A high-scoring game should be expected when the Iowa State Cyclones (6-3) and the Iowa Hawkeyes (7-3) clash at James H. Hilton Coliseum. The game can be seen on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 12, 2019.
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Iowa State Cyclones Free Prediction
The last time the Hawkeyes played, they thoroughly outplayed the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 72-52. The Hawkeyes made 10 of their 14 free throws (71.4 percent), while the Golden Gophers had a turnover percentage of 19.9 (above their season average of 16.1). Iowa was led by Luka Garza, who put up 21 points and 10 rebounds.
The Cyclones defeated the No. 16 Seton Hall Pirates in their last contest, 76-66. The Cyclones made 26 of their 33 free throws (78.8 percent), while the Pirates had a turnover percentage of 21.4 (above their season average of 15.4). With 17 points, six rebounds and five blocks, Iowa State’s George Conditt IV played well.
The Hawkeyes won the sole game against the Cyclones last season, 98-84. The Hawkeyes had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (60.7 vs. 32.5) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.648 vs. 0.516).
The high-octane offense of Iowa State will square off against the mid-tier defense of Iowa. Dating back to the 2018-19 season, the Cyclones rank 72nd in offensive efficiency, while the Hawkeyes are 197th in defensive efficiency. The Cyclones should have the advantage on that end of the court. Also, the Hawkeyes rank 12th in turnover percentage (17.0 percent), while the Cyclones rank 23rd in opponents’ turnover percentage (20.1 percent).
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Iowa State Cyclones Free Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Iowa State, O/U – Over
Iowa State averages 15.3 assists per game, which ranks 23rd in the NCAA. Iowa ranks 191st in assists allowed per game (15.3).
The Hawkeyes rank 90th in rebounds per game (35.9) while the Cyclones rank 248th in rebounds allowed per game (35.6).
Iowa State averages 4.8 blocks per game, which ranks 10th in the nation. Iowa ranks 160th in blocks allowed per game (3.1).
The Cyclones average 23.4 three pointers per game, which ranks 79th in the country. The Hawkeyes rank 172nd in three pointers allowed per game (24.4).
Iowa State ranks 19th in steals per game (7.5) while Iowa ranks 100th (6.2).