The Iowa State Cyclones (3-2) square off against the Alabama Crimson Tide (2-3) in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 28, 2019, and will air on ESPN2.
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Alabama Crimson Tide ATS Prediction
The last time the Cyclones played, they were beaten by the Michigan Wolverines, 83-76. Michigan’s 0.250 free throw rate was their biggest strength over Iowa State, who had a rate of 0.159. The Wolverines’ mark was above their season average of 0.161, while the Cyclones’ was below their season average of 0.191. Tyrese Haliburton was the top scorer from either team with 25 points on 11-for-24 shooting.
The Crimson Tide fell to the No. 6 North Carolina Tar Heels in their last outing, 76-67. North Carolina’s free throw rate was their largest strength over Alabama. The Tar Heels had a rate of 0.183 (below their season average of 0.230), while the Crimson Tide posted a mark of 0.059 (below their season average of 0.252). With 23 points on 7-for-11 shooting, John Petty Jr. was the top scorer from either team.
The offense of Alabama will square off against the stingy defense of Iowa State. Since the 2018-19 season, the Crimson Tide rank 209th in offensive efficiency, while the Cyclones are 95th in defensive efficiency. The Cyclones figure to have the edge on that end of the court. Additionally, the Cyclones rank 22nd in turnover percentage (15.9 percent), while the Crimson Tide rank 302nd in opponents’ turnover percentage (17.1 percent).
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Pick
College Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – Alabama, O/U – Over
Iowa State ranks 56th in steals per game (7.4) while Alabama ranks 279th (4.8).
The Cyclones average 4.7 blocks per game, which ranks 25th in the NCAA. The Crimson Tide rank 236th in blocks allowed per game (4.2).
Iowa State ranks 34th in assists per game (15.5) while Alabama ranks 221st (12.5).
The Crimson Tide average 38.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 50th in the nation. The Cyclones rank 189th in rebounds allowed per game (35.4).
Alabama ranks 174th in three pointers attempted per game (22.0) while Iowa State ranks 223rd in three pointers allowed per game (23.3).