College Basketball Picks: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Iowa State Cyclones
Kansas State Wildcats vs. Iowa State Cyclones
Saturday, 1/25/12, 1:45 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Iowa State -8.5
Current Betting Line: Iowa State -9.5
Opening Total: N/A
Current Total: N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Kansas State will look to bounce back from a 67-64 defeat to the Texas Longhorns as 5.5-point road underdogs last time out, while going UNDER the betting total of 135. The Wildcats boast four wins over Top 25 RPI teams this season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page. The program leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks 15th nationally in allowing just 60.3 points per game. Kansas State is 10-2 ATS versus teams with a winning record during the 2013-14 campaign.
The Wildcats have three probable starters averaging in double figures, with freshman guard Marcus Foster leading the way at 13.7 points a contest. Kansas State holds a 50-46 lead in the series in games played in Ames, but have dropped two straight at Hilton Coliseum, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks. Under the direction of head coach Bruce Weber, the squad is 7-5 SU on the road in conference play.
Iowa State hopes to end a three-game losing streak, which includes a 86-76 setback to the Texas Longhorns as 1.5-point road favorites a week ago, while going OVER the betting total of 157. The Cyclones are one of just six schools nationally with three players averaging at least 15 points per game, with senior forward Melvin Ejim leading the way at 17.7 points a contest. The program turned the ball over a season-high 18 times in Austin, while it was out-rebounded by a 25-18 margin in the final 20 minutes. Iowa State is 7-0 SU and 5-2 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Cyclones have tallied 310 assists and just 174 turnovers through 17 games this season, as they lead the Big 12 and rank second nationally with a assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.78. Iowa State has won seven of its last nine home games versus ranked opponents, while it has gone 36-4 SU overall at this venue in the last three seasons.
Sports bettors will likely back the Cyclones due to the home team being 9-3-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings in this series.
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