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Iowa State vs. Texas Tech - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas Tech at Iowa State
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
Hilton Coliseum
Ames, IA
The Line
Iowa State Cyclones -1.5 -- Over/Under: 138
TV Channel
ESPNEWS
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The 8th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders will travel to Hilton Coliseum to take on the Iowa State Cyclones this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The 8th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders won their 8th straight game and improved to 25-5 (Big 12) on the season after defeating the Texas Longhorns by a 70-51 margin this past Monday. Texas Tech dominated Texas on both ends of the court and had no probably pulling away for the victory after the Red Raiders went into halftime with a 32-23 lead. Texas Tech shot 50.0% from the field while holding Texas to just 29.6% shooting from the field and 22.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Jarrett Culver who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.

On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 72.8 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas Tech has been led by Jarrett Culver (17.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.4 spg), Davide Moretti (11.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Matt Mooney (10.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.7 spg), Tariq Owens (8.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.4 bpg).

Defensively, Texas Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 58.2 ppg on 36.5% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders have a rebound margin of 2.7 and a turnover margin of 3.3.

The Iowa State Cyclones lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 20-10 (9-8 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the West Virginia Mountaineers, 90-75, this past Wednesday. Iowa State had a surprisingly difficult time slowing down the West Virginia offense and couldn’t fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 54-33 margin. Iowa State allowed West Virginia to shoot 47.8% from the field and was outrebounded by the Mountaineers by a 44-34 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Lindell Wigginton who had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 2 steals.

On the season, Iowa State is averaging 77.9 ppg on 47.8% shooting from the field. The Cyclones are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iowa State has been led by Marial Shayok (18.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.0 apg), Lindell Wigginton (13.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.1 apg), Talen Horton-Tucker (12.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.4 spg), and Nick Babb (9.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 68.4 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Cyclones have a rebound margin of 0.6 and a turnover margin of 2.4.

The Red Raiders are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Cyclones are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Texas Tech has won 10 of their last 11 games and have been led by their defense that comes into this game ranked 2nd in scoring defense, 1st in defensive FG%, and 17th in blocks per game.

Iowa State has lost 4 of their last 5 games, however, this is still a very solid team that has had success on both ends of the court as the Cyclones currently rank 58th in scoring offense, 34th in FG%, and 93rd in scoring defense.

Texas Tech has been playing some of their best basketball of the season as of late, however, it’s will be important that the Red Raiders don’t overlook a struggling Iowa State team as Hilton Coliseum is one of the toughest road environments in all of College Basketball. Iowa State handed Texas Tech their only loss at home this season in a 68-64 victory in mid-January and as I think the Cyclones defense will be able to bounce back agianst a Texas Tech offense that can struggle on the road, I’m taking Iowa State to cover this small spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Iowa State Cyclones -1.5

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