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Iowa State vs. Oklahoma - 2/25/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oklahoma at Iowa State
Date & Time Monday February 25, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Hilton Coliseum
Ames, IA
The Line
Iowa State Cyclones -9.5 -- Over/Under: 143
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The Oklahoma Sooners will travel to Hilton Coliseum to take on the 19th ranked Iowa State Cyclones this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Oklahoma Sooners won their 2nd straight game and improved to 17-10 (5-9 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Texas Longhorns, 69-67, this past Saturday. Oklahoma was solid on the defensive end agianst the Longhorns and was able to hold on late after taking a 50-33 lead with 16:21 left in regulation. Oklahoma shot 48.3% from the field while holding Texas to just 41.0% from the field and 32.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Sooners was Christian James who had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.

On the season, Oklahoma is averaging 71.1 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Sooners are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 33.7% from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oklahoma has been led by Christian James (15.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Brady Manek (11.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg), Kristian Doolittle (10.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Miles Reynolds (7.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.3 apg).

Defensively, Oklahoma is holding their opponents to an average of 67.3 ppg on 39.7% shooting from the field. The Sooners have a rebound margin of 1.8 and a turnover margin of 0.0.

The 19th ranked Iowa State Cyclones lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 19-8 (8-6 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the TCU Horned Frogs, 75-72, this past Saturday. Iowa State struggled from beyond the arc agianst the Horned Frogs and couldn’t fight all the way back after TCU took a 67-62 lead with 5:12 left in regulation. Iowa State shot just 10.0% from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by TCU by a 42-37 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Michael Jacobson who had 17 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.

On the season, Iowa State is averaging 78.3 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Cyclones are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 35.9% from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iowa State has been led by Marial Shayok (18.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 spg), Lindell Wigginton (13.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.2 apg), Talen Horton-Tucker (12.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.4 spg), and Nick Babb (9.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.2 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Cyclones have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of 2.7.

The Sooners are 8-1-3 ATS in their last 12 road games and 17-7-3 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Cyclones are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss, however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

Oklahoma has lost 6 of their last 10 games and although the Sooners have a solid defense as they rank 71st in scoring defense & 20th in defensive FG%, Oklahoma has struggled offensively as they come into this match-up ranked just T-227th in scoring offense.

Iowa State has won 5 of their last 8 games and has been solid on both ends of the court as they currently rank 54th in scoring offense, 28th in FG%, and 67th in scoring defense.

Oklahoma has picked up some nice wins as of late, however, it was a bit concerning how they closed out their recent victory agianst a Texas team that was missing their top-scorer. Iowa State had a rough week last week, however, this is still a very talented team who is tough to beat on their home court. Iowa State needs a win in the worst way and as I think this line is a little lower than it should be, I think the Cyclones get back on track in this one and do enough to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Iowa State Cyclones -9.5

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