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Iowa Hawkeyes vs Iowa State Cyclones 12/9/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Iowa State Cyclones 12/9/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Iowa Hawkeyes (7-2) are on their way to challenge the 17th ranked Iowa State Cyclones (8-0) in the NCAA men’s basketball inter-conference hard court duel at James H. Hilton Coliseum in Ames on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 9:00 PM ET.

 

Iowa played well at the start of the season with a 7-0 record after winning their first seven outings. However, the Hawkeyes suffered two successive losses at the hands of Purdue (70-77) and Illinois (83-87).

 

Iowa dropped to 13th place at 0-2 in the Big Ten Conference with a 7-2 overall standing while splitting their last two road matches this season.

 

The Hawkeyes’ defense allowed the Fighting Illini to gain a three-point lead in the first half and gave up an additional one-point advantage in the final half resulting in their four-point loss at 83-87 on December 6.

 

Forward Keegan Murray led the scoring for Iowa with 19 points while Guard Tony Perkins contributed 16 in the losing effort. Guard Ahron Ullis distributed 7 assists while Forward Filip Rebraca grabbed 8 rebounds.

 

Iowa outmatched Illinois in field goal shooting at 44.9% to 44.1% but outscored from the three-point range with 34.8% (8/23) to 44.0% (11/25) efficiency while converting just 13 of 19 (68.4%) free-throw attempts.

 

The Hawkeyes pulled down 23 total rebounds with 9 coming from the offensive end while distributing 16 assists in defeat. The defense for Iowa spoiled 5 shots while stealing the ball 9 times but wasted 4 turnovers and committed 21 personal fouls.

 

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Iowa Hawkeyes vs Iowa State Cyclones Predictions 12/9/2021

 

The 17th ranked Iowa State Cyclones will be defending their perfect 8-0 record in hosting this Inter-Conference face-off versus their rival Iowa State on Thursday. The Cyclones will try to extend their winning streak after they dispatched Creighton in their last outing on December 4.

 

Iowa State tied with Baylor in 1st place in the Big 12 Conference with an overall standing at 8-0 while winning all five games played at home this season. The Cyclones tied the score at 23-all in the first half but their offense rallied to gain a 6-point advantage in the second half on the way to their 64-58 victory over the Bluejays.

 

Fresh from the bench, SG Caleb Grill scored 16 points in leading Iowa State while Guard Izaiah Brockington added 12 with a team-high 7 rebounds.

 

Iowa State offense is 41.2% (21/51) shooting efficiency, connected 7 of 14 (50.0%) from the rainbow territory and made 15 of 20 (75.0%) from the charity stripe.

 

The Cyclones hauled down 20 defensive boards and grabbed 8 offensive rebounds while dishing out 11 assists. The Iowa State Cyclones’ defense ended up blocking 2 attempted shots with 11 steals but gave up the leather in 14 turnovers and committed 19 personal fouls in the game.          

 

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. #17 Iowa State Cyclones. The NCAAB Pick for this game is Iowa -3.5. The Cyclones’ strength will be tested in this match-up while the Hawkeyes will take their revenge after losing their last two outings.

 

Though Iowa State allowed just 60 PPG, Forward Keegan Murray will lead Iowa to a high-scoring triumph in this contest. The prediction: The Iowa Hawkeyes will win at 78-74.  

 

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Iowa Hawkeyes vs Iowa State Cyclones 12/9/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 9:00 PM ET

 

Location: James H. Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA

 

Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021

 

TV: ESPN2

 

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Iowa Hawkeyes -3.5  

 

NCAAB Totals: 151

 

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