Iowa State @ Villanova
Current Records: Iowa State 3-0; Villanova 2-2
What to Know
The Villanova Wildcats will take on the Iowa State Cyclones at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Iowa State will be strutting in after a win while the Wildcats will be stumbling in from a defeat.
It was close but no cigar for Villanova as they fell 73-71 to the Michigan State Spartans last Friday. Villanova's loss came about despite a quality game from forward Eric Dixon, who had 24 points in addition to nine boards.
Meanwhile, Iowa State strolled past the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers with points to spare on Sunday, taking the matchup 68-53. Iowa State got double-digit scores from four players: guard Jaren Holmes (19), guard Caleb Grill (11), forward Aljaz Kunc (10), and forward Robert Jones (10).
Barring any buzzer beaters, Villanova is expected to win a tight contest. But bettors beware: they are 0-3 against the spread when favored.
The Wildcats are now 2-2 while the Cyclones sit at 3-0. A pair of stats to keep an eye on: Villanova comes into the contest boasting the fifth fewest turnovers per game in college basketball at 8.5. But Iowa State enters the game with 25 takeaways on average, which is the best in college basketball. We'll see which of these strengths -- offense or defense -- will win out.
How To Watch
- When: Thursday at 3:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter -- Portland, Oregon
- TV: ESPN2
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Wildcats are a slight 1.5-point favorite against the Cyclones, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Wildcats as a 2.5-point favorite.
This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last seven years.