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Pittsburgh vs Iowa State Pick & Preview: Friday, March 17th Betting Odds
Panthers vs Cyclones Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Pittsburgh Panthers at Iowa State Cyclones
- Where: Greensboro at Greensboro Coliseum
- Date: Friday, March 17th
- Betting Odds: Pittsburgh +4, PITT +153 | IOWAST -190 O/U 130.5
The Pittsburgh Panthers head into today’s game in what will be their 34th game of the season, posting a record of 22-11. On the road, the Panthers will be playing their 14th game of the season, having gone 7-7. So far, the Panthers have been the underdog 14 times, going 6-8 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4 underdogs on the spread.
Pittsburgh will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Blake Hinson who is averaging 15.52 points per game for the Panthers. Hinson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Panthers’ offensive game plan is the play of Jamarius Burton who has hit 49.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.65 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Pittsburgh this season, as they are currently ranked 442nd in college basketball at 61.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Panthers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.4%, placing them 392nd in the NCAA.
The Iowa State Cyclones head into today’s game in what will be their 33rd game of the season, posting a record of 19-13. So far this season, Iowa State has played 17 games at home, sitting with a record of 14-3. The Cyclones’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4 points in their favor. For the season, Iowa State has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 11-3.
Iowa State’s leading scorer this season is Jaren Holmes, who is averaging 13.38 points per contest. So far, Holmes has accounted for 19.54% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.72 rebounds per game and 3.28 assists. Gabe Kalscheur is the second leading scorer for the Cyclones, averaging 12.94 points per game. Between him and Kalscheur, they are accounting for 38.4% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Iowa State this season, as they are currently ranked 345th in college basketball at 66.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Cyclones’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.1%, placing them 359th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Iowa State Cyclones -4
Heading into this matchup, the oddmakers have the Iowa State Cyclones as the -4 point favorites over the Pittsburgh Panthers. Even though this will be a tough road matchup for the Cyclones’, look for a strong defensive effort to lead them to a victory. When it comes to getting a bet down on the spread, we see Pittsburgh struggling with their outside shot, as this has been a trend all season long. On the other side, even though the Iowa State also hasn’t been lighting it up from downtown, our projections show them putting together a good offensive performance. For today’s game, our recommendation is to take Iowa State laying the points.