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NCAAB Betting: Iowa vs Iowa State

Thursday’s slate of college hoops pits state rivals Iowa and Iowa State against each other at the James H. Hilton Coliseum in Ames. It’s always interesting when these squads meet, but Iowa State’s No. 2 national ranking and Iowa’s 7-2 record makes tonight’s contest extra interesting.

Shark Bites
  • Iowa State is 4-0-1 ATS in its last five games as favorites.
  • Iowa is 6-0 ATS in its last six games as underdogs in December.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of Iowa's last eight games against the Big 12.

Home court advantage has been huge in this series, as visiting squads are just 2-10 in the last 12 meetings between the schools. Iowa State is also a red-hot bet at home in December, going 23-0 SU in its last 23 home tilts – an undefeated mark that stretches all the way back to 2010.

Just how long has it been since Iowa State was this good? The Cyclones have not started a season 8-0 since 1941-42. Monte Morris and company will be getting used to some home cooking, as six of the Cyclones’ seven December games are at home.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at sportsbooks such as Bovada had set the Iowa State Cyclones as -6-point favorites on the opening betting line for this contest. The betting line may have moved, check for updates at shops such as MyBookie.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Iowa State Cyclones Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Iowa Hawkeyes have watched them go 6-2 and 3-4 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Iowa State Cyclones are at 7-0 and 4-1-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Iowa State Cyclones are 1-5, while the Iowa Hawkeyes have a 4-3 mark.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Iowa State Cyclones rated this week at No. 20 and the Iowa Hawkeyes sitting at No. 15.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Iowa State's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 86.86 PPG, against a Hawkeyes defense that ranks No. 92 at 67.22 PPG. The Cyclones field goal percentage has averaged 51.72% so far, more than the Hawkeyes marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.32% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Iowa cruised to victory on Monday, running Western Illinois out of the gym and running up a 90-56 score at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa State cruised to victory on Monday, running Buffalo out of the gym and running up a 84-63 score at Hilton Coliseum.

Betting Trends
  • Iowa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Iowa is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Iowa is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Iowa's last 5 games on the road
  • Iowa State is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Iowa State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa State's last 5 games
  • Iowa State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Iowa home to Drake, Saturday, December 19th
Iowa State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Sunday, December 13th

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