NCAA Basketball Betting Picks: Texas Longhorns vs. Iowa State Cyclones

Texas Longhorns at Iowa State Cyclones
Saturday, 1/12/12, 2:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPNU
Opening Point Spread:  Iowa State -8
Current Betting Line:  Iowa State -8
Opening Total:  133
Current Total:  133
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Texas Longhorns are 3-1 ATS as road underdogs of 6.5 to 9 points since 2010

Texas has lost back-to-back games in overtime, including a 57-53 setback as 4.5-point home favorites Wednesday night, while going UNDER the total for the third time in four contests.  The Longhorns have won nine of their last 10 games in this series, while compiling a dominating 13-4 mark during the Rick Barnes era when lacing them up against the Cyclones.  The team leads the nation in holding opponents to 33.6 percent shooting, including just 23.2 percent from beyond the arc.  Texas is 3-1 ATS as a road underdog of 6.5 to 9 points over the last two-plus years, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks Saturday.

The Longhorns are holding opponents to 60.0 points per game this season, while holding an 88-45 advantage in blocked shots.  Texas is 4-6 all-time on the road against Iowa State, but has won three of its last four trips to the Hilton Coliseum.  The team has averaged 13.9 turnovers in the last seven games, which is much lower than their 19.3 miscues over the first eight games of the 2012-13 campaign.

Iowa State snapped a seven-game losing streak to Texas in last year’s 77-71 win in Ames last year, as the team looks to bounce back from a disappointing 97-89 overtime loss to the Kansas Jayhawks as 13-point road underdogs.  The Cyclones lead the Big 12 Conference and rank sixth nationally in averaging 82.5 points per game, as as their the only team in the nation to score at least 70 points in every game this year.  Iowa State is 11-8 ATS in January affairs since 2010, with the UNDER going 10-8 in that situation.

The Cyclones own a seven-game conference winning streak at home, which is tied for the fifth-best streak of its kind in program history.  Iowa State had six players score in double figures for the third time this season against the Jayhawks, while having six average between 9.3 and 14.2 points per game during the 2012-13 campaign.

Sports bettors will likely back the Longhorns due to their 4-0 ATS mark on the road where the total is 130 to 134.5, while the Cyclones are 2-3 ATS as favorites this year.

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