Iowa State vs Oklahoma NCAA Basketball Odds & Preview

Posted by D.Zamzack on January 2, 2016 in

Iowa State comes into the Lloyd Noble Center with one of their best starts in recent history. An 11-1 record doesn’t typically come out of Iowa State, but right now they find themselves knocking on the door of Oklahoma for the Big 12 lead. If they end up knocking down the Sooners, the teams will be tied for the lead of the conference. This matchup is a fantastic game to end a great day of College Basketball betting, and even if you’re not planning to take some action on this game, be sure to tune in as it’s going to be a nail biting match. You can catch it this coming Saturday, January 2nd at 7:00 EST on ESPN2.

How to Bet on the Iowa State Cyclones vs the Oklahoma Sooners Odds & Game Preview

For Iowa State this game is going to be their biggest test of the season. The best team they’ve faced this season is Cincinnati, who they managed to pull away from in a close game. It’s hard to speculate on them so far to see if they’re for real. After this game we’ll know if Iowa is a real contender, or a poser under new coach Steve Prohm. Oklahoma has shown just how great they are already this season and their record shows for it at 11-0. They score in bunches and if ISU gives them an inch they’ll take a mile. The college basketball odds on this game have the Sooners listed as favorite (-8-110), so make sure to catch the game here at online sportsbook.

Why Bet on the Iowa State Cyclones:

If Oklahoma can’t stop Deonte Burton, this game might be closer than people expect. Iowa State may be better than people are giving them credit for. They have a whopping six players currently averaging double digits, not to mention they’re still finding a way to mesh under their new coach. This game is going to be a shootout, and in shootouts it could be easy to favor Iowa State. They average 86.1 points per game, and aren’t afraid to fire again and again. In this game they need to play their kind of basketball and can’t let Buddy Hield get on fire. If they can contain Oklahoma’s raging offense, they seriously stand a shot to not only beat the odds, but win the game outright.

Why Bet on the Oklahoma Sooners:

They’re 11-0 and the one ranked opponent they’ve played (Villanova), got destroyed by over 20 points. They could be the most complete team in the entire country, led by senior point guard Buddy Hield. When they get hot, they get hot. This is shown by their whopping 46.2% 3 point percentage. They’ve only let their guard up one time this year when Hawaii made them sweat over a 84-81 victory. Every other opponent they’ve faced lost by at least five points. The only thing you have to worry about with the Sooners is if they’re going to be looking forward to their matchup on January 4th with Kansas. If they’re focused on that game, I could see them dropping their guard and losing to a surprisingly good Iowa State team.

Expert Pick and Final Score Projection:

The Sooners show no reason as to why they’re going to lose this one. As good as Iowa State has looked, these teams are on different levels. Oklahoma is a championship contender, Iowa State simply isn’t, and they haven’t played any teams worth noting.

Final Score Projection: Iowa State 78 Oklahoma 85