Game of the Week CBB 10*

Game of the Week CBB 10*

Iowa State vs. Iowa, 12/06/2018 20:00 EDT, Score: 84 - 98

Money Line: -120 Iowa State

Sportsbook: Betonline

Result: Loss

Game of the Week - Rickenbach CBB Game #713 Thursday 10* Top Play Iowa State Cyclones (-) @ Iowa Hawkeyes @ 8 ET - As I mentioned in my write-up Monday when I faded Iowa and played Michigan State, the Hawkeyes were hoping for key contributions in the front-court this season from Jack Nunge and Cordell Pemsl. Both guys are out for the season. Granted they were not their stars but Iowa could ill afford to lose depth. Even though guard Joe Wieskamp - a freshman - has stepped up for the Hawkeyes in the back-court, he is currently dealing with an ankle injury. He is expected to start tonight but don't be surprised if it flares up on him. The bigger issue for the Hawkeyes is their front-court as they continue to allow a ton of points in the paint. Though the Cyclones tend to go with a lineup comprised of 4 perimeter players with 1 big man, they can also adjust that if they want but why tinker with what is working great? The fact is that Iowa State has gotten huge contributions from big man Michael Jacobson and they are already 7-1 this season and playing much better defense than the Hawkeyes. Keep in mind, Iowa had a huge problem with defense last season and it has continued to be their Achilles heel this season as well. Plus compounding the issue for Iowa is that now they are not shooting well either. The Hawkeyes have been held to 39% or less from the field in 3 straight games. I love the fact here that, from a public perspective, Iowa will be attractive as they are at home and are the ranked team and are seeking revenge but yet are the dog here. In a situation like this I'll gladly take the better team that is unranked and on the road. Don't be fooled by the line here folks. In fact, keep in mind, the best value for those of you with access to it is to grab the money line here (currently in the -120 range as of early Thursday morning). The Hawkeyes are on an ugly 4-9 SU run against teams that allow 64 points or less per game. The Cyclones are 19-10 SU when off a game in which they scored 80 points or more and they stay red hot here and dominate this rivalry match-up. 10* IOWA STATE

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