NCAA Basketball Picks: Grab Iowa State +3.5 vs. Oklahoma In Huge Big 12 Clash

Charles Stark

Thursday, March 10, 2016 1:42 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016 1:42 PM UTC

In what should be one of the faster pace games of the Big 12 tournament Iowa State meets Oklahoma. NCAA basketball odds makers have made the Sooners a small favorite. 

NCAA basketball odds makers have come out making Oklahoma a -3.5 favorite and the total around 161. For one of my selections today I think this puts some good value on Iowa State so I will back them in this spot getting the points. This game has all the makings of going down to the wire and Iowa State has a legitimate chance to pull off the upset.


Iowa State Cyclones
Iowa State ranks 13th in the country averaging 82 points per game and second in the country shooting 50.3% from the field. Scoring has not been the issue with the Cyclones this season as they have been able to put up points in a hurry. Offensively they rank first in the country and field goals made per game, fifth at 56.9% on their two point shooting percentage, and sixth in effective field-goal percentage. This will not be an easy game for them by any stretch of the imagination but on the year this team has been competitive even in their losses. Although on paper it looks like they have had a down year, don't be surprised if this team makes a strong push in the tournament. They matchup very well with Oklahoma and what is good for them is that the Sooners are a team that like to push the pace. Another key statistic is that despite their lack of defense Iowa State defends from beyond the arc decently well allowing opponents to shoot just 34.1% from distance.


Oklahoma Sooners
Oklahoma averages 80.9 points per game which ranks them 18th in the country and they shoot 43% from beyond the arc ranking second. This has been a very good year for Oklahoma and earlier in the season I thought they had a very good shot to win the Big 12 title. They come into this game having won their last two games but they have not faced the team with the offensive explosiveness of Iowa State in about a month which was the last time they faced Kansas. They rely so much on the three point shot that if they have trouble from this area they can really struggle as they only shoot 47.8% on their two point shots which ranks in the bottom half of NCAA basketball. Last time out against Iowa State despite the loss they shot over 50% from distance making 17 three-pointers. This is the crux of the issue tonight and I believe Iowa State will be more than ready to defend Oklahoma from this area. This game will more than likely go to the buzzer. Let's make our NCAA basketball pick now!

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Iowa State +3.5
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