Look to Total for Kansas St.-Iowa St. NCAA Basketball Pick

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 2:38 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 2:38 PM GMT

Iowa State knows how to score points at a high rate when playing at Hilton Coliseum, which provides betting value in picking the ‘Over’ against Kansas State Tuesday.

Keys to Victory
Kansas State has won four straight games in Big 12 Conference play since a setback at Oklahoma State on Jan. 3, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks, as it has held opponents to an average of just 57.0 points during its win streak.

The Wildcats have held 11 consecutive foes to 65 or fewer points—the longest such streak in school history since the 1982-83 campaign.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 9-20 SU and 13-16 ATS when tipping off as underdogs.

 

A Huge Win
Iowa State comes off one of its biggest regular-season wins in school history, which can’t be ignored when looking over the  NCAA basketball odds as it captured a 86-81 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks as 3.5-point home favorites last Saturday when featured on ESPN’s GameDay.

The Cyclones are now looking to extend their home winning streak to 17 games, while they’ve also taken down their last nine conference opponents when playing in Ames, Iowa.

It’s important to point out that team’s four Big 12 affairs have been decided by 10 total points.

Since the start of the 2012-13 campaign, the Cyclones are 4-0 SU and 2-2 ATS as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points, with the UNDER going 3-1 in that situation.

 

Close Encounters
The Wildcats have fallen in defeat in their last three trips to this venue, but they’ve come by just an average of 4.6 points.

Kansas State will need a big performance offensively from Marcus Foster, who has averaged 17.3 points on 47.2 percent shooting in two previous meetings in this series, while Nigel Johnson poured in a career-best 17 points in a loss against Iowa State in last year’s Big 12 Championship.

 

High Scoring
The Cyclones are the Big 12’s top scoring team and rank 15th nationally in averaging 80.3 points, as it possesses three of the league’s top scorers, with Georges Niang leading the way in the fifth spot at 14.9.

Iowa State has received a major lift recently by the perimeter play of Dustin Hogue, who is shooting 43 percent from long range and is second in the league in knocking down 2.9 threes a contest.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their top basketball selections, as the OVER has cashed the last three times the Wildcats have tipped off as road underdogs of 9.5 to 12 points.

Free College Basketball Pick:  Over 137 at Bookmaker

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