Iowa State Cyclones vs Creighton Bluejays Prediction, 12/4/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Iowa State Cyclones vs Creighton Bluejays
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021
Location: CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, NE
CHI Health Center Omaha is the site where the Creighton Bluejays (7-1) will take on the Iowa State Cyclones (7-0) on Saturday.
The Iowa State Cyclones played Arkansas-Pine Bluff and walked away with a win by a score of 83-64 in their last contest. In regard to fouls, the Cyclones ended up finishing with 20 while Arkansas-Pine Bluff totaled 18 fouls. They converted 6 of their 23 attempts from downtown. Arkansas-Pine Bluff finished the contest at 91.7% from the free throw line by converting 22 of 24 tries. In addition, Arkansas-Pine Bluff pulled down 23 rebounds (4 offensive, 19 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Arkansas-Pine Bluff distributed 8 dimes and had 5 steals in the game. Regarding the defense, Iowa State allowed 40.0% from the floor on 18 out of 45 shooting. They also dished out 19 dimes in the game in addition to forcing the opposition into 16 turnovers and having 9 steals. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 35 with 15 of them being of the offensive variety. When they shot from the free throw line, the Cyclones made 16 of their 20 shots for a rate of 80.0%. Iowa State finished the contest with a 44.8% field goal percentage (30 out of 67) and converted 7 of their 22 3-pointers.
Izaiah Brockington is someone who had an impact in the matchup. He ended up with 23 points on 10 of 20 shooting. He played for 35 minutes played and also snagged 10 boards. He finished the game at 50.0% from the floor and dished out 1 assist.
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Iowa State heads into this game with a mark of 7-0 for the campaign. They currently have an average of 76.7 pts per contest (107th in the nation) while shooting 45.7% from the field. The Cyclones are shooting 33.8% from downtown (52 of 154) and 69.9% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Iowa State is pulling down 37.4 boards per contest and has tallied 110 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 112th in the country in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 13.7 times per contest and as a squad are committing 19.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Cyclones are forcing their opponents into 19.1 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.6 fouls. They are ranked 20th in college basketball in allowing assists with 58 conceded for the campaign. The Cyclones are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 38.9% (142 of 365) and they concede 32.9 rebounds per contest as a team. They are giving up 25.8% on shots from distance while they are 51st in college basketball in points per game allowed (60.4).
The last time they took the court, the Creighton Bluejays went home victorious with a score of 80-55 when they played North Dakota State. In reference to rebounding, Creighton permitted North Dakota State to grab 32 in total (14 on the offensive side). They shot 34.6% from distance by going 9 of 26 and ended up shooting 10 of 14 from the free throw line (71.4%). The Bluejays permitted North Dakota State to bury 18 of 53 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 34.0% in this matchup. When this game wrapped up, the Bluejays shot 32 for 61 from the field which had them shooting 52.5%. Pertaining to 3-point attempts, Creighton converted 6 out of 15 tries (40.0%). They were able to knock down 10 of them for a clip of 83.3%. North Dakota State had 10 fouls in this contest which got the Bluejays to the charity stripe for 12 shots. They also gave up possession of the ball 6 times, while earning 8 steals in this matchup. The Bluejays pulled down 20 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 30 for the matchup.
Ryan Kalkbrenner ended up being a factor for the Bluejays in the matchup. He earned 17 points in his 25 minutes on the court, but didn't record an assist. He converted 7 of 8 in this contest giving him a rate of 87.5%, and earned 4 rebounds.
Creighton has a mark of 7-1 on the season. The Bluejays have committed 13.1 personal fouls every game and they shoot 65.2% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 15.4 times per game (69th in the nation) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.8 times per game. Creighton has scored 593 pts for the season (74.1 per contest) and they pull in 39.0 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Bluejays are hitting on 50.3% from the floor, which is 17th in college basketball.
The Creighton defense allows 32.5% on 3-point attempts (62 of 191) and their opponents are knocking down 73.9% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 11.9 dimes and 33.5 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 147th and 132nd in the nation. The Bluejays on the defensive end are ranked 125th in the nation in PPG allowed with 65.8. They have forced 11.9 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 39.4% from the field (82nd in college hoops).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Creighton
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