NCAAB Betting Iowa State vs. Brigham Young

Joe Freda

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 2:03 PM GMT

Wednesday’s NCAAB betting has the foes squaring off, with BYU listed as home ‘chalk.’ Where does our money lie for our NCAA basketball picks?

The Brigham Young Cougars and Iowa State Cyclones have shot out of this year’s gate with unbeaten marks, uniting for a 3-1 spread record in the duo’s four ‘board’ battles. 

Cyclones, Hogue top Wolverines

Iowa State rose to No. 21 in the AP rankings with Sunday’s 77-70 victory over the Michigan Wolverines, cashing as a one-point home favorite. The Cyclones held Michigan to 42 percent field shooting, while erasing an eight-point deficit in the second half.

Cyclones forward Dustin Hogue logged his season’s first double-double, finishing with 12 points and 10 boards. Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim hit of 8-of-14 floor shots en route to 22 points, while mate DeAndre Kane notched six of his squad’s 16 assists.

The affair’s combined 147 points ‘pushed’ the closing NCAAB odds ‘total,’ while Cyclones guard Naz Long drilled 4-of-6 buckets beyond the arc. Iowa State came away with a 13-for-19 day at the foul line, while outrebounding the Wolverines, 36-32.

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Cougars, Austin cruise at home

Brigham Young remains home after this past weekend’s pair of ‘cupcake’ clashes with the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers and Mesa State Mavericks. The lopsided affairs were left off the board by NCAAB odds makers, staged as part of this year’s CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

BYU came away with a 108-76 victory in Friday’s duel with Mount St. Mary’s, shooting 60.3 percent from the floor. The Cougars followed up the triumph with Saturday’s 84-60 win over Mesa State, despite connecting from three-point land at a cold 1-for-21 clip.

Brigham Young’s Nate Austin grabbed a combined 21 boards through the two contests, while adding five assists and three blocks. Cougars forward Eric Mika remains the team’s top field shooter at 65.5 percent, with guard Kyle Collinsworth notching a sizable 13.3 PPG and 6.3 APG. 

Back BYU as home ‘chalk’

Brigham Young opened as a 5 ½-point home favorite at The Greek, while the shop offered a money line of minus 240. BYU’s Tyler Haws (29.5 PPG) has missed two games with an abdominal injury, but expects to play despite a “questionable” status.

I am laying the points with Brigham Young here, looking for the Cougars to pick up a statement win over a ranked foe.

BYU cashed for my followers in their most recent ‘board’ battle, topping Stanford in a 112-103 victory as a 4 ½-point road dog. Haws piled in 31 points, while combining with Austin for eight boards each.

Iowa State logged a 0-3 ATS mark in last year’s first trio of contests as an underdog, giving up 80 PPG in that stretch. The Cyclones have barely cracked the Big 12’s top half in scoring, while entering the “Beehive State” with BYU looking for revenge after last December’s 83-62 defeat in Ames.

Brigham Young leads the West Coast Conference in rebounding (45.3 RPG), while shooting a respectable 50.2 percent from the field. The Cougars’ victory over Stanford moved Dave Rose’s crew to 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven spots against foes with winning records.

Look for BYU to pick up another cashed ticket here for our sports picks, ending the Cyclones’ winning streak.

NCAAB Pick: Brigham Young Cougars -5 ½ at The Greek