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Take Points With Iowa vs Iowa State on NCAAB Lines

The Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones square off on Thursday in an always-interesting in-state rivalry matchup. While the two teams have gotten off to similar starts to the 2023-24 season, there are a few things that stand out about this matchup in terms of how the first few weeks have gone.

The Cyclones enter this game with two losses, but both came against solid opponents in Virginia Tech and Texas A&M. The wins on the schedule for Iowa State aren’t going to knock anyone’s socks off and, interestingly, that’s a similar boat to the one Iowa finds itself in.

Take Points With Iowa vs Iowa State on NCAAB Lines
Take Points With Iowa vs Iowa State on NCAAB Lines

The Hawkeyes are 5-3 and the three losses came against extremely tough talent. Two top-10 losses to Creighton (by eight) and No. 4 Purdue – both on the road – are more than understandable. Tack on a loss to Oklahoma, and it makes all three marks in the loss column far less tough to swallow. But then we’re right back to the quality of victories, and Iowa is lacking in that department as well.

Iowa vs Iowa State Head-to-Head

Iowa has had Iowa State’s number throughout its long history on the hardwood, holding a 48-28 advantage over the Cyclones. That trend has stood true over the past five matchups as well, dating back to the 2018 season. Iowa has won four of the last five meetings, including a 75-56 victory last season.

Iowa vs Iowa State Game Information

  • Game: Iowa (5-3) vs Iowa State (6-2)
  • Date/Time: Dec 7, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: James H. Hilton Coliseum, Ames, IA
  • Iowa vs Iowa State Live Stream: TBS.com


Iowa vs Iowa State Betting Lines


Iowa vs Iowa State Game Prediction

Although both Iowa and Iowa State have played a few solid teams to start the season, I think this is a game where the Hawkeyes benefit from a few brutal matchups against top teams, specifically Creighton and Purdue. The Cyclones have been good at home, but if Iowa can knock down threes early, a primary focus of its offensive attack, it’s going to make this game an interesting one from start to finish.

All that said, Iowa State’s defensive play thus far should be applauded. I think it’ll do just enough as the second half winds on to pull out a win, but the Cyclones are laying seven points, which is just too many here against Iowa.

Predicted Score: Iowa State 74, Iowa 70

Worth Targeting the Total?

The Iowa State defense has impressed, and at home against the rival Hawkeyes, I think it makes the ultimate difference. And to go off that, I simply think the over/under of 153 is slightly too high. Obviously, there’s a world where Iowa gets hot from three and we see Iowa State’s focus shift a bit too much to the offensive side, but I think the total stays low on Thursday night.

NCAAB Pick: Under 153 (-110)

Worth Betting ATS?

Iowa checking in as a seven-point underdog here is arguably one of the most interesting NCAA picks basketball today. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Hawkeyes pull off the win and I really don’t mind dabbling a bit on their moneyline as well. Overall, playing it safe and getting a decent number for an Iowa team that’s shown some flashes of being able to hang with very good teams is a strong spot.

NCAAB Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes +7 (-110)



Questions Of The Day

Between Iowa and Iowa State, who will hit the first 3-pointer?

I’ll take Iowa to knock down a 3-pointer first.

Are there any injuries or suspensions between Iowa vs Iowa State?

Iowa State forward Hason Ward will miss this game with a foot injury.

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