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Iowa vs. Iowa State - 12/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Iowa State Cyclones (7-1) at Iowa Hawkeyes (6-2)
Date & Time Thursday December 6, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -1 -- Over/Under: 155
TV Channel
FS1
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NCAA BB | Iowa State Cyclones (7-1) at Iowa Hawkeyes (6-2)
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The Iowa State Cyclones and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Iowa State Cyclones look for a statement road victory to build on their 7-1 start to the season. The Iowa State Cyclones are averaging 80 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 61.9 points on 37.4 percent shooting. Marial Shayok is averaging 19.4 points and 2.1 assists while Michael Jacobson is averaging 16.8 points and eight rebounds. Talen Horton-Tucker is the third double-digit scorer and Nick Babb is dishing 4.5 assists. The Iowa State Cyclones are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Iowa State Cyclones are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.4 rebounds per game. The Iowa State Cyclones haven’t won a road game since March of 2017.

The Iowa Hawkeyes need a feel good victory here to rebound from two straight losses. The Iowa Hawkeyes are averaging 80.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 74.2 points on 44 percent shooting. Tyler Cook is averaging 15.4 points and 2.6 assists while Luka Garza is averaging 13 points and 4.9 rebounds. Joe Wieskamp is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Bohannon is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Iowa Hawkeyes are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Iowa Hawkeyes are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won four of their last five home games.

The Cyclones are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 road games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Cyclones are 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 19-8-1 in Hawkeyes last 28 overall. The under is 5-0 in Cyclones last 5 overall.

The Iowa State Cyclones may be the more talented team in this game, but the Iowa Hawkeyes are the more trustworthy team and doesn't beat itself. We know we're getting high IQ basketball and solid defense from the Hawkeyes. The Iowa State Cyclones are often hit or miss offensively and when shots aren't falling, they can really take plays off defensively. Iowa State also hasn't won a road game in ages. The home team has also won eight of the last 10 meetings between Iowa and Iowa State. In five home games this season, Iowa is outscoring teams by 9.4 points. In this rivarly that's a toss-up line wise, I'm leaning toward the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Pick:
Iowa Hawkeyes -1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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