Iowa State Cyclones vs Iowa Hawkeyes Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 12-6-2018

Iowa State Cyclones (7-1) vs Iowa Hawkeyes (6-2)

Date : 12/06/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Carver Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Iowa State Cyclones vs Iowa Hawkeyes

The Iowa State Cyclones will travel to Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, to face the 19th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes on Thursday night at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Hawkeyes have had a rough start to the conference season as they went 0-2 with a loss on the road to the Michigan State Spartans in their last outing by a 90-68 score as the Spartans went up by 10 at the half on the Hawkeyes while cruising to victory in the second behind 26 points along with nine rebounds from Nick Ward, who went 9-9 from the floor for Michigan State in the win.

The Iowa State Cyclones, on the other hand, have won their last four games as they picked up the 81-59 home win over the North Dakota State Bison in their last time out as the Cyclones shot a tad over 50% for the night while relegating the Bison to only 35% shooting in the victory.


Iowa State Cyclones's Latest Performance :

Iowa State’s defense is allowing opponents to score 61 points per game on only 37% shooting on a nightly basis. As stated, they have not allowed opponents to score more than 59 points in either of their last 3 games, overall. On the other hand, their offense has scored 80 or more points in their last four games total as they are averaging a tad over 80 points for the season while shooting  47% from the floor in 2018. And while the Cyclones along with the Bison struggled from 3-point range in the last outing amongst each other, the Cyclones shot over 51% for the game while holding North Dakota state to only 35% shooting as Iowa State also capitalized on 15 turnovers for the Bison on the night.

Marial Shayok led the team in scoring as he went 9-15 from the floor while ending with 20 points while Michael Jacobson chipped in 15 points along with 10 rebounds in the win. As one could surmise, Iowa State is clicking on all cylinders at this point in the season and would like nothing better than to pick up a win over their in state rival in the Iowa Hawkeyes in a Big Ten showdown on Thursday night.


Iowa Hawkeyes 's Latest Performance :

The Iowa Hawkeyes will certainly look to get back on track versus Iowa State in this matchup as they have certainly stunk it up to begin the Big Ten Conference season, as stated. Their last loss versus the Michigan State Spartans marked the second time in two games to where the offense for Iowa was not able to score 70 points. On the other hand, during their two game skid, the Hawkeyes have allowed opponents to score and average of 81 points per game.

As stated, the Spartans scored  90 points on the Hawkeyes in the last outing as they shot a tad over 52% from the floor for the night while being led by Ford with 26 points. On the other hand, Tyler Cook went 6-13 from the floor for Iowa while finishing with 15 points along with eight rebounds while Isaiah Moss ended with 13 points for the night.  And while both teams struggled from 3-point range, the Hawkeyes were outrebounded by the Spartans by a 39 – 30 margin for the game.

It’s plain to see that Iowa is currently struggling on both ends of the floor at this time. With that being the case, they may find it just as hard to come out of their funk vs an Iowa State team that has not allowed their opponents to hit the 60 point mark in their last three outings, overall.


How Iowa State Cyclones & Iowa Hawkeyes Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:



Iowa state is 4 – 2 – 2 ATS while the OU is  1 – 6

Iowa is 2 – 6 ATS while the OU is  4 – 4



In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This will certainly be an interesting game for both teams as each will be looking to come out of their current funk on both sides of the ball while the Iowa State Cyclones will be looking to extend their current outstanding play offensively and defensively. Look for both teams to attempt to push the pace, particularly the Cyclones, as they certainly have benefited from  utilizing this type of philosophy thus far in the season. Iowa, on the other hand must begin to get more production out of their offense while playing much better team defense in which to strings together some wins moving forward.

Totals Selection: Pick: Under

My reason for the prediction :


I will back the under in this contest simply due to the fact that this will be a rivalry game.  Of course, in these types of contest, one can imagine that the focus will be extra high for both teams while the intensity level will also be at an all-time high as well. In all, look for this to be a back and forth, up and down game from start to finish as momentum will swing constantly. Nonetheless,  while both teams will certainly put some points on the board in this contest, expect the score to remain low in what will certainly be an exciting game throughout.

Betting trends for Iowa State Cyclones:

  • Over is 15-5-1 in  Cyclones last 21 vs. Big Ten.
    The Cyclones are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 road games.

Betting trends for Iowa Hawkeyes :

  • Over is 13-5 in  Hawkeyes last 18 home games.
    Over is 19-8-1 in  Hawkeyes last 28 overall.
    Over is 7-3-1 in Hawkeyes last 11 Thu. games.


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