College Basketball Betting Free Pick: Florida A&M Rattlers at Iowa State Cyclones
CBB FREE PICK: Florida A&M Rattlers at Iowa State Cyclones
#308768 UNDER 146 (Tuesday, December 31 @ 7 pm EST)
If you sift through Florida A&M’s results, you’ll notice a pattern of offensive struggles against power conference foes. The Rattlers netted 48 vs. USC, 51 vs. Seton Hall, 58 vs. Kansas State, and 43 vs. Tennessee. The average game score of those four games was only 128; a far cry from tonight’s total of 146. Iowa State tends to play at a faster pace than those four teams but the question is, does it warrant this high of a total considering A&M’s inability to score?
The Cyclones have had their defensive issues, allowing 80+ to five of six power conference opponents. They have however been able to keep mid-major foes in check. With the exception of their season opening win against ultra up-tempo Mississippi Valley State (110-74), ISU allowed 52 to Northern Illinois, 45 to Southern Miss, 61 to UMKC, and 59 last time out to Fort Wayne.
With such a big mismatch, there is always the concern the last five minutes turns into a glorified scrimage. But with Big 12 play about to get underway, Iowa State can ill-afford a sloppy performance. And unlike MVSU, Florida A&M’s “roots” are poor offense, sound defense, and a slow pace.