.4 bpg), Tyson Ward (9.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg), and Rocky Kreuser (9.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg).
Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 76.7 ppg on 50.5% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of -7.7 and a turnover margin of 1.3.
The Iowa State Cyclones won their 3rd straight game and improved to 6-1 on the season after defeating the Omaha Mavericks, 82-55, this past Monday night. Iowa State had this game in control from the tip-off as they stormed out to an early 11-0 lead and held a 67-47 lead midway through the 2nd half. Iowa State shot 46.2% from the field while outrebounding Omaha by a 46-33 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Marial Shayok who had 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Iowa State is averaging 79.9 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Cyclones are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iowa State has been led by Marial Shayok (19.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.0 apg), Michael Jacobson (17.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 apg), Talen Horton-Tucker (14.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.3 spg), and Nick Babb (9.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 62.3 ppg on 37.6% shooting from the field. The Cyclones have a rebound margin of 8.4 and a turnover margin of 3.4.
The Bison are 19-39-1 ATS in their last 59 games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Cyclones are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Summit League opponents and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
We’ve been going agianst North Dakota State all season and it’s been paying off as the Bison have really struggled in all aspects of the game as they come into this matchup ranked just T-278th in scoring offense, 340th in rebound margin, and 345th in defensive FG%. Iowa State is a solid team on both ends of the court and as I think their defense is going to give the Bison a bunch of trouble at Hilton Coliseum, I’m taking the Cyclones to cover this large spread.