Iowa State Cyclones Odds

Finding the best Iowa State basketball odds is easy because the state has 17 different sportsbooks to draw from. Cyclone bets can be an adventure because one arrival or one departure can make a huge difference each season. Two years ago, the Cyclones managed only two wins. Last season, they beat favored LSU and Wisconsin to reach the Sweet 16.

Iowa sports bets on Cyclones basketball can be an up-and-down proposition, but the program is known for more good seasons than bad. They also have a reputation for making deep runs in the Big 12 Conference Tournament.

Live ISU Odds at Iowa Sportsbooks

Legal sportsbooks in Iowa offer a lot of ways to bet Iowa State men’s basketball games. Here’s how to bet on the Cyclones’ men’s team online in Iowa including live odds for the next ISU basketball game.

Check our live odds feeds below (when active) for the best live point spread, moneyline and totals odds at Iowa online sportsbooks for the next Iowa St. Cyclones game. Click on any odds to go directly to the online sportsbook, claim your bonus and register a new account. On the right-hand side see the best available odds for the Cyclones to win the Big 12, make the Final Four or win the National Championship.

Tonight’s Cyclones Odds

Iowa State Big 12, Final Four odds

How to Bet On Cyclones Basketball

Although Iowa is full of retail sportsbooks inside casinos, the ultimate convenience is online sports betting. It’s easy, free, and quick to get that set up for yourself using a computer, smartphone, or tablet. Just visit the website of the sportsbook of choice on your computer or Android device. If you’re using an iOS device, search for the mobile betting app that corresponds to the sportsbook you want to use.

From there, the sportsbook will walk you through the registration process. You’ll just have to provide a few pieces of identifying information so the sportsbook can verify you are eligible to bet. In Iowa, that means you’re at least 21 years of age and not on any gambling self-exclusion lists. Once you’re verified, the next step is to make your first deposit. Watch your email and notifications for deposit bonuses the sportsbook offers, as these tend to be the best promos you can get.

After you’ve made your deposit, it’s time to browse the betting markets. Click or tap on the college basketball heading, then scroll until you see the Cyclones game. There are many ways to bet on college basketball games in Iowa. You can even bet on the results of entire seasons or parts of games if you wish.

College Basketball Betting Formats

Sports betting is now widely available in Iowa, with sportsbooks offering a range of markets on all Iowa State Cyclones basketball games — as well as a full range of NBA and NCAA matches. Here are some of the most popular markets:

  • Point Spread: In this market, the sportsbook will add a number of points onto the underdogs to make the game an even betting proposition. If you’ve backed the favored team, you’d need it to win by more than the point spread, otherwise, all backers of the underdog will win.
  • Moneyline: This is a simple bet on the outright winner of the game. The money line can be a good option if you fancy an outsider to cause an upset at long odds (March Madness, for example), or if you think a favorite is a solid win for a small return.
  • Totals: Totals wagers are where you’ll predict if the total amount of points in the game (from both sides combined) will be higher or lower than a given number. A good market to get involved in if you think the offenses or defenses will dominate a game.

As well as these options, on the bigger games in the season, you can find a series of prop bets. These can be based on the score at halftime or at the end of regulation. The main futures market in college basketball is the outright winner of the NCAA Championship. If you think the Iowa State Cyclones men’s basketball team might have a chance of success in March, you can back them early at long odds.

Bets not allowed in Iowa

Iowa law says sportsbooks can’t accept prop bets based on the results of individual Iowa college athletes’ performances. For example, you can’t bet on how many points a top scorer like Tyrese Hunter will score in a game. That doesn’t apply to team-based props, however. So, you’re good to place a wager on the Cyclones first-half spread, for instance. Other than that exception, there are no restrictions for college basketball in Iowa.

How did the Cyclones do last season?

Iowa State’s mastery of the non-conference opponents carried them into the Sweet 16 in the 2021-22 season.  The surprising 11th-seeded Cyclones (22-12) upset No. 6 seed LSU 59-54 Friday, March 18, in Milwaukee. They followed that victory with a 54-49 win over No. 3 seed Wisconsin two days later.

They were a perfect 15-0 vs. opponents outside of the Big 12 until they faced No. 10 seed Miami (FL) March 25 in Chicago. The Cyclones season ended with a 70-56 loss to the Hurricanes. Coach T.J. Otzelberger’s team went from 2 wins in 2000-21 to a 22-13 record in 2021-22.

Looking ahead to the 2022-23 Cyclones

Guards Caleb Grill and Gabe Kalscheur are expected to return along with forwards Aljaz Kunc and Robert Jones.

Transfers were a big part of the Iowa State turnaround story and more help is on the way. On April 4, the Cyclones landed 6-foot-5 Temple guard Jeremiah Williams who averaged 9.5 ppg while leading the Owls in steals and minutes per game. Otzelberger added 6-foot-7 Georgetown transfer Tre King right before the new year. King didn’t play for the Hoyas but he averaged 14.9 ppg and 6.3 rpg in the 2020-21 season for Eastern Kentucky.

