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Texas vs. Iowa State - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Iowa State at Texas
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
Frank Erwin Special Events Center
Austin, TX
The Line
Iowa State Cyclones -1 -- O/U: 139.5
TV Channel
ESPN2
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NCAA BB | Iowa State at Texas
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The Iowa State Cyclones and the Texas Longhorns meet in Big 12 college basketball action from the Frank Erwin Special Events Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Iowa State Cyclones will look for some consistent play after splitting their last 6 games following a 78-61 win over Oklahoma in their last outing. Marial Shayok led the Cyclones with 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting with 6 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists while Talen Horton-Tucker added 18 points with 5 assists and a pair of steals as the only other Iowa State player to score in double figures in the winning effort. Tyrese Haliburton had 8 points with 3 steals and Michael Jacobson had 8 points with 3 blocks while Nick Weiler-Babb added 7 points with 8 rebounds. Shayok leads Iowa State in scoring with 18.6 points per game while Jacobson leads the Cyclones in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game and Weiler-Babb leads Iowa State in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Iowa State is averaging 78.3 points per game on 48% shooting from the field, 36.3% from behind the arc and 73.6% from the foul line this season.

The Texas Longhorns will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after an 84-83 overtime loss to Baylor in their last outing. Jase Febres led the Longhorns with 23 points on 8 of 15 shooting with 7 threes while Courtney Ramey added 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 3 triples and a team-high 10 assists for the double-double. Kamaka Hepa and Matt Coleman III each had 11 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Texas in the loss, while Jaxson Hayes had 9 points with 3 blocks. Kerwin Roach II remains suspended for violating team rules, and it’s a big loss considering he leads Texas in scoring with 14.4 points per game while Dylan Osetkowski (who also missed the Baylor game due to an illness) leads the Longhorns in rebounding with 7.7 rebounds per game this season. Coleman III leads Texas in assists with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Texas is averaging 71.9 points per game on 43.9% shooting from the field, 33.8% from behind the arc and 70.4% from the foul line this season.

Iowa State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win. Texas is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games following a loss. Iowa State is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Texas.

I really was tempted to take the free point with Texas at home given how well the Longhorns have performed ATS as of late, but the loss of Roach II and the unknown status of Dylan Osetkowski is too much for me to go against Iowa State here. The Cyclones have been solid on the road too, winning 3 of their last 4 road games, picking up wins over Kansas State, Oklahoma and Ole Miss over that span in addition to a 3-point loss to TCU last time on the road. I just think that the Cyclones are the more balanced team here, so I’ll lay the point with Iowa State on the road in this one.

Pick:
Iowa State -1

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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