Iowa Hawkeyes at Iowa State Cyclones NCAAB Betting Analysis, Odds & Picks
On Thursday, the Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones will go head-to-head at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 P.M. EST.
It has been a tale of two months for the Hawkeyes. Iowa went 7-0 in November and were looking unstoppable. However, then December rolled around, and the team is 0-2 so far during the month.
Their last game ended in a loss to Illinois by a final score of 87-83.
Iowa State has remained dominant with their 8-0 record. Their last matchup came on Saturday, where they defeated Creighton 64-58. On Thursday, the Cyclones will look to maintain their perfect season against the Hawkeyes.
Betting Analysis for Iowa Hawkeyes at Iowa State Cyclones NCAAB
Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Stats & Analysis
Despite their two-game losing streak, Iowa has played a quality brand of basketball this season.
The Hawkeyes have been led by sophomore Keegan Murray. Murray is averaging an outstanding 23.9 points per game to go along with eight rebounds. He is shooting just under 60 percent from the field.
Murray has been impressive on the defensive end as well. The 6’8 sophomore has shown rim-protecting ability with his 2.3 blocks per game. He has been an anchor on both ends of the floor for the Hawkeyes without question to open the 2021-2022 campaign.
Patrick McCaffery and Kris Murray have been vital to the team as well. McCaffery has averaged 12 points per game, while Kris Murray has posted averages of 11.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest.
Joe Toussaint leads Iowa in assists per game with 4.1.
The Hawkeyes feature one of the best offenses in all of college basketball. They have totaled 811 points which ranks 12th in the nation. They also do their damage in an efficient manner with a solid 48.7 field goal percentage.
The defense crumbled in their last affair against Illinois. They also allowed over 75 points two games ago against No.1 Purdue. But Purdue has been incredible this season, so that is forgivable.
As long as the defense does enough to limit their opponent on Thursday, the offensive unit will take care of the rest.
Iowa State Cyclones Betting Stats & Analysis
The Iowa State Cyclones are off to a terrific start to their 2021-2022 season. But they will be tasked with facing a talented opponent on Thursday. Will they be able to hold strong and stay undefeated?
Izaiah Brockington has been the focal point for the Cyclones. Brockington leads Iowa State with 16 points and 7.5 rebounds per game through their first eight contests. He is a guy who understands his role and knows his team relies on him to come through when it matters.
Tyrese Hunter has been a tremendous playmaker and a pesky defender. The guard has dished out 5.4 assists per game and is averaging 2.8 steals per game. Additionally, Hunter has scored 11.6 points per contest.
Gabe Kalsheur has also impressed with 12.1 points per game, ranking second on the team.
The Cyclones have also been sharp on offense with 75.1 points per game. As a team, they have shot 45.2 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Iowa State is turning the ball over 13.8 times per game. They will want to limit that number if they hope to defeat the Hawkeyes.
Iowa Hawkeyes at Iowa State Cyclones NCAAB Betting Trends
Iowa is 6-3 ATS this season. They are 7-2 for the O/U. The under has hit in their last nine games on the road.
However, the over has hit 11 times in their past 13 games against opponents with a winning record. Iowa has the edge in almost every category other than defense.
Iowa State is 5-3 ATS in 2021-2022. They are 3-5 for the O/U. The over has hit in nine of the Cyclone’s past ten games against teams with winning records.
The home team is 3-1-1 over the last five meetings between the Hawkeyes and Cyclones.
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Even though Iowa State is undefeated, Iowa is the more talented team.
The Hawkeyes have an incredible amount of all-around skill and a true superstar leading the way.
Iowa State’s path to an upset starts on the defensive end. They need to deny good shooters from getting the basketball and make them work for every shot. If they can tire out the Hawkeyes’ main scorers, that would benefit them greatly late in the game.
Expect the Cyclones to be aggressive against Keegan Murray early on offense. They would love nothing more than to see him get into foul trouble in the first or second quarter. However, Murray is an intelligent player and will play as so.
He understands his value to the team so expect Murray to not be overly aggressive on the defensive side early in the game.
Iowa State will do everything in their power to keep the perfect season alive. But in the end, I am rolling with the Iowa Hawkeyes to come away with a victory on the road.
OBS Betting Picks for Iowa Hawkeyes at Iowa State Cyclones NCAAB
It looks like we are in for a close and exciting match, but the Hawkeyes should emerge victorious. Take the Hawkeyes -3.5.
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