Iowa State Cyclones vs. Iowa Hawkeyes: NCAA Basketball Betting Odds and Predictions
Iowa State Cyclones at Iowa Hawkeyes
Friday, 12/7/12, 8:00 PM EST, TV: Big Ten Network
Opening Point Spread: Iowa -1.5
Current Betting Line: Iowa -2
Opening Total: 147.5
Current Total: 151.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Iowa State travels to Iowa City to play Iowa on Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, as it attempts to push its current win streak to three games. The Cyclones have won three-straight games in this series, including an 86-76 victory as 8.5-point home favorites last year, while going OVER the total for the fourth consecutive time. Fred Hoiberg is 5-1 in this in-state rivalry during his time in Ames, which includes a 2-0 mark as a head coach. Iowa State is 3-1 ATS as a road underdog of three or fewer points since 2010, which is important to consider when looking at the college basketball odds page.
The Cyclones have out-rebounded all eight opponents this season by a +11.6 margin, which ranks in the top-10 nationally. Iowa State also leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks eighth nationally in knocking down 9.5 3-pointers per game, which includes making a season-high 13 of them last time out. The program has compiled a perfect 6-0 record this season when scoring 80 or more points and leading at halftime.
Iowa has won 11 of its last 12 home games as fans are encouraged to “Be Bold, Wear Gold” in this high-profile affair, as the team will not leave the state this season until Jan. 6. The Hawkeyes have played nine games this year with all of them being decided by eight or more points, with four of their victories coming by a margin of 20 or more points. Iowa is 9-5 ATS in December the last two-plus years, with the OVER going 8-5 in that situation.
The Hawkeyes will also be interested in reaching 80 points or more offensively, considering they’ve gone 12-2 in that situation in the last three seasons. Iowa will be hard-pressed to hold Friday’s opponent under 60 points, but would likely win its 20th consecutive game if that scenario played out. The team has played 10 players or more in each of its first nine games, which has allowed the defensive intensity to pick up, allowing opponents to score just 61.7 points per game this season.
Sports bettors will likely back the Cyclones due to their 36-24 ATS mark since 2010, while the Hawkeyes are 4-8 ATS versus good offensive teams that average 77-plus points per game.
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