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Can Texas Keep Covering The Spread?

Texas is playing better than many expected before the season started, but the Longhorns have also turned themselves into one of the best bets in the nation as well. Texas has covered in seven consecutive games while sporting an average scoring margin of +6.3 points. The Longhorns will look to solidify their spot in the Top 25 when they travel to Ames to take on the Iowa State Cyclones Saturday.

Shark Bites
  • Iowa State is just 2-4-1 ATS in their past seven games against Texas.
  • Texas is 12-6 in their past 18 games against Iowa State.
  • The OVER is 7-1 in the past eight games between Texas and Iowa State.

The Longhorns made sure the nation was paying attention when they picked up an overtime victory over Iowa State earlier this season. The Cyclones did erase a 31-point second half deficit to send the game to an extra stanza, but Isaiah Taylor stepped up in overtime to give Texas the win. Taylor finished that game with 28 points, his second-highest scoring game of the season, while Georges Naing put up 27 points for Iowa State.

Texas has had stints of inconsistencies this season, but the team is getting stronger as they get a good grasp of first-year coach Shaka Smart’s system. The Longhorns' fast paced offense would make one believe that high scoring affairs would be commonplace, but the team’s defense has stepped up and made the team a great UNDER bet. The Longhorns have held their opponents to 59.7 points per game in their past seven games with the UNDER going 6-0-1 in that span.

Iowa State has hit the skids lately dropping three of their past four SU and ATS, but two of those losses did come against ranked opponents. The Cyclones are expected to welcome Jameel McKay back to the lineup after the senior was suspended the past two games following an undisclosed incident that happened at practice. Iowa State was outrebounded in both contests without McKay, who leads the team in boards.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Iowa State Cyclones were listed as -6-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the over/under betting odds total was expected shortly.

Texas Longhorns vs Iowa State Cyclones Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Iowa State Cyclones battles the Texas Longhorns, currently sitting with a 16-8 mark (12-11 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 8-12-1 for the Iowa State Cyclones and 9-13-1 for the Texas Longhorns.

This college basketball game matches up the No. 129 (Iowa State) and the No. 69 (Texas) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA basketball power rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Iowa State has the nation's No. 15-rated offensive output, at 82.17 PPG. The visiting Texas Longhorns defense ranks No. 47 allowing on average 66.38 PPG. The Cyclones FG% has averaged 50.03% so far, more than the Iowa State Longhorns marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.79% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Isaiah Taylor scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Longhorns to a win (they lost 63-60 to Oklahoma at Lloyd Noble Center on Monday).

Deonte Burton scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Cyclones to a win (they lost 85-82 to Texas Tech at United Supermarkets Arena on Wednesday).

Betting Trends
  • Texas is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas's last 5 games
  • Texas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Iowa State is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Iowa State's last 8 games
  • Iowa State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Iowa State is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Texas home to West Virginia, Tuesday, February 16th
Iowa State at Baylor, Tuesday, February 16th