Iowa State Cyclones at Iowa Hawkeyes – NCAAM December 11

Iowa State (1-1) at No. 3 Iowa (4-0)


The Hawkeyes hold a 46-27 advantage over the Cyclones as they have won the last the last three meetings. Iowa won an impressive 84-68 encounter last season as it snapped an 8-game losing streak in Hilton Coliseum. Luka Garza led five Hawkeys in double figures with 21 points while he posted 11 boards. The home team has won 14 out of the last 17 in this series.

Vs. The Spread

The Cyclones are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games and are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five vs. Iowa. The total has gone OVER in six of the last seven games in the series at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes check in at 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games and the total has gone OVER in all six of Iowa’s games so far. The Cyclones are 1-4 ATS in their last five vs. the Big Ten while the Hawkeyes are 5-1-1 in their last seven contests vs. the Big 12.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Iowa State +13 (-115) +725 O 158 (-105)
Iowa -13 (-105) -1150 U 158 (-115)

Last Time Out

Iowa State fell behind South Dakota State by 15 points and couldn’t recover as the Jackrabbits shaded the Cyclones, 71-68, on Dec. 2. Solomon Young stepped up in a big way with 24 points as he led four Cyclones in double figures. Iowa State’s undoing came in making only 4-of-23 shots from 3-point range. Iowa State had to cancel it’s Dec. 6 game with DePaul due to COVID-19 protocol.

Iowa made 17 3-point shots in rolling to a 93-80 win over North Carolina on Tuesday evening. The Hawkeyes trailed 68-67 with 9:30 to play, but went on a 14-0 run over the next 2:33 in building an 81-68 lead. Jordan Bohannon led Iowa with 24 points as he netted seven threes while Luka Garza scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Storm Surge

Iowa State Cyclones LogoThe quickness and athletic ability of Iowa State will be a huge key in how well the Cyclones can have a shot to win. The backcourt of Rasir Bolton and Javan Johnson has combined for 25 assists and only four turnovers in the first two games. Jalen Coleman-Lands and Tyler Harris will try to kick start to Iowa State 3-point game which is a must if the Cyclones have a shot to upset the Hawkeyes. The Cyclones force 17.5 turnovers per game in their first two and will look to try and turn the Hawkeyes over as Iowa has only 10.3 turnovers per game in their 4-0 start.

Hawk Talk

Iowa Hawkeyes LogoLuke Garza is totally living up to all the accolades he has received in the preseason magazines and polls as he has 29.3 points and 10.8 rebounds in his first four. It’s an embarrassment of riches in experience and talent for coach Fran McCaffery as his 3-point game also has picked up where it took off a year ago. The Hawkeyes shoot 40.2 percent from three as Joe Wieskamp checks in with 11 makes while CJ Fredrick and Jordan Bohannon have 10 each. Iowa has defended the three well also as opponents make only 29.3 percent of those triples.

Winner: Iowa (-13) 88, Iowa State 73
Over-Under: Take OVER 158

The Bets
Iowa Hawkeyes -13
OVER 158
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