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

Game
Texas at Iowa State
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
Hilton Coliseum
Ames, IA
The Line
Iowa State Cyclones -7.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5
TV Channel
ESPN 2
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The Texas Longhorns will travel to Hilton Coliseum to take on the 20th ranked Iowa State Cyclones this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Texas Longhorns snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 12-9 (4-4 Big 12) on the season after defeating the 11th ranked Kansas Jayhawks, 73-63, this past Tuesday. Texas was solid on the defensive end against the Jayhawks and was able to hold on to the lead late after taking a 58-47 lead with 3:37 left in regulation. Texas held Kansas to 43.1% shooting from the field and 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Longhorns was Dylan Osetkowski who had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Texas is averaging 72.0 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Longhorns are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 33.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas has been led by Kerwin Roach II (14.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.3 spg), Jaxson Hayes (10.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.6 bpg), Dylan Osetkowski (10.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.5 spg), and Matt Coleman III (9.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.3 apg).

Defensively, Texas is holding their opponents to an average of 66.7 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Longhorns have a rebound margin of 0.2 and a turnover margin of 2.2.

The 20th ranked Iowa State Cyclones won their 2nd straight game and improved to 16-5 (5-3 Big 12) on the season after defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers, 93-68, this past Wednesday. Iowa State had no trouble taking care of business on both ends of the court and easily cruised to victory in the 2nd half after taking a 45-28 lead. Iowa State shot 54.5% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 19-12 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Lindell Wigginton who had 28 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.

On the season, Iowa State is averaging 79.6 ppg on 48.6% shooting from the field. The Cyclones are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iowa State has been led by Marial Shayok (19.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 spg), Lindell Wigginton (13.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.5 apg), Talen Horton-Tucker (12.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.2 spg), and Michael Jacobson (12.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg).

Defensively, Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Cyclones have a rebound margin of 1.4 and a turnover margin of 3.2.

The Longhorns are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. Big-12 opponents and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games. The Cyclones are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 game following a straight up win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Texas picked up a much-needed win over Kansas, however, the Longhorns come into this match-up losing 5 of their last 7 games. Texas has a solid defense that ranks 62nd in scoring defense, however, their offense has struggled a bit as they rank just 212th in scoring defense and 242nd in defensive FG%. Iowa State has won 4 of their last 5 games and has been solid on both sides of the court as they rank 45th scoring offense & 36th in scoring defense.

Texas picked up a huge victor over Kansas earlier this week, however, this is a Longhorns team that has really struggled on the road as of late which included a 98-88 loss at George last weekend. Iowa State has looked outstanding in their last two games, especially as Lindell Wigginton is starting to look like the player we saw last season, and as Hilton Coliseum is one of the toughest road environments in all of College Basketball, I think Iowa State will do enough in this one to cover this mid-range spread.

Pick:
Iowa State Cyclones -7.5

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