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Texas vs Iowa State Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 17th Betting Odds

Longhorns vs Cyclones Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Texas Longhorns at Iowa State Cyclones
  • Where: Ames at Hilton Coliseum
  • Date: Tuesday, January 17th
  • Betting Odds: Texas +3, TX +130 | IOWAST -159 O/U 131.5

Longhorns Preview:

The Texas Longhorns will be looking to pick up their 18th win of the season and are in the middle of a 3 game win streak. So far, the Longhorns have played 2 games on the road, with a record of 2-0. When looking at the betting lines, Texas will be the betting underdog for the first time this season. Coming into the game, they are +3 point underdogs on the spread. Last season, the team went 2-6 as the betting underdog.

Texas will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Marcus Carr who is averaging 17.47 points per game for the Longhorns. Carr 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 Longhorns’ offensive game plan is the play of Timmy Allen who has hit 49.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.94 points per game.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for Texas this season, as they are currently ranked 295th in college basketball at 68.3 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 Longhorns’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.3%, placing them 354th in the NCAA.

Cyclones Preview:

The Iowa State Cyclones head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 13-3. So far this season, Iowa State has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 10-0. The Cyclones’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3 points in their favor. For the season, Iowa State has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 8-0.

Iowa State’s leading scorer this season is Jaren Holmes, who is averaging 12.75 points per contest. So far, Holmes has accounted for 18.01% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.25 rebounds per game and 3.19 assists. Gabe Kalscheur is the second leading scorer for the Cyclones, averaging 12.5 points per game. Between him and Kalscheur, they are accounting for 35.7% 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: Texas Longhorns +3

In this matchup, between the Texas Longhorns and Iowa State Cyclones, we recommend getting a bet down on Texas to cover the spread as road dogs. Our analysis points to the Longhorns’ defense as the key reason that they will cover at +3. Look for Iowa State’s offensive struggles to continue, as their overall field goal percentage is just 232nd in college basketball. Although the oddsmakers have Iowa State as the betting favorite, before tip-off we feel good about taking the points with Texas on the road.

 


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