College Basketball Predictions: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Iowa State Cyclones

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Iowa State Cyclones
Friday, 12/13/13, 9:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Iowa State -2.5
Current Betting Line:  Iowa State -3
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Iowa Hawkeyes will play their first true road game of the 2013-14 season Friday
The Iowa Hawkeyes will play their first true road game of the 2013-14 season Friday

Iowa has won three games in a row, including a 92-59 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson Monday, as it won the rebounding battle by a dominating 49-27 margin.  The Hawkeyes have had four players score in double figures in 8-of-11 games this season, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions.  Offensively, the team is led by senior guard Roy Devyn Marble, who is averaging 15.6 points on 40.6 percent shooting from the floor.  Iowa is 14-4 SU and 13-3 ATS in December the last two-plus seasons.

The Hawkeyes hold a 43-23 all-time advantage in this series, but the two sides have split the last 16 meetings.  It’s important to point out that the home team has won eight of the last nine games, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Iowa leads the Big Ten Conference in scoring 89.5 points per game—leading directly to a scoring margin of plus-25.4.

Iowa State is off to a 7-0 start for the first time since the 2003-04 season, as it enters this affair as the only undefeated squad in the Big 12 Conference and one of 14 nationally with that distinction.  The Cyclones are averaging 91.7 points per game, but that number has risen even higher to 97.5 in their last four affairs.  Five different players are averaging double figures, with senior forward Melvin Ejim pacing the roster in scoring 18.0 points per game.  Iowa State is 25-3 SU and 24-3 ATS as a home favorite of three or fewer points in its last 28 opportunities.

The Cyclones have won 15 of 16 games under head coach Fred Hoiberg when scoring 90 or more points, including a perfect 5-0 mark during the 2013-14 campaign.  Iowa State has outrebounded its opponent in all but one game this season, while it has shot better from the floor in the same fashion.  Ejim has scored in double figures in eight games in a row—a career-best streak.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cyclones due to the home team being 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings.

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