Bet Iowa State Cyclones -5.5 Tonight vs. Texas Longhorns

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:10 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 12:10 PM GMT

The Iowa State Cyclones have taken care of business against ranked opponents at home in recent years, as they prepare to take on the Texas Longhorns Tuesday night. Do college basketball bettors have an edge with exploiting in this battle?

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this Big 12 Conference matchup at the Hilton Coliseum, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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Rolling along

Texas hits the road after winning back-to-back home games, including a 88-71 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers as six-point favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total in each of those affairs.

The Longhorns have four of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with junior forward Jonathan Holmes being the main player to watch in scoring 13.0 points a contest. 

It’s important to point out that the program is 4-1 ATS in its last five games versus teams with a winning SU record. 

Winning—but not covering

Iowa State is 4-1 SU and 1-4 ATS over its last five games, as it looks to build off a 70-64 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders as 11-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in four affairs. 

The Cyclones lead the league in averaging 84.1 points per game, while being the only team in the country to score 70 or more points every time out during the 2013-14 campaign. 

Pounding the glass 

College basketball handicappers will have an interest in backing the Longhorns in this affair, considering they’ve out-rebounded 20 of 25 opponents this season—posting a 17-3 SU record when winning that all-important battle.

Texas earned a 86-76 victory over Iowa State as 1.5-point home underdogs despite losing the battle on the glass by three boards on Jan. 18, with the two teams going Over the betting total of 157.

Balanced attack 

The Cyclones are the first school in the league to have five different players earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors, which isn’t very surprising due to being one of just nine programs to have three members average at least 15 points per game offensively.

Iowa State is led by Melvin Ejim, who is the league’s top scorer at 18.9 points per game—up 7.6 points per game from a season ago. 

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cyclones as one of their college basketball picks, as the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in this series.

College Basketball Pick:  Iowa State Cyclones -5.5 at BetOnline

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