The Iowa State Cyclones (2-2) and the Boise State Broncos (4-0) face off in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at HTC Center. The games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 150.5 points with Iowa State set as a 1-point favorite. Action starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 19, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Boise State Broncos vs. Iowa State Cyclones Betting Preview
In the Broncos last outing, they had no trouble getting past the Illinois State Redbirds, 82-64. Chandler Hutchison was Boise States leading scorer with 19 points on 5-for-13 shooting. Boise State played a nearly flawless game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.473 (above their season average of 0.203) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 52.6 (above their season average of 20.4). Illinois State had marks of 0.152 and 19.6, respectively, for those same stats.
The Cyclones come in on a high note after just getting past the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in their last outing, 80-78. Iowa State received a boost from Nick Weiler-Babb, who contributed 20 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. The Cyclones had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 35.1 (above their season average of 25.5), while the Golden Hurricane had a free throw rate of 0.211 (below their season average of 0.370).
This battle pits one of the nations top offenses against one of its elite defensesSince the 2016-17 season, Iowa State ranks 34th in effective field goal percentage (0.546), while Boise State is 51st in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.472). Moreover, the Broncos have been among the NCAAs best at getting to the line, ranking 42nd in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.290). The Cyclones, however, rank 27th in opponents FTA rate (0.193).
Since last season, the Broncos have had records of 23-11 straight up (SU) and 15-18 against the spread (ATS). Vegas has been fairly accurate when setting the O/U total of Boise State games since last season with 17 unders compared to 16 overs.
The Cyclones, on the other hand, have records of 25-12 SU and 19-17 ATS since last season. Over that same stretch, games including Iowa State have had a tendency to go over the O/U total (58.3 percent).
Boise State Broncos vs. Iowa State Cyclones Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Boise State, ATS Winner – Boise State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Cyclones rank 61st in assists per game (15.3) while the Broncos rank 227th (12.5).
- Iowa State averages 3.5 blocks per game, which ranks 127th in the NCAA. Boise State ranks 260th in blocks allowed per game (4.6).
- Boise State ranks 17th in three pointers allowed per game (17.6) while Iowa State ranks 234th (22.6).
- The Cyclones rank 40th in steals per game (7.5) while the Broncos rank 250th (5.0).
- Boise State ranks 78th in rebounds allowed per game (33.5) while Iowa State ranks 267th (37.9).