McNeese State vs Iowa State Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 11 (Don't Expect Fireworks in Ames)

Larry Rupp
McNeese State vs Iowa State prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
McNeese State vs Iowa State prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Matthew Putney
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McNeese State vs Iowa State Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
McNeese State Cowboys (3-6, 1-4 Away) vs. No. 20 Iowa State Cyclones (7-2, 5-0 Home)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m. ET
Venue: James H. Hilton Coliseum — Ames, IA
Coverage: Big 12 Network/ESPN+

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Sunday with an exciting matchup between the McNeese State Cowboys and No. 20 Iowa State Cyclones. McNeese State is coming off a thrilling 52-49 win over Northern Iowa on Friday. Junior Roberts Berze led the way with 12 points off the bench.

Meanwhile, Iowa State couldn't keep up in a disappointing 75-56 loss to Iowa on Thursday. Robert Jones provided the highlights on offense with an efficient double-double (11 points & 10 rebounds). The Cyclones struggled to score from deep, going 3-of-22 from three-point range as a team, though.

McNeese State vs Iowa State Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: MCNEE: (N/A) | IAST: (N/A)
Spread: MCNEE: +25.5 (-110) | IAST: -25.5 (-110)
Total: 126.5 —Over: (-115) | Under: (-105)

Iowa State enters this contest as heavy home favorites on the spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 6 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 126.5 points, which is below average compared to Sunday's projected totals.

McNeese State vs Iowa State Prediction & Pick

There's no denying that Thursday's loss was an ugly one for Iowa State. It was the Cyclones' first true road test and they failed. The good news is that they are back in James H. Hilton Coliseum tonight and have a perfect opportunity to bounce back. After all, Iowa State has yet to lose at home (5-0).

McNeese State enters this game averaging 61.0 points per game (No. 331 in NCAA), while giving up 74.8 points per game (No. 273 in NCAA). The Cowboys are not excelling on either side of the court and now face a Cyclones offense that is putting up 74.0 points per home game. This is a mismatch.

Iowa State is 8-0 in its last eight games against a Southland opponent, so it should cruise to a win.

Final Score Prediction: McNeese State: 48 | Iowa State: 74

McNeese State vs Iowa State Betting Trends

- McNeese State is 4-1 against the spread (AT)S in its last five games.
- The total has hit the under in five of McNeese State's last six games.
- Iowa State is 8-0 straight up in its last eight games against a Southland opponent.
- The total has hit the under in each of Iowa State's last six home games.

McNeese State vs Iowa State Best Bet

Backing any college basketball team to cover a spread that crosses the 25-point mark is risky. All it would take is a bad shooting first half or a late-game meltdown to go from a winning bet to a losing bet. That's why betting on less than 126.5 total points to be scored is the way to go in this matchup.

The total has hit the under in each of Iowa State's last six home games as well as in five of McNeese State's last six games overall. The under has also cashed in each of Iowa State's last 10 games played on a Sunday. With the Cyclones in need of a bounce-back win, look for them to step it up on defense.

Bet: Under 126.5 Points (-110)

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. 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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