Iowa State vs Iowa Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 8 (Can the Cyclones Stay Strong in Their Road Debut?)

Devon Platana
Iowa State vs Iowa prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Iowa State vs Iowa prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photo/ Matthew Putney
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Iowa State vs Iowa Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
No. 20 Iowa State Cyclones (7-1, 0-0 Away) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (6-2, 4-0 Home)
Date: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Venue: Carver-Hawkeye Arena — Iowa City, IA
Coverage: FS1

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Thursday, Dec. 8, including a Big 12-Big Ten showdown between the No. 20 Iowa State Cyclones and Iowa Hawkeyes.

Iowa State enters this one after winning back-to-back games, picking up a 71-60 win over St. John's in its last outing on Sunday. On the other hand, Iowa has lost two of its last three outings, including a 74-62 defeat at the hands of Duke on Tuesday.

Can Iowa State continue its winning streak with a strong road effort? Or will Iowa end its losing ways by ending the Cyclones' momentum?

Iowa State vs Iowa Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: ISU: (+152) | IOWA: (-184)
Spread: ISU: +4.5 (-115) | IOWA: -4.5 (-105)
Total: 138.5 - Over: (-114) | Under: (-106)

Iowa enters this contest as the slight favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 8 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 138.5 points, which is about average compared to Thursday's projected totals.

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Iowa State vs Iowa Prediction & Pick

Iowa State might be the only ranked school in this matchup, but Iowa has had the edge in this head-to-head rivalry, winning four of the last six meetings. In fact, the Hawkeyes have won each of the last three matchups where they're the home team, winning by an average margin of 18.7 points during that span.

Iowa State has the seventh-best scoring defense in the nation (56.8 PPG), but Iowa's ball movement and blistering offense (83.4 PPG, No. 10) should help them get the job done. If the Hawkeyes start hitting their shots, the Cyclones could be in trouble considering their offense has dipped to a 62.3 PPG rate over the last three games (compared to 71.8 PPG on the season).

I expect a back-and-forth affair where Iowa comes out on top in the end.

Final Score Prediction: Iowa: 75 | Iowa State: 70

Iowa State vs Iowa Betting Trends

- Iowa State is 1-5-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last seven games against Iowa.
- Iowa is 15-4 straight up in its last 19 games.
- The total has hit the under in 11 of Iowa State's last 12 games.
- The total has hit the over in 11 of Iowa's last 14 games against Iowa State.

Iowa State vs Iowa Best Bet

Iowa shouldn't have an issue covering the 4.5-point spread tonight. In addition to covering the spread in four of their last six games against the Cyclones, the Hawkeyes have also won each of their last four games against them by at least 14 points.

With Iowa State's offense dropping off and Iowa being 4-0 ATS at home this season, I'll take the Hawkeyes covering the spread.

Bet: Iowa -4.5 (-105)


Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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