Guard Jeren Holmes (13.5 ppg) and forward/center Osun Osunniyi (11.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2.9 bpg) of Saint Bonaventure join forward Hason Ward (6.5 ppg) of VCU as arrivals from the A-10. There’s also speculation that Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year A.J. Green (18.8 ppg) may transfer from Northern Iowa to Iowa State. Green’s father, Kyle, is an assistant coach for the Cyclones.

Kansas QB Conrad Hawley is switching sports and schools. He announced his commitment to Iowa State on June 11.

Departing players include star guard Izaiah Brockington (16.9 ppg), who made himself eligible for the NBA Draft and George Conditt IV, who will also seek a pro career. The Cyclones sustained another big loss when emerging star guard Tyrese Hunter (11 ppg) entered the transfer portal. Other departures include guards Javon Johnson (DePaul), Tristan Enaruna (Cleveland State) Jaden Walker and Tre Jackson (Western Carolina).

Forwards Xavier Foster (SMU) and Blake Hinson (Pitt) didn’t see playing time last season. They’re both on the way out of Ames as well.

When does the Iowa State basketball schedule come out?

Fans typically won’t get a full view of the 2022-23 schedule until late summer. We already know the Cyclones will be participating in the Phil Knight Invitational on Nov. 24-25 and 27 in Portland. It’s a strong field featuring Alabama, Michigan State, North Carolina, Oregon, Portland, UConn and Villanova. Other notes:

  • The Cyclones will open the season Nov. 7 with IUPUI.
  • The Cyclones host St. John’s in a Big 12-Big East Basketball Battle on Dec. 4.
  • Iowa City has the Cy-Hawk game, so Iowa State visits the Hawkeyes on Dec. 8.
  • Other home games (dates subject to change) include North Carolina A&T (11/13),  Milwaukee (11/20), North Dakota (11/30), McNeese State (12/11) Western Michigan (12/18) and Omaha (12/21).
  • The SEC/Big 12 Challenge will take place on Jan. 28. The Cyclones have a road game at Missouri.

Iowa State Cyclones Records Over the Past Seven Years

  • 2021-22: 22-13 overall, 7-11 Big 12
  • 2020-21: 2-22 overall, 0-18 Big 12
  • 2019-20: 12-20 overall, 5-13 Big 12
  • 2018-19: 23-12 overall, 9-9 Big 12
  • 2017-18: 13-18 overall, 4-14 Big 12
  • 2016-17: 24-11 overall, 12-6 Big 12
  • 2015-16: 23-12 overall, 10-8 Big 12

Iowa State in March Madness

In all, the Cyclones have reached the NCAA Tournament a total of 20 times. Their biggest success came in their second entry in 1944 when they reached the Final Four. The achievement comes with a disclaimer, however. Only eight teams played in the championship at that time. Iowa State hasn’t been back to the Final Four since.

The Cyclones enjoyed their first sustained success in the modern era under coach Johnny Orr, who guided Iowa State to six NCAA berths and an NIT bid from 1981-94. Iowa State reached the Sweet 16 under Orr in 1986.

Tim Floyd (1995-98) succeeded Orr with a successful four-season run. He immediately guided the Iowa State program to a pair of second-round NCAA appearances and a Sweet 16 berth in his first three seasons. A Larry Eustachy five-season run from 1999-2003 included two NCAA berths, including a memorable Elite Eight run in the 2000 version of March Madness. Wayne Morgan guided the Cyclones to a second-round NCAA appearance in 2005.

Star Iowa State alum Fred Hoiberg brought March Madness success back to Hilton Coliseum during his five seasons in Ames. His teams reached the NCAA Tournament in four of the five seasons. The run included three second-round appearances and a Sweet 16 spot in 2014.

Steve Prohm guided the 2015-16 squad to the Sweet 16. His teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament in three of his six seasons.

Overall, the Cyclones have received a tournament bid in seven of the past 10 seasons. Their highest-ever seed is two, in both the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons.

Iowa State Cyclones Coaching Staff

  • 2021-22 to present: T.J. Otzelberger, 22-13
  • 2016-17 to 2020-21: Steve Prohm, 97-77
  • 2011-12 to 2015-16: Fred Hoiberg, 115-56
  • 2007-08 to 2014-15: Greg McDermott, 59-68
  • 2004-05 to 2006-07: Wayne Morgan, 55-39

Iowa State Cyclones Top 5 NBA Draft Picks

Marcus Fizer, whom the Chicago Bulls selected fourth overall in 2000, carries the distinction of the Iowa State player drafted into the NBA the earliest. The only other top-five pick for the Cyclones is Zaid Abdul-Aziz, who the now-defunct Cincinnati Royals nabbed at No. 5 overall in the 1968 draft.

