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Houston Cougars at Iowa State Cyclones Betting Preview – Jan 9, 2024

The Houston Cougars travel to Ames Iowa to take on the Cyclones of Iowa State. Houston is one of the lone unbeaten teams left in College Basketball. Houston is 14-0 on the season. The Cougars are coming off a monster win at home over West Virginia on Saturday.

For Iowa State, they will look to improve upon their 11-3 mark. The Cyclones started their Big 12 slate on Saturday, and fell on the road at Oklahoma. The Cyclones started the season 4-0, but have gone 7-3 since.

The Houston Cougars are favorites in this game on the road. Houston is listed at -3.5. The total for this game is set at 131.5 for this game.

Unbeaten Cougars

The Houston Cougars moved up from #3 to #2 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Cougars and Jayhawks will meet February 3rd in Kansas, and then at the end of the season in Houston.

The Cougars are one of the best defensive teams in all of College Basketball. Houston is allowing just shy of 50 points per game. The Cougars are killing opponents, as their offense is scoring just under 77 points per game. Houston is also cleaning up the glass; with 41.1 rebounds per game.

The top scorer for Houston this season has been guard L.J. Cryer. He is scoring more than 18 points per game, playing 31 minutes per game. Cryer is also making 43.5% of his shots. Jamal Shead is dishing out 6.2 assists per game for the Cougars, while averaging just under 10 points per game.

Cyclones Seeking First Conference Win

The Iowa State Cyclones will look to grab their first Big 12 win of the season on Tuesday. Iowa State had their six game winning streak snapped. In all three games they have lost this season, Iowa State has allowed 71+ points. On the season, the Cyclones are allowing 59.9 per game.

Offensively, Iowa State has been pretty good. Tamin Lipsey is the top scorer for the Cyclones. He is scoring 14.7 points per game, and dishing out 6 assists per game. He is also shooting over 47% from the field. Second on the Cyclones in scoring has been guard Keshon Gilbert, with 13.8 per game.

Iowa State is playing their first of two home games. After this, Oklahoma State comes to town. Following that, they go on the road for back to back games at Brigham Young and TCU.

Cyclones With a Chance to Pull Stunner

The Iowa State Cyclones are going to want to get off to a good start. Getting behind Houston is a terrible recipe for success. Iowa State knows how talented Houston is, and will need to slow them down. 

The spread seems too high for this game. Houston is very good, but going on the road in a conference game is going to be interesting. We are going to bet the Iowa State Cyclones to cover this spread. We are not quite ready to make the Cyclones moneyline a bet, but it is one to consider! Take Iowa State +3.5 at home here!

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