Cy-Hawk Basketball Odds: Iowa Favored Over No. 17 Cyclones

Written By Russ Mitchell on December 9, 2021 - Last Updated on July 22, 2022
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Background for a Cy-Hawk basketball bet

The Iowa vs. Iowa State rivalry dates back to 1909, but the teams didn’t play from 1935-1970. Moneyline bets have paid off for fans who bet on Iowa Hawkeyes basketball the last three years. Iowa also leads the overall series 47-27.

In its most recent outing, Iowa fell 87-83 in its home conference opener Monday against Illinois. The Hawkeyes are 7-2 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten.

The Hawkeyes are led by Keegan Murray who is the nation’s leading scorer at 23.9 ppg. He missed Friday’s game at then-No. 2 Purdue due to an ankle injury. He came back to score 17 of his team-high 19 points in the second half against Illinois to shave a 15 point second-half deficit down to three Monday night.

Coach Fran McCaffery said:

“Keegan wasn’t himself early, and maybe that’s understandable coming off of an injury. But he had it going in the second half.  We need to be better with our execution and limiting second-chance opportunities.”

As Murray continues his progress, he’ll be assisted by Patrick McCaffery who adds 12 ppg. Keegan’s brother Kris Murray averages 11.3 ppg.

How to watch the Cy-Hawk basketball game

  • What: Iowa (7-2, 0-2 in the Big Ten) at No. 17 Iowa State (8-0)
  • When8 p.m. broadcast
  • Where: Hilton Coliseum in Ames
  • TV: ESPN2

Iowa State hopes turnaround continues with a Cy-Hawk win

The Hawkeyes will see a new coach and a completely different roster at Hilton Coliseum. Nobody who scored a point in last year’s Cy-Hawk game is still on the Cyclones roster. Needless to say, a Iowa State basketball bet is much better this season compared to the two-win team from a year ago.

Iowa State’s three double-digit scorers Izaiah Brockington (16 ppg), Gabe Kalscheur (12.1 ppg) and Tyrese Hunter (11.6 ppg) will all see the Hawkeyes for the first time.

In another sign of progress, the Cyclones snapped a 25-game road losing streak with its 64-58 win Saturday over Creighton in Omaha. Coach T.J. Otzelberger said:

“That’s a tough game — not an easy game emotionally to play. I’m proud of our guys. They’re gritty. They stay together and they work hard every day.”

Beyond Cy-Hawk: The road to March Madness

Iowa’s Division I universities still have high-profile non-conference games left to pad an at-large resume. The Cy-Hawk winner will have another quality win in hand for the NCAA Selection Committee.

DECEMBER SCHEDULE

DateGames
Thursday, Dec. 9Iowa at Iowa State
Saturday, Dec. 11Drake vs. Clemson (Holiday Hoopsgiving in Atlanta)
Sunday, Dec. 12Jackson State at Iowa State
Tuesday, Dec. 14Jackson State at UNI
Thursday, Dec. 16Jackson State at Drake
Saturday, Dec. 18Iowa vs. Utah State (in Sioux Falls, SD)
UNI at Marshall
Sunday, Dec. 19SE Louisiana at Iowa State
Chicago State at Drake
Tuesday, Dec. 21SE Louisiana at Iowa
Chicago State at Iowa State
Wednesday, Dec. 22UNI vs. Liberty (Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu)
Drake vs. St. Louis (in Las Vegas)
Thursday, Dec. 23UNI vs. Stanford or Wyoming (Diamond Head Classic)
Saturday, Dec. 25UNI vs. BYU-South Florida or Vanderbilt-Hawaii (Diamond Head Classic)
Tuesday, Dec. 28Mount Marty at Drake
Wednesday, Dec. 29Western Illinois at Iowa
Wartburg at UNI

