It will be a battle between Big 12 opponents when the Iowa State Cyclones (7-7, 0-2 Big 12) welcome the Oklahoma Sooners (11-3, 2-0 Big 12) to James H. Hilton Coliseum. The game starts at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020, and will air on ESPN2.
Oklahoma Sooners at Iowa State Cyclones Free Prediction
The last time the Sooners played, they topped the Texas Longhorns, 72-62. The Sooners had a better free throw rate (0.179 vs. 0.094) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.554 (above their season average of 0.480). With 22 points on 8-for-16 shooting, Kristian Doolittle was the game’s high scorer.
The Cyclones were blown out by the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks in their last contest, 79-53. Kansas’ 0.241 free throw rate was their biggest strength over Iowa State, who had a mark of 0.086. The Jayhawks’ mark was above their season average of 0.232, while the Cyclones’ was below their season average of 0.210. With 12 points on 4-for-14 shooting, Rasir Bolton was Iowa State’s leading scorer.
Iowa State should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Iowa State ranks 18th in the country at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.1 percent), while Oklahoma forces the 41st-fewest turnovers (17.5 percent).
After the Cyclones won both games against the Sooners last season, these teams will go head-to-head for the first time this year. In the most recent contest, Iowa State won 78-61. Iowa State’s free throw rate was their biggest strength over Oklahoma. The Cyclones had a rate of 0.204, while the Sooners posted a mark of 0.111.
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Iowa State Cyclones ATS Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – Oklahoma, O/U – Over
Iowa State ranks 71st in three pointers attempted per game (24.4) while Oklahoma ranks 260th in three pointers allowed per game (28.4).
The Cyclones rank 22nd in assists per game (16.6) while the Sooners rank 206th (11.5).
Oklahoma averages 38.4 rebounds per game, which ranks 72nd in the nation. Iowa State ranks 222nd in rebounds allowed per game (38.4).
The Cyclones rank 40th in steals per game (8.4) while the Sooners rank 131st (6.4).
Iowa State ranks 27th in blocks per game (5.1) while Oklahoma ranks 81st (3.7).
The Sooners’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.0, down from 5.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Cyclones have scored an average of 71.4 points per game (6.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 74.6 points per game (2.7 above their season average).