College Basketball Betting Preview: Iowa State Cyclones vs. Texas Longhorns – Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021

The Texas Longhorns look to avoid a let down after a huge win against Kansas when they host Iowa State on Tuesday night. The Longhorns embarrassed the Jayhawks over the weekend and look to continue their road “back” to being a power program in the Big XII

The Longhorns enter the game as a 12-point home favorite with the total being set at 139 points. The game will tip off at 8:00 PM EST.

More of a rainstorm than a cyclone

It’s difficult to say anything about Iowa State other than that they have been really bad this season. At just 2-5 overall coming into the game, Steve Prohm’s group has only logged wins over Arkansas Pine-Bluff and Jackson State on the season. Two programs that rank well into the 300’s in Kenpom.

Iowa State is actually not without talent as guards Rasir Bolton and Jalen Coleman-Lands are good players while Solomon Young and Javan Johnson also average double figures. The Cyclones did give the Baylor Bears are pretty solid run for their money last weekend so it is possible that this team is turning the corner.

If they are going to make that turn they simply need to take better care of the ball as they currently rank 311th in the nation in offensive turnover percentage. Against Baylor, they actually led the game late in the second half but fell apart down the stretch.
Iowa State is just 2-5 against the spread on the season and 0-3 straight up as the dog. The total has gone under in five of their seven games this season.

Is Texas finally “back”

The question has been asked too many times since Shaka Smart took over the program in Austin. Is Texas back to being a dominant force in the Big XII that they were for so many years under Rick Barnes. The answer? Maybe.

Texas is one of the most talented rosters in the entire country now that Kai Jones has shown that his development has gone through the roof. The backcourt of Courtney Ramey and Matt Coleman is both offensively explosive and defensively competent while freshman Greg Brown brings a certain style and flair to the team. Coleman and Ramey lead the team in scoring at just under 14 points and over three assists per game a piece. Both guards also kick in better than a steal per game for good measure.

The Longhorns are 5-4 against the spread overall on the season and just 2-3 ATS in true home games. They are a perfect 6-0 record straight up when they are favored. The total has gone under in five of their nine games this season.

Iowa State vs Texas (-12) Total: 139

Bovada has Texas favored at home by 12 points after the spread opened at (-14). The Longhorns are heavily juiced at (-900) on the moneyline while Iowa State is (+550). The total sits at 139 points after opening at 138.5.

The Pick

Texas should win this game and win easily. If the spread continues to shrink you should consider waiting to place your wager. There may be a contingent that is high on Iowa State game after their first 30 minutes against a Baylor team ranked in the top five. However, after watching Texas annihilate the Kansas Jayhawks at Phog Allen Fieldhouse, it’s hard not to simply lay 12 against a bad Iowa State team on the road.

Spooky Express Free Betting Pick: Texas -12

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