In their Phil Knight Invitational match against the North Carolina Tar Heels on Friday night, the Iowa State Cyclones, who are 4-0 in the Big 12 conference, will look to upset the nation’s best team.
After defeating Villanova 81-79 despite being a 1.5-point favorite, the Cyclones are currently 2-0. After a 15-point win over Portland, the Tar Heels defeated that team 89-81. North Carolina is 3-1 in games against Iowa State.
North Carolina vs Iowa State betting odds
Details of the game between North Carolina and Iowa State
Fixture: Tar Heels vs. Cyclones
Date and Time: Friday, November 25 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon
North Carolina vs Iowa State key stats
With 78.7 points per game, the Cyclones are doing well. In their last game, they converted 45.5% of their field goal attempts to points and 28.6% of their 3-point attempts to points, for a total of 81 points. The Cyclones’ leading scorer for the team, Gabe Kalscheur, had 23 points with four assists and three rebounds to his name.
Robert Jones scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Osun Osunniyi contributed 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. Despite allowing 45 points per game, the Cyclones’ defense was strong. They lost their previous game by 79 points, so they need to perform better to win.
The Tar Heels won their last contest and rose to the top of the ACC. Caleb Love and Pete Nance topped the scoring charts for the unit. Love scored 23 points and had four assists, while Nance had 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Tar Heels’ win. They shot a whopping 53% field goal percentage and 625 from the line.
The Tar Heels struggle defensively, although they manage to win their games. They average 70.6 points at 40.8% shooting against their opponents.
They’ll be a force to be reckoned with on offense as four of their five starters are averaging more than 14 points per game this season. They’ve improved their field goal percentage significantly, but are still struggling with their three-point percentage.
North Carolina vs Iowa State Betting Prediction
With three of their four games ending in 80 points or more, the Cyclones have done well on offense. They struggled to take long-range shots and didn’t master the FT line as well as the Tar Heels.
They’re good at rebounding the ball and that aspect could come in handy for them to stay alive in the competition, but they’re up against a North Carolina defense that kept four of their five opponents to under 70 points, so they will have a hard time keeping up with the tar heels. Take the tar heels to cover the spread.
Choice: Tar Heels -5.5 (-115)