NCAA College Basketball Betting Preview: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Iowa State Cyclones – Friday, Dec. 11, 2020

As college basketball season picks up the pace a bit in December, the rivalry games for many teams start to come into play. Friday night, the Iowa State Cyclones are set to face in-state rivals, the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Players and fans alike hope that Covid doesn’t have any more surprises in 2020. This past week saw a Big Ten/ACC Challenge game between Michigan State and Virginia get cancelled, as well as Duke pulling their team out of all non-conference games.

As of now, this game is scheduled to go off without a hitch. Iowa State comes in 1-1, while Iowa comes in 4-0, ranked 3rd in the latest AP Poll. Tip-off is set for 8:00 pm CST, you won’t want to miss it.

Iowa State Missing The Mayor

Since former head coach Fred Hoiberg left Ames, Iowa for greener pastures, or so he thought, Iowa State has fallen right off of a cliff. The team went from perennial NCAA Tournament contenders to a team that is barely a bump in the road for tournament contenders.

Head coach Steve Prohm, now in his 6th season as the Cyclones leader, has led his team to 3 NCAA Tournaments since 2015 when he took over. Unfortunately for coach Prohm, his team’s in the other two seasons were well below .500.

Prohm must get his teams to play much more consistent if he wants to remain above .500 this season. And with the Cyclones schedule, that may not be easy.

The Cyclones are led by their upperclassmen guards, Jalen Coleman-Lands and Rasir Bolton. Coleman-Lands averages over 14 points per game. Bolton averages 13 while also tacking on 7 rebounds and 6 assists.

The major issue for them is their lack of depth and efficiency. Outside of their starting five, they just don’t have that x-factor that you can rely on. Their offensive efficiency barely ranks in the top 100 in the country, sitting at 96th and their defensive efficiency is a putrid 163rd in the country.

When playing one of the most efficient teams in the country on offense, that just won’t do. We will see if the Cyclones are able to find consistency down the stretch.

Iowa and the Big Ten Show

The Big Ten has shown no regard for the basketball lives of others this season. They’re mowing through opponents and showing everyone why they’re the best conference in the nation.

In the pre-season, there were those that wondered who the best team in the Big Ten actually was. After all, they have 3-4 worthy candidates. Iowa has kicked off the season with a resounding, “we are.”

Senior forward Luka Garza and junior guard Jow Wieskamp lead the way for the Hawkeyes. Garza is averaging nearly 30 points per game and may go down as the greatest player in the history of Iowa basketball.

In the 4 wins that they kicked the season off with, the closest an opponent has come to them is 13 points. 13 points. Barely within striking distance. If Iowa keeps it up, the conversation may shift from best team in the Big Ten, to best team in the country.

Your Favorite Iowa

So bettors will be charged with choosing their favorite Iowa team on Friday…and that shouldn’t be a difficult task. Iowa State lacks efficiency, while Iowa is one of the more efficient teams in the country on both ends of the floor.

BetOnline has Iowa favored by 13 heading into the matchup, which seems like quite a spread. It isn’t. Not for Iowa. Iowa wins this game and covers easily in blowout fashion. Take Iowa and get the W with them.

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