College Basketball Picks: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Iowa State Cyclones
No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats at Iowa State Cyclones
Saturday, 1/26/12, 1:45 PM EST, TV: ESPN3
Opening Point Spread: Iowa State -3.5
Current Betting Line: Iowa State -3
Opening Total: N/A
Current Total: N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Kansas State returns to the road on Saturday afternoon in traveling to Ames, Iowa, as it attempts to bounce back from a disappointing 59-55 setback to the Kansas Jayhawks as 3.5-point home underdogs, while going UNDER the total for the first time in four opportunities. The Wildcats have won their last six games away from Manhattan, which includes their last five in Big 12 Conference play dating back to last season. Kansas State is 1-5-1 ATS in its last seven road games, which is something to consider when making your college basketball game picks Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats were swept in last year’s season series for the first time since 2004, including a 72-70 defeat as one-point road underdogs on this floor a year ago, while going OVER the posted total of 139. Kansas State has been one of the best first-half defensive teams in the country, as it has held its 18 opponents to just 25 points on 37.9 percent shooting, including 27.2 percent from the 3-point area.
Iowa State has won its last two games versus ranked opponents in Hilton Coliseum, while it looks to extend its home-court winning streak to 18 games. The Cyclones have also come out on top in their last nine conference games when playing in front of their home fans, which is tied for the third-best mark in that situation in school history. Offensively, the team is leading the Big 12 and ranks 12th nationally in scoring 78.9 points per game, while being one of eight teams to have five players averaging in double figures in scoring. Iowa State is 22-8 ATS in its last 30 Saturday games, which is important to note when looking over the NCAA basketball lines.
The Cyclones are 12-0 on the season when outshooting their opponent, which could certainly happen in this spot due to averaging 9.0 3-point makes per game. Iowa State has four probable starters averaging 10 or more points, with senior guard Will Clyburn leading the way, scoring 13.9 points per game. The team’s 51 points last time out was the lowest in the Fred Hoiberg era, as it knocked down just 6-of-23 shots from beyond the arc.
Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the UNDER is 5-2 in the Cyclones last seven home games versus a team with a winning road record.
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