Iowa State vs Houston Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/19/24

Houston (22-3) vs Iowa State (20-5)

Game Info: Monday, February 19, 2024 at 9:00 pm (Fertitta Center)

Betting Odds: Houston -9.5 -- Over/Under: 128.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Iowa State Cyclones will play the Houston Cougars in a Big 12 game on Monday night at the Fertitta Center in Houston, Texas. Iowa State has won four games in a row, while Houston is on a three game winning streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Iowa State vs Houston prediction.

Iowa State Preview

The Iowa State Cyclones are 20-5 (9-3) this year after they defeated Texas Tech by a score of 82-74 in their last game. Iowa State led 38-24 at the half and they were able to get the win, despite allowing 50 points in the second half. The Cyclones shot 47.1% from the field and forced 16 turnovers in the game. Iowa State has also defeated Cincinnati, TCU, and Texas during this winning streak. The Cyclones are scoring 78.7 points per game with 34.5 rebounds per game and 16.6 assists per game, while giving up 62.5 points against per game this year. Keshon Gilbert is averaging 14.2 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game, and 4.1 assists per game. Iowa State is shooting 47.6% from the field, 69.4% on free throws, and 35.3% on three pointers this season. 

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Houston Preview

The Houston Cougars are 22-3 (9-3) this season after they defeated Texas by a score of 82-61 in their last game. Houston led 40-27 at halftime and they scored 42 points in the second half in the win. The Cougars shot 46.8% from the field and were +11 in rebounding margin in the game. Houston has won three games in a row and eight of their last nine. The Cougars are scoring 73.9 points per game with 39.8 rebounds per game and 13 assists per game, while allowing 55 points against per game this season. L.J. Cryer is averaging 15.3 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game, and 1.9 assists per game. Houston is shooting 43.4% from the field, 67.7% on free throws, and 34.6% on three pointers this year. 

Iowa State vs Houston Betting Prediction

Both of these teams come into this game tied for first in the Big 12 standings, so this is a huge game in the conference. Houston does have the home court advantage and they are elite on defense, allowing just 55 points against per game. Iowa State has been solid on defense as well, but they are the much better offensive team. This should be a great game to watch and I really think Iowa State has a chance to win, so give me the points with the Cyclones. 

David’s Pick Iowa State +9.5

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