College Basketball Predictions: Iowa State Cyclones vs. Texas Longhorns

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Texas Longhorns
Saturday, 1/17/14, 4:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Iowa State -2
Current Betting Line:  Iowa State -1.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Texas Longhorns are 8-1 SU against the Iowa State Cyclones at the Erwin Center under Rick Barnes
The Texas Longhorns are 8-1 SU against the Iowa State Cyclones at the Erwin Center under Rick Barnes

Iowa State hasn’t dropped three games in a row since Fred Hoiberg’s first season in Ames, as the team looks to bounce back from a 77-70 setback to the Kansas Jayhawks as 2.5-point home favorites Monday.  The Cyclones are the only team in the Big 12 Conference with two players ranked in the top-11 of the league in both scoring and rebounding, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting predictions.  In conference games, senior guard DeAndre Kane is leading the league in points, assists and steals.  Iowa State is 1-2 SUATS as road favorites of three or fewer points the last two-plus seasons.

The Cyclones shot a season-low 31.4 percent from the field against the Jayhawks, including just 4-of-25 from 3-point range, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball betting lines.  Through 16 games this season, Iowa State has 295 assists and just 156 turnovers, which is the fewest among conference members.  Offensively, the team ranks 10th nationally in averaging 85.6 points per game—scoring 85 or more points in seven affairs this season.

Texas enters Saturday’s contest with an 8-1 record against Iowa State in the friendly confines of the Erwin Center during the Rick Barnes era.  The Longhorns have improved on the free throw line in their first four league contests, as they’ve converted 74.7 percent of their attempts.  The team has four of five probable starters scoring in double figures, with forward Jonathan Holmes averaging a team-high 12.5 points a game.  Texas is 3-1 SUATS as home underdogs of three or fewer points since the start of the 2011-12 campaign.

The Longhorns own a 30-18 SU record against ranked opponents under Barnes at this venue.  Texas has out-rebounded 14 of its first 17 opponents this season, which has led directly to a +8.1 margin in that statistical category.  All 10 of the team’s scholarship players have scored 10 or more points in a game this season.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cyclones due to their 12-5 ATS mark following a SU loss.

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