Eight other players, including Tyrese Haliburton going No. 12 to the Sacramento Kings 2020, have gone from Iowa State to the NBA in the first round of an annual draft. Royce White went 16th overall to the Houston Rockets in 2012. In 1997, the Dallas Mavericks took Kelvin Cato with the 15th overall selection.

The Iowa State program has a strong track record of sending players to the NBA. Six Cyclones were on opening day NBA rosters for the 2021-22 season: Georges Niang, Abdel Nader, Monte Morris, Matt Thomas, Talen Horton-Tucker and Tyrese Haliburton.

Top 5 Iowa State Cyclones of All-Time

Naming the top five Cyclones is a difficult task. Here are seven candidates worth considering for your all-time Iowa State starting lineup:

  • Fred Hoiberg (1992-95): Few players return to their alma maters to coach, but Hoiberg adds that distinction to his accomplishments as a player. “The Mayor” won the hearts of Cyclone faithful over four years then played four seasons in the NBA. He led the Big Eight in effective field goal percentage in the 1993-94 season then set the pace for the entire NBA in three-point shooting percentage during the 2004-05 season. But, it’s Hoiberg’s coaching legacy that moves him to the top of any list of greats. His .673 winning percentage (115-56) is the high mark in Iowa State history.
  • Jeff Grayer (1985-88): With 2,502 points, Grayer holds the school record for scoring over his four-year career at Iowa State. He earned AP All-America honors in 1988 and made the all-conference team in three different seasons. Grayer was named to the Big 8’s All-Decade team in the ’80s. He is the only Cyclone basketball player to ever appear in the Olympic Games.
  • Jeff Hornacek (1983-86): No one from the state of Iowa has scored more points in the NBA than Hornacek. He played in more than 1,000 games for three franchises over 14 seasons. Not only did he finish with a career field goal percentage over 49% but he was an All-Star in the 1991-92 season. His final seasons with the Utah Jazz were perhaps the most memorable, as he helped the team win back-to-back Western Conference championships. He left Iowa State as the Big Eight’s all-time leader in assists.
  • Georges Niang (2012-2016): The popular power forward was the first Cyclone to reach four straight NCAA Tournaments. The current Philadelphia 76er was second all-time in career scoring with 2,228 points. Only three other Big 12 players scored more points in conference games than Niang did, with 1,151 points.
  • Gary Thompson (1955-57): The “Roland Rocket” was Iowa State’s first 1,000-point scorer and put Cyclone basketball on the map in the 1950s. His senior season included All-America and Big Seven “Player of the Year” honors. He finished his career with 1,253 points.
  • Marcus Fizer (1998-2000): Iowa State’s official website calls Fizer “arguably the most dominant big man in the history of ISU basketball.” He was runner-up for National Player of the Year in 2000 and led the Cyclones to the Elite Eight. He broke the single-season scoring mark in 2000 with 844 points.
  • Barry Stevens (1982-85): Iowa State went from 1944 to 1985 without an NCAA Tournament appearance. Stevens was a big reason the drought ended in his senior season. He was an all-Big 8 player in both 1984 and 1985. Stevens averaged 21.7 ppg as a senior.

Iowa State Cyclones Home Games

  • Campus: Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • Arena: Hilton Coliseum 
  • Coach: T.J. Otzelberger
  • All-time Record: 1,388-1,347 through 2020-21
  • Big 12 Record: 180-218 (1996-97 through the present)
  • Big 12 Titles: Six regular season, six tournament
  • NCAA Tournament Record: 19-20 (20 appearances)

How to Watch Cyclones Basketball Live

The Big 12 has a partnership with multiple broadcasters to carry men’s basketball games. The two primary places to look for Cyclones games are ESPN and Fox. For streaming options, ESPN+ may have Iowa State games available, subject to local blackout rules and other stipulations. Live games on Fox Sports, FS1, FS2, may be available on the Fox Sports Go app with a cable/satellite subscription. ESPN carries the Big 12 men’s basketball tournament.

Learfield IMG negotiates the radio rights for Iowa State athletics. If you’re not in the Ames area, you can find live audio streams of Cyclones games on the TuneIn Radio app.

Iowa State Cyclones Basketball FAQ

Iowa State’s colors are cardinal and gold. The mascot is Cy the Cardinal. The team nickname is a homage to frequent tornadoes in central Iowa.

Iowa State’s fight song is appropriately named “Iowa State Fights.” The song has enjoyed that official status since 1930.

There are some historical anecdotes here, but the main reason is that both of these athletic departments have been part of the same conference structures since the inception of the collegiate conference structure. Those conferences have had different names at different times, but these institutions have remained loyal over the decades.

The Cyclones have retired five jersey numbers for men’s basketball.

  • 14 – Jeff Hornacek/Waldo Wegner
  • 20 – Gary Thompson
  • 32 – Fred Hoiberg
  • 35 – Zaid Abdul-Aziz, Barry Stevens
  • 44 – Jeff Grayer

None. The Cyclones have never played for a national championship in men’s basketball. They did reach a national semifinal in 1944 but haven’t returned to the Final Four since then.