Iowa State vs Iowa NCAA Basketball Spread & Game Preview.

Iowa State vs Iowa NCAA Basketball Spread & Game Preview

Written by on December 6, 2018

The most important non-conference game each season for both Iowa State and Iowa is when they face each other in the Cy-Hawk series. That’s the case on Thursday night as the Cyclones look to hand the No. 18 Hawkeyes a third straight loss. Iowa is a slight College Basketball Betting favorite.

How to Bet Iowa State vs Iowa NCAA Basketball Spread & Game Info

Last Season

Iowa State beat visiting Iowa 84-78 behind 24 points from then-freshman Lindell Wigginton. Nick Weiler-Babb had 15 points and 10 assists for the Cyclones. The game featured 17 lead changes and seven ties, but Wigginton followed a corner 3 by Donovan Jackson with one of his own, putting Iowa State ahead 72-63 with 6:15 left — a lead the Cyclones would not relinquish. Iowa outrebounded the Cyclones 53-31.

But it also committed 18 turnovers and shot 1 of 8 from the free throw line. Iowa State and Iowa are meeting for the 72nd time. The Hawkeyes own a 44-27 edge in the all-time series, including 28-7 in Iowa City. The Cyclones have won seven of the last nine meetings and in the last 12 own an 8-4 edge.

2018 Team Records

  • All: Iowa State 7-1 / Iowa 6-2
  • Home: Iowa State 6-1 / Iowa 6-1
  • Away: Iowa State 1-0 / Iowa 0-1
  • ATS: Iowa State 5-3 / Iowa 2-6
  • Over/Under: Iowa State 1-7 / Iowa 4-4

Why Bet on Iowa State?

ISU (7-1) comes off an 81-59 rout of North Dakota State. The Cyclones were paced by senior guard Marial Shayok, who scored 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Michael Jacobson put up a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double. Jacobson pulled down four offensive boards on the night. Nick Weiler-Babb scored 11 points shooting 4-of-4 from the field, to go with eight rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes of action.

ISU is 6-1 when leading at halftime this year and 6-1 when outshooting its opponent from the field. The Cyclones’ 10 blocks were school’s most since Dec. 4, 2017 (11 vs. Northern Illinois). ISU has not trailed in its last three games. It has four wins of 20 or more points this season. Iowa State has held five of its opponents below 60 points after doing so just four times last season. The Cyclones and Texas Tech lead the Big 12 with seven wins by 20 or more points.

ISU is the only school to have three players ranked among the top-15 in the Big 12 in scoring. The Cyclones are paced by Shayok’s 19.4 points, which ranks second in the Big 12. Shayok has been in double figures in all eight contests, the longest streak in his career.

Steve Prohm has 10 career wins against AP Top-25 teams as Cyclone head coach, which ranks as the fourth-most in ISU history.

Why Bet on Iowa?

Iowa lost last Friday to No. 22 Wisconsin by six and then was crushed 90-68 at No. 10 Michigan State on Monday. The Spartans trailed for more than six minutes in the first half and were behind by as much as six points before a Nick Ward-led surge gave them a 43-33 lead at halftime. The Hawkeyes had no hope for a comeback because they missed 19 of 20 shots to open the second half. Michigan State’s 90 points are the most surrendered by the Hawkeyes this season.

The Hawkeyes didn’t have an answer to Michigan State’s frontcourt. The trio of Ward, Kenny Goins, and Xavier Tillman combined for 59 points and 31 rebounds. Iowa finished with a 32.8 field goal percentage, making 21-of-64 field goals. Junior Tyler Cook paced the Hawkeyes with 15 points to go along with eight rebounds. Junior Isaiah Moss scored 13 and junior Jordan Bohannon finished with 11.

Iowa State vs Iowa is going to be a good one for all NCAA Basketball Basketball fans.

Bohannon made two 3-pointers Monday. The junior now has 198 career 3-pointers, two shy of becoming the seventh Hawkeye with 200 triples. Cook is 40 points and 68 rebounds from becoming the 26th Hawkeye to total 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. The Hawkeyes rank second in the country in free throw makes per game (24.6) and first in attempts (32.4). Iowa has made 19 or more free throws in seven of eight contests. Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.761), free throw makes (197) and attempted (259); second in scoring offense (80.8), and fifth in steals (6.5).

The home team has won 13 of the last 15 meetings in the series. ISU’s 2010 win (75-72) and 2014 win (90-75) in Iowa City are the exceptions. Iowa has won 55 of its last 59 non-conference home games, dating back to 2012.

Iowa State vs Iowa NCAA Basketball Betting Trends

  • Over is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings
  • Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Iowa
  • Road team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings
  • Cyclones are 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings
  • Underdog is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings
  • Iowa State is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 17 of Iowa State’s last 25 games on the road
  • Iowa is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 13 of Iowa’s last 18 games at home

Expert NCAAB Betting Prediction for Iowa State vs Iowa

ISU hasn’t played a true road game yet, and it will be a very different atmosphere. Take Iowa.
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