Texas Visits Iowa State in Important Big 12 Clash
On Saturday night an important Big 12 matchup tips off when the No. 25 ranked Texas Longhorns visit the No. 15 ranked Iowa State Cyclones. The current line has Iowa State favored by 5 points with the over/under point total not yet released.
Entering this game, Texas has an overall record on the season of 16-8 straight up and 12-11 against the spread. On the road, the Longhorns are 3-4 SU and 5-2 ATS.
On the season, Iowa State is 17-7 SU and 11-9 ATS. At home, the Cyclones are 10-2 SU and 4-4 ATS.
Both teams are looking to rebound off tough losses in this critical contest in the Big 12. Texas lost to Oklahoma by just three points on Monday, which ended its winning streak of four games. Iowa State was beaten in overtime by Texas Tech for its third loss in the past four games.
On January 12, Texas beat Iowa State at home to snap a losing streak of four games against the Cyclones 94-91. Since that win, Texas is 7-2 over its past 9 games overall. Iowa State beat Kansas January 25, but has lost leads late in game in its three losses in four games since.
Isaiah Taylor scored 19 points to lead Texas in its loss to No. 3 ranked Oklahoma. Cameron Ridley a center for Texas will miss the game due to a foot injury. Ridley averages almost 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Longhorns.
Jameel McKay is averaging 12.4 points per game and a team leading 9 rebounds per game for Iowa State. However, he missed his second consecutive games on Wednesday due to disciplinary reasons. He has been given the clearance to play on Saturday against Texas.
George Niang leads Iowa State and is second in the conference in scoring at 19 points per game.
Iowa State forward Deonte Burton has a scoring average of 12.3 points per game over a stretch of four games, including two he has started in McKay’s place.
Texas leads the Big 12 in defense allowing just 65.2 points per game.
The OVER has cashed in 6 of the past 7 games played at Iowa State between the two rivals.
The underdog has covered the number in 3 of the past 4 games between the two.
Prediction: Texas is coming off a tough loss, but has played well its past 5 games. The Longhorns might not have the talent to pull off another win over the Cyclones on the road, but I like the Longhorns and the points.