The Auburn Tigers will take on the Iowa State Cyclones in an inter-conference showdown Saturday afternoon from the Auburn Arena. The Cyclones recorded an 89-82 home win over Oklahoma State on Tuesday night, and the Tigers stomped South Carolina 80-67 on Wednesday. This marks the first meeting between these teams since 2013.
Iowa State Ends Slide with Easy Win
The Iowa State Cyclones' tough schedule continues in this one. They have played a ranked opponent in two out of their last three games which led to blowout losses to Baylor and Texas Tech. The Cyclones countered with an 89-82 home win against Oklahoma State on Tuesday to cover the six-point spread. Iowa State’s defense has been exploited in Big 12 play where they own a 2-4 record.
Tyrese Haliburton is playing well and has surpassed 20 points on six occasions this season. The sophomore guard has been inconsistent at times in Big 12 play, and he enters this one averaging 15.9 PPG and 5.9 RPG. Rasir Bolton has scored over 20 points in two out of his last four games. The sophomore guard has lifted his season average to 14.7 points on 42% shooting. Soloman Young is quietly having a terrific season. The junior forward is sporting a 56.9% efficiency from the field and holds an average of 8.9 PPG.
The Cyclones are placed 65th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and have yet to win on the road where they are 0-4. Iowa State is scoring an average of 76.2 points, ranking them 70th in DI. They are allowing an average of 72.1 points, positioning them 249th overall.
#16 Auburn Snaps Two Game Slide
The #16 Auburn Tigers are back in the win column. They are having an interesting season. The Tigers went 15-0 to start the season then went on to lose two straight against Alabama and Florida. They rebounded with a convincing 80-67 home win against South Carolina on Wednesday to cover the 11.5 point spread. Auburn is now 4-2 in SEC play on the season.
Samir Doughty has cooled off from an offensive standpoint, logging 11 or fewer points in three straight games. The senior guard has not been able to consistently sink buckets, and he is now averaging 14.4 points on 40% shooting. Isaac Okoro has only reached double-digits in points in one out of his last four games. The freshman forward is having a solid year overall, registering an average of 12.6 points on a 53% clip from the field. J’Von McCormick netted 13 points on a 5 for 11 mark from the field in Wednesday’s win. The senior guard was in a slump prior to Wednesday, and he owns an average of 11 PPG.
The Tigers dropped 12 spots to #16 in the AP Top 25 rankings this past week due to those two defeats and Ken Pomeroy has them 27th overall in his ratings. Auburn is a perfect 10-0 on their home floor and they are averaging 78.9 points, placing them 27th overall. The Tigers are limiting opponents to 67.4 points, placing them 135th in the country.
The Iowa State Cyclones are:
- 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight-up win.
- 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win.
The top supporting trends found on donbest.com are: The Auburn Tigers are:
- 10-2 ATS in their last 12 home games against a team with a losing road record.
- 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games as a home favorite between 7 and 12.5 points.