Cross State Rivalry: Add Iowa State -13 As Our NCAA BAsketball Pick Against Oklahoma St.

Joe Gavazzi

Monday, February 29, 2016 4:27 PM GMT

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 4:27 PM GMT

Last Thursday night, I told you that they had “HIDE THE WOMEN AND CHILDEREN” signs for the Utes’ home meeting with outmanned Arizona St. See my NCAA basketball picks for this game. 

Oklahoma St. vs. Iowa St. (-14-) 7:00 ET ESPN
It got no better in the 2nd half, as Utah cruised to an (81-46) victory for us. Tonight, Oklahoma St. travels to Iowa St. for this 7:00 pm ET tip on ESPN Big Monday. It is the LHG (last home game) for the Cyclones, where the magic of Hilton Coliseum has produced a 58-5 SU record for this year’s seniors. In the first meeting, Iowa St. eased to a (64-59) road victory (without key interior force, McKay). Tonight’s game will be nowhere near that final score, with signs at the entry gate warning that the eyes of women and children may need to be shielded from this onslaught.  

Eighth year Oklahoma St. HC Travis Ford prepared us for this in his pregame comments, when he said “when you take your 2 best players off your team in this league, it’s tough for anybody. This league is just unforgiving, it’s not excuses, it’s reality.” Ford, of course, is referring to the loss of his best player, Phil Forte, to an elbow injury in mid-November. More recently, the Cowboys have lost high-scoring guard, Jawun Evans (shoulder) for the season. Without those 2 key scorers, Oklahoma St. has averaged just 58 PPG in the last 7 games, shooting less than 39% from the field. The Cowboys enter tonight on a season-ending 0-4 SU ATS slide with losses of 27, 10, 22 and 14 points. The record of 13-16 U ensures them to be a towel-tosser tonight. This has never been a good role for the Cowboys under Ford, as they are 15-42 ATS, including 2-5 ATS this year as road dog.

 

Betting Analysis
Iowa St. has had its own issues losing Naz Long, a key contributor, in mid-November. Missing front line force, McKay, for 2 games in early February was also an issue. The Cyclones have a short bench that averages just 11 PPG (among the worst in the NCAA). Recently, however, McKay has been coming off the bench and Oregon St. transfer, Cooke, have responded with big games to boost the bench scoring. In their LHG, look for the Cyclones to put it all together and blow away an outmanned and downtrodden visiting Cowboy team. HIDE THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN, as this has blowout written all over it! Please join me and put the NCAA basketball odds boards in your favor and join me in my NCAA basketball picks on Iowa St. tonight.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Iowa State -13
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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