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Little Rock Relishes Underdog Role

Arkansas-Little Rock busted their fair share of brackets by making it through the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but the Trojans have loved being overlooked. Little Rock has gone a near perfect 7-1 ATS this season as underdogs. The Trojans will be dogs once against when they take on the Iowa State Cyclones Saturday.

Shark Bites
  • Iowa State is 5-2 ATS in their past seven as favorites of 6.5 points or less.
  • Little Rock is 9-0 SU in their past nine games against teams with winning records.
  • The OVER is 7-2 in Iowa State’s past nine games with a closing total of 146.0 or more.

Little Rock has been getting it done all season long based on their third-best scoring defense in the nation. Nine of the Trojans past 10 opponents have failed to break 70 points during regulation, with Purdue needing extra time to accomplish the feat. Senior Josh Hagins had his best game of the season against Purdue as the guard tallied 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Iowa State shot the lights out in their first game of March Madness, as the Cyclones hit 50 percent from the floor, 45.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the charity stripe. Georges Naing has been putting up big offensive numbers, though Iowa State has been struggling heading into the tournament, as the senior has averaged 27 points in the past three games. 

Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans vs Iowa State Cyclones Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans have watched them go 30-4 and 20-10 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Iowa State Cyclones are at 22-11 and 16-13-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Iowa State Cyclones are 14-15-1, while the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans have a 11-19 mark.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Iowa State Cyclones at No. 163 and the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans at No. 42 heading into this college basketball betting matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Iowa State's No. 13-ranked scoring average of 82.21 PPG, against a Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans defense rated No. 4 and allowing 60.32 PPG. The Iowa State Cyclones FG% has averaged 50.15% to date this season, more than the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans shooters have managed so far (45.48% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Josh Hagins went off for 31 points and added 7 rebounds for good measure, leading Arkansas-Little Rock to a 85-83 win over Purdue on Thursday at Pepsi Center.

Iowa State got 28 points from Georges Niang en route to a 94-81 victory over Iona on Thursday at Pepsi Center.

Betting Trends
  • Arkansas-Little Rock is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
  • Arkansas-Little Rock is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
  • Iowa State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Iowa State's last 10 games