Washington State vs Iowa State Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/23/24

Iowa State (28-7) vs Washington State (25-9)

Game Info: Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 6:10 pm (CHI Health Center Omaha)

Betting Odds: Iowa State Cyclones -8 -- Over/Under: 129 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington State Cougars and the Iowa State Cyclones meet Saturday in NCAA Tournament Second Round college basketball action from CenturyLink Center Omaha. Here’s a Washington State vs Iowa State prediction. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for the game. We will examine:

• The Washington State recent form and player performance

• The Iowa State recent form and player performance

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving Washington State

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving Iowa State

• Recent betting trends in games played between Washington State and Iowa State

• A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for the Washington State vs Iowa State game

Washington State Betting Preview

The Cougars had an eight-game win streak going in late February and were looking very good. Washington State faltered a bit down the stretch on a 2-2 run, but still managed to beat Stanford in the conference tournament. Game two was a loss to Colorado 58-52, though.

In their First Round matchup versus Drake, the Cougars held a 33-29 advantage in the locker room. Washington State posted 33 points in the second half and managed to hold off the Bulldogs for a 66-61 win. Isaac Jones led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.

Iowa State Betting Preview

Over on the Cyclones’ side, they hit a 9-1 run late in the year prior to a regular-season-ending loss to Kansas State. Iowa State got revenge against Kanas State in the conference tournament, then took out Baylor and Houston in their next pair to keep the run going.

Iowa State didn’t have a lot of issues with South Dakota State in their First Round matchup. The Cyclones were up 40-33 going into the second half, then kept it going on a 42-32 run for an 82-65 victory. Iowa State’s Milan Momcilovic led the way on his 19 points and five boards.

Iowa State Cyclones Team Facts

  • Iowa State has won each of its last seven games against non-Conference opponents.
  • Each of Iowa State's last seven night games at a neutral venue have produced a total of 129+ points.
  • Iowa State has won the first half in each of its last eight games against non-Conference opponents.

Washington State Cougars Team Facts

  • Washington State has won each of its last six night games against non-Conference opponents.
  • Each of Washington State's last 10 Saturday games against non-Conference opponents have produced a total of 130+ points.
  • Washington State has lost the first half in each of its last seven games against the Big 12 Conference.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Iowa State ranks 2nd among Division 1 teams for opponent turnovers per game this season (17.8).
  • Iowa State ranks 2nd among Division 1 teams for opponent assist to turnover ratio this season (0.69).
  • Washington State ranks 16th among Division 1 teams for opponent assists per game this season (10.5).
  • Washington State ranks T17th among Division 1 teams for opponent three-point field goals made per game this season (5.8).

Washington State vs Iowa State Prediction

I’ll lean toward Iowa State. The Cyclones made short work of a pretty good South Dakota State team in their opening matchup, hitting 57.9 percent from the field and 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from 3-point range. Iowa State has now scored 69 or more points in four straight games during their current tournament run.

As for Washington State, they couldn’t quite distance themselves from a pesky Drake team in the opening matchup and ended up shooting just 38.2 percent overall with 13 turnovers. The Cougars have been below 69 points in each of their last three losses, so it’ll be imperative for Washington State to post some high-percentage shots in this one. In the end I don’t think they’ll quite keep up with Iowa State, though.

Andrew’s Pick Iowa State Cyclones -8

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