The Iowa State Cyclones will host the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a BIG 12 battle Saturday evening from the Hilton Coliseum. The Cowboys are coming off a 73-69 home loss to Baylor, and the Cyclones tallied a big 68-64 road win over Texas Tech in their latest action. OK State defeated Iowa State in both meetings last season. Iowa State recorded a 69-63 home win over OK State earlier this month.
Cowboys Two Game Streak Halted in Loss to Baylor
The Oklahoma State Cowboys had a two game winning streak halted in a tough 73-69 home loss to Baylor on Wednesday night. The Cowboys had notched a win against WVU and and Texas prior to Wednesday’s loss. OK State only shot 38% in Wednesday’s loss, while Baylor was able to nail 15 three’s. Cowboys’ top scorer Cameron McGriff tallied his second straight double-double with 15 points and 10 boards in the defeat. The junior forward has scored a combined 31 points in his last two games, and he is up to 13.4 PPG and 8.2 RPG on the season.
Lindy Waters III recorded 11 points on 4 for 7 shooting in Monday’s loss after going 1 for 8 from the field last weekend. The junior guard has only reached double-digits in two out of his last four games, and he is averaging 11.5 PPG on the year.
— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) January 18, 2019
The Cowboys are currently positioned at 76th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings. They stand at 1-4 away from home which included a win against West Virginia. OK State is scoring an average of 70.4 points, ranking them 266th overall. They are holding opponents to 69.6 points, positioning them 131st in the country.
Cyclones Stun #8 Texas Tech
The Iowa State Cyclones enter this one riding a wave of confidence after notching a 68-64 upset road win over #8 Texas Tech in their previous contest. The Cyclones, who were 5.5 point underdogs, converted on 43% of their field goals, while the Red Raiders were held to a 41% mark. Cyclones’ top scorer Marial Shayok led the way offensively with 20 points on 6 for 14 shooting. The senior guard is consistently producing, scoring at least 19 points in three out of his last four games, and he is posting 19.4 PPG and 5.4 RPG.
Talen Horton-Tucker has not been nearly as productive in conference play, scoring eight or fewer points in six straight games which included seven points in Wednesday’s win. The freshman guard is averaging 12 points on 40% shooting paired with 5.5 rebounds per game.
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— Iowa State Men’s Basketball (@CycloneMBB) January 18, 2019
The Cyclones are currently positioned at 14th in the nation in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings, and they are 8-1 on their home court. They have now defeated Kansas and OK State this season. Iowa State is scoring an average of 79.1 points, ranking them 64th in the country. They are allowing an average of 64.5 points, good for 34th in the country.
The Iowa State Cyclones are:
- under is 5-1 in their last 6 home games against a team with a losing road record.
- under is 7-1 in their last 8 conference games.
- under is 7-2 in their last 9 home games.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games at Iowa State.
- the road team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings between Iowa State and Oklahoma State.
- under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am taking the points with Oklahoma State in this contest. Oklahoma State has won two out of their last three games which included a win over Texas, and their defense should keep them in this game. The Cowboys are holding opponents to 40.5% shooting on the season, and they limited Iowa State to only 69 points earlier this month.
Furthermore, Iowa State has lost two out of their last three games, and they have not been nearly as productive in conference play, averaging only 68.2 points in their last five games overall.
Prediction: Oklahoma State Cowboys
Full-Game Total Pick
I am opting with the under in this matchup. These two teams played to a low-scoring 69-63 decision on January 2nd, and I expect a similar result in this contest. OK State is allowing an average of only 69 points on the season, and they are a defensive minded team, plus the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
In addition, Iowa State has consistently contained their opposition, conceding 64 or fewer points in four out of their last five games, and the under is 4-1 in their last five games overall.
Full-Game Prop Bet
I am confident Oklahoma State can neutralize the Cyclones scoring. Iowa State has only averaged 62.5 points in their last two games, and as mentioned they only managed 69 points against the Cowboys earlier this month. OK State also defends the three well, and they held Iowa State to 33% shooting in the meeting on January 2nd.
Prediction: Iowa State Team Total: Under
Half-Time Total Bet
I am going with the over on the halftime total. Iowa State stands 29th in the country with an average of 38.5 points in the first half. Oklahoma State is also very productive in the opening half where they are averaging 37.7 points in their last three games.