Fresh off of its first loss of the season, #5 ranked Texas A&M will look to bounce back against the very good Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday, Jan. 30. The game takes place at Reed Arena, in College Station, Texas. Tip-off is at 2:00 pm ET
How To Bet the #16 Iowa State Cyclones Vs #5 Texas A&M Aggies College Hoops Line
The college hoops betting line favors the Aggies by 3.5-points to beat the Cyclones. Even though it is early, the point spread opened at the same line which indicates that the amount wagered is balanced on both sides.
What: No. 14 Iowa State Cyclones (16-4) at No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies (17-3)
When: Saturday, January 30, 2016
Kickoff: 2:00 PM ET
Where: College Station, Texas
Stadium: Reed Arena
Spread: Texas A&M Aggies -3.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Iowa State vs Texas A&M
Bet The #16 Iowa State Cyclones Because…
Iowa State has one of the top offenses in all of college basketball. Led by 19.2 points per game from Georges Niang, the Cyclones average 84.4 points per matchup. The offense shoots over 50% from the field. Iowa State is good from 37% from the three-point line. Iowa State’s fast paced offense has led to 4 straight wins both straight up and against the spread. The Cyclones are the only team in college basketball that, so far, has beaten the Oklahoma Sooners. Iowa State did it on Jan. 18 by an 82 to 77 score.
Bet The #5 Texas A&M Aggies Because…
A&M’s defense might be one of the best in the nation. The stats imply that the Aggies have just an okay defense. A&M allows 64 points per game. Opponents average around 40% from the field against the Aggies. But, then, handicappers look at the Aggies defense against the three-point ball and its dominance comes into focus. Texas A&M allows 32% success from the three-point line. That’s an exceptional stat. It’s especially exceptional considering how much teams rely on the three in today’s college basketball environment.
Current Season Records
The Iowa State Cyclones have performed well against the spread going 10-6, +340. SportsLine has a 14-2, +1180 record on point spread picks in Cyclones games. The Texas A&M Aggies have generated a profit against the spread going 7-6, +40 ATS. SportsLine picks are 7-6 +40 in Aggies games. Iowa State Cyclones games have come under more than over with an O-U record of 7-10. Texas A&M Aggies games have come under more than over with an O-U record of 6-9.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Texas A&M is 4-2-1 against the spread at home this season. The Aggies were undefeated up until a 71 to 74 loss to Arkansas on the road on Jan. 27. Iowa State plays the type of game that Arkansas plays.
But, college hoops handicappers have to figure that A&M’s defense will be much better at home on Saturday than it was on the road against Arkansas. The Aggies have held its last 2 home opponents to less than 60 points. It won’t do that to Iowa State, but there is a good chance the Cyclones don’t reach 70. I like the Texas A&M Aggies to bounce back in this matchup on Saturday.
My final prediction is Texas A&M 72, Iowa State 68.