Iowa State To Overcome Test As Road Team vs. Texas Tech

Iowa State Cyclones player in action

Charles Stark

Monday, February 20, 2017 2:34 PM GMT

Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 2:34 PM GMT

In December Iowa State handled Texas tech winning at home to open up Big 12 play. Today they have to travel to take on the Red Raiders and oddsmakers have made them a small underdog. Can the Cyclones sweep the season series?

Iowa State

Iowa State has won three games in a row and pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year at Kansas a couple weeks back. This is a solid team that averages 80.7 points per game while shooting 38.7% from distance and rank ninth in the country in field goals attempted per game. Head coach Steve Prohm has always stressed getting up and down the floor as a priority and Iowa State does that rather efficiently. 

Surprisingly, on the other side of the ball, they actually have some nice defensive statistics allowing opponents to shoot just 42.4% overall from the field and 34.2% from distance. This is a very difficult spot tonight taking on a Texas Tech team that is well coached and is up and coming in the league. However, I believe Iowa State is the better team overall and can win this game straight up so I will grab them getting any kind of points all due respect to Texas Tech.

 

Texas Tech

Texas Tech has lost three out of their last four games but has been very competitive in those matchups. Despite the fact they have had their share of losses this season on closer look they been really competitive and I’m a bit surprised they are laying under a bucket in this matchup. Offensively they have some solid statistics shooting 48.4% overall from the floor and 38.2% from distance ranking them 17th and 48th in the country respectively. 

They have struggled somewhat the on the other side of the ball ranking in the bottom half of NCAA basketball in most defensive statistics but are highlighted by allowing opponents to shoot 43% from the field. Although they are at home and are definitely on their way up with new coach Chris Beard I just think Iowa State is a little bit more polished and will not be intimidated playing on the road. Look for this game to go down the wire and possibly to the final shot which makes getting any points in my opinion valuable.

 

Iowa State Cyclones vs Texas Tech Red Raiders  

Oddsmakers have come out making Iowa State a +1.5 underdog and for my NCAA basketball pick, I will take them in this spot. You might want to wait to see where this line moves as I’m imagining a lot of people will jump on Texas Tech laying the small number but Iowa State is road tested, a little bit better, and in my opinion should come in and win this game straight up.

 Free NCAAB Pick: Iowa State +1.5Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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