Baylor Bears vs. Iowa State Cyclones - 1/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa State Cyclones (12-2) at Baylor Bears (12-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Ferrell Center)
The Line: Baylor Bears -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Iowa State Cyclones will travel to the Ferrell Center to take on the Baylor Bears this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The 11th ranked Iowa State Cyclones improved to 12-2 (2-0 Big 12) on the season after defeating the 14th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers this past Saturday. The Cyclones shot 50.0% from the field and held West Virginia to 24.1% (7-29) shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Iowa State was Georges Niang who had 16 points and 5 rebounds. The Cyclones are currently ranked 20th in the RPI Standings and have played the 87th ranked SOS. On the season, Iowa State has been led by Georges Niang (15.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.6 apg) and Bryce Dejean-Jones (12.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg). On the season, the Cyclones are averaging 80.4 ppg (ranked 14th) on 49.0% shooting (ranked 16th). Iowa State is averaging 18.4 apg (ranked 2nd) and have a 1.53 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 5th). Defensively, the Cyclones are allowing their opponents to average 65.4 ppg (ranked 160th) on 40.6% shooting (ranked 99th). Iowa State is holding their opponents to 31.0% shooting from three-point range (ranked 85th). The Cyclones are pulling down 27.29 defensive rpg (ranked 27th) and 36.79 total rpg (ranked 94th).
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The 22nd ranked Baylor Bears snapped their two game losing streak and defeated the TCU Horned Frogs 66-59 in OT to improve to 12-3 (1-2 Big 12) on the season. Baylor really struggled offensively in the victory as they only shot 29.8% from the field and 8.3% (1-12) beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bears was Rico Gathers who had a double-double with 17 points and 18 rebounds. Baylor is currently ranked 25th in the RPI Standings and has played the 63 red ranked SOS. On the season, the Bears have been led by Taurean Prince (12.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.1 bpg) and Kenny Chery (10.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.6 spg). Offensively, Baylor is averaging 68.7 ppg (ranked 152nd) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 233rd). The Bears only shoot 64.6% from the free-throw line as a team (ranked 290th). Defensively, Baylor is holding their opponents to an average of 56.3 ppg (ranked 14th) on 38.3% shooting (ranked 36th). The Bears are holding opponents to 27.2% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 8th). Baylor averages 41.27 rpg (ranked 7th) and has a rebound margin of 10.2 (ranked 6th).
The Cyclones are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a S.U. win. The Bears are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600 and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games.
Iowa State has one of the better line-ups in the country and can really score the ball if they get things going. Baylor has been one of the surprising teams so far this year and have done a great job at shutting down teams with their defensive. I think that this will be one of the best games of night and I’m going to give the edge to Iowa State as they have experience playing in tight games and I just don’t trust Baylor hitting critical free-throws went needed. I’m taking Iowa State and the points in this one.