Iowa State Cyclones vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Prediction

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The 18th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes (6-2) welcome the Iowa State Cyclones (7-1) to Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes look to lengthen their six-game winning streak. Action starts at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

Iowa State Cyclones at Iowa Hawkeyes ATS Odds

Both teams were triumphant in their last game. The Hawkeyes defeated the UMKC Kangaroos 77-63, while the Cyclones easily got past the Alabama State Hornets 79-53.

Iowa State dominated every facet of the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 36.1 and a turnover percentage of 16.7. For those same stats, Alabama State was 23.7 and 25.2, respectively. Meanwhile, Iowa’s free throw rate was their largest strength over UMKC. The Hawkeyes had a rate of 0.596, while the Kangaroos posted a mark of 0.125. Iowa rallied around Tyler Cook, who recorded 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Meanwhile, Michael Jacobson fueled Iowa State with 17 points and seven rebounds.

The Cyclones won the only game between these two teams last year, 84-78. Iowa State’s free throw rate was their largest advantage over Iowa. The Cyclones had a rate of 0.231, while the Hawkeyes posted a mark of 0.014.

Since the 2017-18 season, a focal point for the Iowa offense has been to get to and convert from the free throw line. The Hawkeyes rank 32nd in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.282), but Iowa State has been among the best in the NCAA at keeping opponents away from the charity stripe (ranking 24th by yielding a FTA rate of 0.185).

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Free Pick

College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Iowa State, ATS Winner – Iowa State, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Iowa averages 17.4 assists per game, which ranks eighth in the country. Iowa State ranks 194th in assists allowed per game (13.7).
  • The Hawkeyes average 20.9 three pointers per game, which ranks 209th in the nation. The Cyclones rank 302nd in three pointers allowed per game (25.4).
  • Iowa ranks 71st in blocks per game (4.0) while Iowa State ranks 113th in blocks allowed per game (3.2).
  • The Hawkeyes rank 57th in rebounds per game (38.1) while the Cyclones rank 242nd in rebounds allowed per game (36.6).
  • Iowa State ranks 88th in steals allowed per game (5.7) while Iowa ranks 254th (7.1).