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The Iowa State Cyclones will host the Kansas State Wildcats in Big 12 action Saturday afternoon from the Hilton Coliseum. The Wildcats recorded a 71-69 home win against West Virginia on Wednesday night, and the Cyclones fell 73-70 at Baylor in their previous game. Kansas State defeated Iowa State in both meetings last season.
Wildcats Rally for First Conference Win
The Kansas State Wildcats mounted a big comeback in a 71-69 home win over West Virginia on Wednesday to bring their conference record to 1-2. The Wildcats posted a solid 47% efficiency from the field, while holding WVU to 45% shooting. Wildcats’ leading scorer Barry Brown Jr. was tremendous in the victory, collecting a season-high 29 points on a 9 for 14 shooting performance. The senior guard was struggling prior to his big effort on Wednesday, and he is currently averaging 14.7 points on 42% shooting.
Kamau Stokes added 12 points and six assists in Wednesday’s win. The senior guard has reached at least 12 points in five out of his last six games, and he is third in team scoring with 10.9 PPG. Dean Wade has missed the last six games with a foot injury and he is questionable for this one.
— K-State Men's Basketball (@KStateMBB) January 10, 2019
The Wildcats are pegged at 50th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings. They have yet to win on the road where they stand at 0-3 on the season which included a 63-57 loss to Texas Tech. Kansas State is scoring an average of 65.6 points on the season, ranking them 327th overall. They are holding opponents to 59.5 points, good for sixth in the country.
Cyclones’ Five Game Winning Streak Halted
The #20 Iowa State Cyclones had a five-game winning streak snapped in a tough 73-70 road loss to Baylor on Tuesday to fall to 2-1 in BIG 12 play. The Cyclones were still able to shoot 50% in the defeat, while holding Baylor 43.6% shooting. Cyclones’ top scorer Marial Shayok played well in the loss, sinking 19 points on a 9 for 15 shooting performance. The senior guard continues to perform at a high level, netting a combined 43 points in his last two games, and he is averaging 20.1 points on 52% shooting.
Lindell Wigginton hasn’t been sharp recently, going a combined 5 for 19 from the field in his last two games for a total of 19 points. The sophomore guard is averaging 12.8 points and 4.4 rebounds on the season.
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— Iowa State Men’s Basketball (@CycloneMBB) January 11, 2019
The Cyclones have yet to lose on their home court where they own a perfect 8-0 record. They defeated OK State, followed by a 77-60 upset victory against Kansas in their first two conference games. Iowa State has cooled down from an offensive perspective recently, although they are still averaging 81.3 points, good for 42nd in the country. They are allowing an average of 65 points, positioning them 40th in the nation.
The Iowa State Cyclones are:
- 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games.
- 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games against a team with a losing road record.
The Kansas State Wildcats are:
- 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games at Iowa State.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I anticipate a decisive home win from Iowa State in this matchup. Iowa State has won five out of their last six games which included a 77-60 win against Kansas, and the Cyclones have only conceded an average of 65.3 points in their three conference games.
Furthermore, Kansas State has dropped two out of their last three games, and they will have trouble against a terrific Iowa State defense. The Wildcats are only averaging 59.7 points in their last seven games, and they are shooting a weak 42.4% from the field on the season.
Prediction: Iowa State
Full-Game Total Pick
The under is a strong option in this contest. Iowa State has consistently played effective defense this season, and they should have no problem neutralizing a K-State team that is only averaging 58.3 points in conference play. Also, the under has converted in five out of the Cyclones last six conference games.
In addition, Kansas State is also an elite defensive team. They are allowing an average of only 59.5 points on the season, and the under is 4-0 in their last four games following a straight up win.
Full-Game Prop Bet
The under on the Kansas State team total is a strong play. Kansas State is only averaging 65 points on the season, and they will have trouble against a terrific defense. Iowa State is limiting opponents to 40.7% shooting, and they have allowed an average of only 65.3 points in conference play.
Prediction: Kansas State Team Total: Under
Half-Time Side Pick
I am siding with Iowa State on the halftime line as well. Kansas State is struggling to score in the first half this season. They stand at 308th in the country with an average of only 29.6 points in the opening half, while Iowa State is posting an average of 39.2 points, good for 23rd overall.
Prediction: Iowa State