Iowa State Cyclones vs Oklahoma Sooners Big 12 Tournament Betting OddsJosh Bailey
The number 3 seeded Oklahoma Sooners (24-6, 12-6 Big 12) take on the number 6 seeded Iowa State Cyclones (21-10, 10-8 Big 12) in the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday, March 10. The game takes place at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Tip-off is at 9:00 pm.
Oklahoma has won 4 out of its last 5. The Sooners go into the Big 12 Tournament having won 2 straight. Iowa State has won 3 out of its last 5. The Cyclones enter the Big 12 Tournament off of a 78 to 85 loss to number one ranked Kansas on March 5.
A Closer Look at How To Bet the Iowa State Cyclones vs Oklahoma Sooners Big 12 Tournament College Basketball Betting Odds
The college basketball betting odds favor the Sooners by 3-points to beat the Cyclones. Iowa State has gone 14-13-1 ATS overall this season. The Cyclones are 6 and 5 ATS in away games this season. They should have some success over the neutral court in this battle. Oklahoma is 12 and 16 ATS overall this season. The Sooners are 4 and 8 ATS in away games this season.
What: No. 21 Iowa State Cyclones (21-10) at No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners (24-6)
When: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Where: Kansas City, Missouri
Stadium: Sprint Center
Spread: Sooners -3
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Listen: Iowa State vs Oklahoma
Bet The No. 6 seeded Iowa State Cyclones Because…
The last time that Iowa State battled the Oklahoma Sooners, they beat Oklahoma 82 to 77. The game took place on January 18. In that battle, Iowa State allowed Isaiah Cousins to score 26 points. The Cyclones allowed Buddy Hield to score 27. But Iowa State held the rest of the Sooners to a combined 24 points. Even though Oklahoma shot 53% from three when making 17 out of 32 shots, the Cyclones played well enough to secure the win. Iowa State might just match up well with Oklahoma.
Bet The No. 3 seeded Oklahoma Sooners Because…
Oklahoma has tightened its defense. The Sooners allowed Iowa State to shoot 46.9% from the field when making 30 out of 64 shots. The Oklahoma D allowed the Cyclones to shoot 38% from three when Iowa State made 8 out of 21 shots. Oklahoma’s defense is much better now than it was then. The Sooners held West Virginia to 33% shooting both from the field and from three in a 76 to 62 road win on Feb. 20. In a 73 to 71 win over Baylor on March 1, Oklahoma kept the Bears to 54 shots from the field while shooting 59 from the field. They held the Bears to 21 three-point shots while shooting 29.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Oklahoma has Buddy Hield who should have his usual 25 to 30 points in this game. That would put pressure on Iowa State to score with Hield. The Cyclones did a good job of stopping everybody but Hield and Cousins in the first matchup. That probably won’t happen on Thursday since both Jordan Woodward and Ryan Spangler have been contributing in recent Oklahoma games.
The key for Oklahoma will be to limit Iowa State’s shots. Oklahoma gave up way too many shots to the Cyclones in the battle on January 18. If the Sooners can hold the Cyclones to around 50 to 60 shots in this game Thursday, they might be able to beat Iowa State. I like the Sooners to win this battle.