JANUARY SCHEDULE

DateGames
Saturday, Jan. 1Baylor at Iowa State
Sunday, Jan. 2Evansville at UNI
Drake at Missouri State
Monday, Jan. 3Maryland at Iowa
Wednesday, Jan. 5Texas Tech at Iowa State
Valparaiso at UNI
Drake at Southern Illinois
Thursday, Jan. 6Iowa at Wisconsin
Saturday, Jan. 8Iowa State at Oklahoma
UNI at Missouri State
Indiana State at Drake
Tuesday, Jan. 11Iowa State at Kansas
Indiana State at UNI
Wednesday, Jan. 12Illinois State at Drake
Thursday, Jan. 13Indiana at Iowa
Saturday, Jan. 15Texas at Iowa State
UNI at Southern Illinois
Drake at Evansville
Sunday, Jan. 16Iowa at Minnesota
Tuesday, Jan. 18Iowa State at Texas Tech
Wednesday, Jan. 19Iowa at Rutgers
UNI at Valparaiso
Bradley at Drake
Saturday, Jan. 22Penn State at Iowa
TCU at Iowa State
Drake at UNI
Wednesday, Jan. 26Iowa State at Oklahoma State
UNI at Evansville
Drake at Illinois State
Thursday, Jan. 27Purdue at Iowa
Saturday, Jan. 29Missouri at Iowa State (Big 12/SEC Challenge)
Illinois State at UNI
Sunday, Jan. 30Loyola-Chicago at Drake
Monday, Jan. 31Iowa at Penn State

FEBRUARY SCHEDULE

DateGames
Tuesday, Feb. 1Kansas at Iowa State
Wednesday, Feb. 2Bradley at UNI
Drake at Indiana State
Thursday, Feb. 3Iowa at Ohio State
Saturday, Feb. 5Iowa State at Texas
UNI at Drake
Sunday, Feb. 6Minnesota at Iowa
Tuesday, Feb. 8Iowa State at West Virginia
Wednesday, Feb. 9Southern Illinois at UNI
Missouri State at Drake
Thursday, Feb. 10Iowa at Maryland
Saturday, Feb. 12Kansas State at Iowa State
Drake at Bradley
Sunday, Feb. 13Nebraska at Iowa
UNI at Loyola-Chicago
Tuesday, Feb. 15Iowa State at TCU
Wednesday, Feb. 16UNI at Illinois State
Evansville at Drake
Thursday, Feb. 17Michigan at Iowa
Saturday, Feb. 19Oklahoma at Iowa State
Drake at Loyola-Chicago
Sunday, Feb. 20Missouri State at UNI
Tuesday, Feb. 22Michigan State at Iowa
Wednesday, Feb. 23Iowa State at West Virginia
UNI at Indiana State
Drake at Valparaiso
Friday, Feb. 25Iowa at Nebraska
Saturday, Feb. 26Iowa State at Kansas State
Loyola-Chicago at UNI
Southern Illinois at Drake
Monday, Feb. 28Northwestern at Iowa

MARCH SCHEDULE

DateGames
Wednesday, March 2Oklahoma State at Iowa State
Thursday, March 3Iowa at Michigan
Missouri Valley Tournament First Round
Friday, March 4Missouri Valley Tournament Quarterfinals
Saturday, March 5Iowa State at Baylor
Missouri Valley Tournament Semifinals
Sunday, March 6Iowa at Illinois
Missouri Valley Tournament Championship
Wednesday, March 9Big Ten Tournament First Round
Big 12 Tournament First Round
Thursday, March 10Big Ten Tournament Second Round
Big 12 Tournament Quarterfinals
Friday, March 11Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals
Big 12 Tournament Semifinals
Saturday, March 12Big Ten Tournament Semifinals
Big 12 Tournament Championship
Sunday, March 13Big Ten Tournament Championship
Selection Sunday
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Russ Mitchell has been covering news and sports in northwest Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most acclaimed community newspapers in the state. He looks forward to keeping readers up to date on the growing sportsbook industry in Iowa.

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