Free College Basketball Picks Today: Iowa State Cyclones vs Kansas State Wildcats 1/24/23

Free College Basketball Picks Today: Iowa State Cyclones vs Kansas State Wildcats 1/24/23
Tue 24th January 2023

The No. 5 Kansas State Wildcats (17-2, 6-1 Big 12) will try to overcome one of the nation’s top scoring defenses when they are on the road to face the No. 12 Iowa State Cyclones (14-4, 5-2 Big 12) on Tuesday. Kansas State defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders 68-58 at Fred Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday.

Markquis Nowell was the key player with 23 points and eight rebounds. The Wildcats remain first in the Big 12 Conference. Iowa State lost a close one on Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena, falling to the Oklahoma State Cowboys 61-59. Osun Osunniyi had 15 points and three blocks in the losing effort to lead the team.

The Cyclones slipped to third in the Big 12 Conference.The teams are meeting for the only time this season. Kansas State and Iowa State split their matchups last season, taking one game apiece. The Cyclones took the last meeting 74-73 at Fred Bramlage Coliseum in February 2022. Nijel Pack led both teams in scoring with 32 points in the loss.

Caleb Grill had 18 points for the Cyclones, while Tyrese Hunter played a key role with 13 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds. The Wildcats have been led this season by Keyontae Johnson and Nowell, who are averaging 18.5 and 16.7 points per game, respectively. Johnson also has grabbed 7.4 rebounds per game, while Nowell has dished 8.2 assists per game, second-most in the country.

Jaren Holmes (12.9 ppg) and Gabe Kalscheur (12.8) have been the primary providers for the Cyclones on offense. Grill is averaging 4.1 rebounds per game, and Tamin Lipsey is doling out 4.8 assists. The Cyclones are one of the top scoring defenses in the nation, ranking eighth with 58.6 points per game allowed.

The Wildcats are 4-6 in their last 10 trips to James H. Hilton Coliseum.Kansas State is 9-1 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +9.7 (82.1-72.4).

For the season, the Wildcats are averaging 77.9 points per game, compared to 67.5 for opponents. Iowa State has gone 7-3 over the last 10, scoring 69.6 points per game on average while allowing 60.1 (+9.5 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Ismael Massoud: 11.0 | 6.0 | +5.0
David N’Guessan: 0.0 | 8.9 | -8.9


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Gabe Kalscheur: 24.0 | 16.8 | +7.2
Aljaz Kunc: 0.0 | 10.2 | -10.2
Points per game:
Gabe Kalscheur: 18.6 | 12.8 | +5.8
Rebounds per game:
Osun Osunniyi: 5.6 | 3.9 | +1.7

SportsTips’ College Basketball Pick:

Iowa State -5.5 (-110)

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