February 3, 2014

Basketball Pick: Iowa State at Oklahoma State

Iowa State Cyclones at Oklahoma State Cowboys

Date/Time: February 3rd, 9:00 p.m. EST

TV: ESPN

College Basketball Betting Odds from Bovada

The college basketball season is now taking center stage after the Super Bowl signaled an end to the football season. From now until March the sports betting world will be firmly focused on the college basketball world and the many marquee matchups that take place during the week. It all starts on Big Monday as the Iowa State Cyclones go up against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a battle in the Big Ten.

Game Overview:

This ESPN televised game will feature two big time teams that are firmly sitting in the college basketball rankings and eager to improve. These two teams are knotted in the standings which makes this a very crucial game for both teams.

The Cowboys come into this game reeling. The loss against the Baylor Bears was the third in four games for the Cowboys, who have suddenly gone from a Big 12 favorite to a .500 team at 4-4 in the conference. The Bears connected on 11 of their 23 three-point attempts, despite coming into the game making just 35 percent of their attempts in Big 12 play. The Cowboys will have to play much better defense in this home game if they hope to snap this skid.

The Cyclones hope to take advantage of a down on their luck Cowboys team looking for answers. It won’t be easy on the road in an ESPN televised game.

The latest college basketball betting trends reveal that the both teams have some negative trends heading into this game. The Cyclones are 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 road games when going up against a team with a winning home record, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games when going against a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600, and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cowboys are 9-22 ATS in their last 31 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record, 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games when going against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 when playing against an opponent in the Big 12 conference.

The recent meetings show that the trends favor one team over another. The home team is 8-3-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings, the favorite is 9-2-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings and the Cyclones are 1-5-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Oklahoma St.

The big difference in this game is the home court advantage and the Cowboys will win big and beat the Cyclones.

Free Pick: Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Cole Ryan

Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.

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