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December 7, 2017

There is one pick tonight.

Take Iowa State -6 spread (buy the half point) against Iowa for 3% of the bankroll.

The Cyclones, who are coming off a 94-80 victory against Northern Illinois on Monday, have won five straight games after starting the season with back-to-back losses and hope to acquire bragging rights in the state of Iowa for the next year by avenging a 78-64 defeat to the Hawkeyes last season. The Cyclones should have a great shot at gaining their revenge as Iowa has been slumping recently, having lost 3 straight games, while averaging just 64 points per game during their skid.

Given how poorly they have been playing, this is an extremely difficult matchup for the Hawkeyes. Not only with the Cyclones be looking to avenge last year's loss, but the Cyclones have taken 6 of the last 8 meetings in this rivalry, and Iowa hasn't been able to knock off the Cyclones in Ames in over 13 years! The Hawkeyes have a ton of size on their roster, however, they haven't really gelled on the court. They have been sloppy with their play and have committed 50 turnovers during its losing skid. That is a recipe for disaster against an explosive offense like Iowa State and Iowa cannot afford to give this team extra, unearned possessions and expect to keep up on the scoreboard.

The oddsmakers have listed this at a fairly high total which indicates that this matchup will be played at an up-tempo pace. If that is the case, that will undoubtedly favor the Cyclones. After a couple of early season losses, this Iowa State team has been finding their groove and come into this rivalry matchup on a 5-game winning streak. The Cyclones are the better team and will simply have too much offense for Iowa to keep up. This game may be close in the early going, but the Cyclones will pour it on in the second half on their way to a decisive win and cover.

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