Iowa State Cyclones at Texas Longhorns – NCAAM January 5

Iowa State (2-5, 0-3) at No. 4 Texas (8-1, 2-0)

  • Time: 5PM PST, 7PM CST and 8PM EST
  • Location: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
  • NAT TV: Longhorn Network

Series

The Longhorns are 16-2 against the Cyclones in games played in Austin and sport a 24-18 mark in the all-time series. Shaka Smart is 7-4 against Iowa State which includes a 5-0 mark at home. Texas is the fourth Top 10 team that Steve Prohm and Company have faced in the first eight games.

Vs. The Spread

The total has gone UNDER in five of the Cyclones’ last seven games and the Cyclones are 0-16 SU in their last 16 road games. The total flips to OVER in eight of Iowa State’s last 12 Big 12 games. Texas checks in at 10-5 ATS in their last 15 games and the total has posted an OVER in 13 of Texas’ last 18 games.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Iowa State +12.5 (-115) +640 O 138.5 (-120)
Texas -12.5 (-105) -900 U 138.5 (+100)

Last Time Out

Iowa State led No. 2 Baylor by two with 10 minutes left before the Bears closed on a 23-10 run to take a 76-65 win in Ames. Javan Johnson led Iowa State with 17 points as the Cyclones shot 48.1 percent from the floor but turned the ball over 21 times.

Texas blasted No. 3 Kansas, 84-59, as it was the worst loss of the Bill Self era in Lawrence. Texas made 12-of-26 3-point field goals while the Longhorns’ defense limited Kansas to 30.8 percent from the field. Courtney Ramey scored a team-high 18 points while Jericho Sims posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 boards.

Cyclone Alley

Iowa State Cyclones LogoSolomon Young (56.5%) and Rasir Bolton (50.6%) are the top two players in the Big 12 in field goal percentage. Iowa State shoots 47.2 percent from the field, but the Cyclones kill lots of chances to win by averaging 17.3 turnovers per game. Bolton and Young do a good job getting to the free throw line as well. Jalen Coleman-Lands (19) and Tyler Harris (11) are the top two 3-point shooters. Texas’ 3-point defense is stealthy in allowing 24 percent from behind the arc. Iowa State only gets to the line 7.7 times per game and it’s opponents get there at an 18.3 mark. Opponents have been to the line 95 more times (170-75) which speaks to the lack of physicality inside for Iowa State.

Bevo Bravado

Texas Longhorns LogoLeave a coach alone and let him build and you get where the Longhorns are right now as Shaka Smart is in his fifth year as Texas boasts one of college basketball’s most efficient offensive squads. The Longhorns average 75 points per game and they shoot at a 44.8 percent clip. The top four scorers also have double digits in threes and Smart’s 3-point offense will face a challenge here as Iowa State stops the triple at a clip of 26.5 percent. Matt Coleman (13.8 ppg) and Courtney Ramey (13.7 ppg) are at the lead of this deep backcourt. Texas has one of the top front lines in the nation in Greg Brown, Jericho Sims, and Kai Jones, who shoots 67.4 percent. Iowa State is a (-4) on the boards and will need to find a way to battle Texas who is at a (+5.7).

Winner: Texas (-12.5) 78, Iowa State 64
Over-Under: Take OVER 138.5

The Bets
Texas Longhorns -12.5
-105
OVER 138.5
-120
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Kenneth Cross / Author

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