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2018-12-07T01:00:00.000Z 2018-12-07T01:00:00.000Z - College Basketball

713 Iowa State Cyclones
vs.
714 Iowa Hawkeyes

Date

Sport/Type

Pick

Score

Odds

Size

W/L

$

Thursday

CBB Sides

Iowa

98-84

+1½

3

W

300

Analysis
Surprisingly, or not, Pomeroy rates the Hawkeyes as having the 10th best home court advantage, although in such a rivalry you'd not expect them to need it. Iowa is somewhat under valued off that loss at Michigan State, and the previous loss at home to a very good Wisconsin team in a game that could have gone either way, and this is Iowa State's first true road game, and last season they didn't win ONE road game. Iowa is a great FT shooting team and have scored a whopping 30% of their points from the stripe and at home where they're more likely to get calls that's perhaps even bigger. They've got a sizable length advantage and because they'll play quick, ISU's shorter bench might be an issue as the game goes on. Last season Iowa only had one home game that was a bad loss, to Purdue - so a home team catching a point or two is just too much not to fire on.

Early PM thoughts:
I may take Utah, but many of you already have. I will also likely ML parlay the Titans and Drake (CBB). Drake is just where the money is, and I cannot see J'ville winning but in a low scoring game can't lay the points. It's about +145 which beats other alternatives, and missing Drake PK is the other real reason why I may well do that. I won't enter it because many people can't or don't have that option.
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