Iowa State vs. Oklahoma
The No. 25 ranked Oklahoma Sooners (14-9, 9-8 in the Big 12) take on the Iowa State Cyclones (2-21, 0-18 in the Big 12) on Wednesday in their opening-round contest in the Big 12 Conference Tournament.
Oklahoma has won the last three meetings between these teams, but they are 4-6 in the last 10 meetings overall. The Sooners defeated Iowa State both times this season, winning in Norman back on February 6, 79-72, and defeating the Cyclones in Ames on February 20, 66-56.
The Sooners limp into this contest, losers of four straight games, including a 69-65 loss to Texas on Thursday. Oklahoma is 0-5 ATS in the last five games and 1-6 ATS in the last seven. They have not earned a victory since defeating Iowa State back on February 20.
Oklahoma is shooting 43.8% from the field and 33.3% from three-point range. They are averaging 36.4 rebounds per contest while opponents are averaging 36.7 per game. The Sooners are averaging 75.1 ppg while allowing 69.1 contest.
Oklahoma is led in scoring by Austin Reaves who is averaging 17.5 ppg. He is also the leading rebounder at 5.7 per contest and leads the team in assists at nearly 5 per game. De’Vion Harmon is second at 13.0 points per contest. Brady Manek is averaging 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
He came to Norman as a spot-up shooter.
— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) March 9, 2021
Iowa State lost every one of their conference games this season. However, they have covered the spread in some instances. They are 3-6-1 ATS in the last 10. The Cyclones have not earned a victory since defeating Jackson State back on December 20. They have lost 17 games since.
The Cyclones are shooting 41.8% from the field and 32.3% from three-point range. They are averaging 31.4 rebounds per contest while allowing 38.1 per game. Iowa State is averaging 65.3 ppg while allowing 76.6 points per contest. They rank in the bottom third in every offensive category.
Rasir Bolton has been the leader of this team all season, leading in points per game at 15.4 and assists per contest at 4.9. Jalen Coleman-Lands is second on the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game.
Solomon Young is the only other player averaging in double digits at 10.9 points per contest and he is second in rebounding at 4.5 per game. Combined, their five starters are averaging nearly 58 points per game, but there is not much help beyond coming from the bench.
College Basketball Pick – Oklahoma by 12.
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