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#608 Auburn -8.5
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 12:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

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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.

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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.

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I expect Auburn to come away with a dominating victory. This is a good matchup for Auburn up against a poor defensive team. Iowa State just surrendered 82 points to a terrible shooting Oklahoma State team and the Cyclones rank 250th in DI in field goal defense. Auburn has all the tools to exploit this team. The Tigers have scored at least 80 points in five out of their last seven games.

Furthermore, Iowa State is stumbling offensively as well. They have netted 55 or fewer points in three out of their last five games overall, and Auburn’s defense is also a strength.

Prediction: Auburn Tigers

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I expect this game to yield plenty of scoring. Auburn is always a big threat at home where they have accumulated at least 80 points in four straight games. They also play at a quicker pace of 73.9 possessions per game which ranks them in the top third at 65th in DI. The over is 27-11-1 in the Tigers’ last 39 home games against a team with a road winning percentage below .400.

In addition, while I don’t expect a ton of points from Iowa State, they also attempt plenty of shots and own a respectable 45.2% team shooting percentage on the season. The over is 10-4 in the Cyclones’ last 14 road games.

Prediction: Over

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The over on the Auburn team total offered on PointsBet is worth a look. Auburn attempts a ton of threes per game and the Cyclones are one of the worst teams in the country when it comes to three-point defense. Opponents are shooting 37.2% from beyond the arc against Iowa State, pegging them 333rd overall. Auburn just scored 80 points and I expect a similar result in this one.

Prediction: Auburn Team Total Over

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I am going with the under on the halftime total. Iowa State has started slow in the offensive end recently. They have only averaged 27.7 points in the first half in their last three games overall. Auburn has also not found their groove until later in the game recently. They have only averaged 29.7 points in the opening half in their last three games overall.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.