Kansas State vs. Baylor - 2/10/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baylor Bears (17-5) at Kansas State Wildcats (14-9)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Bramlage Coliseum)
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN News
The 21st ranked Baylor Bears will travel to Bramlage Coliseum to take on the Kansas State Wildcats this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The 21st ranked Baylor Bears lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 17-6 (6-4 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the 14th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers, 80-69, this past Saturday. Baylor went down by a 38-29 margin and allowed West Virginia to go up by a 51-36 margin early in the 2nd half that put the game out of reach for the Bears. Baylor struggled on the offensive end as they shot just 38.7% from the field and 25.0% (4-16) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Bears allowed West Virginia to shoot 49.1% from the field and 50.0% (7-14) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Baylor was Ishmail Wainright who had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and an assist. On the season, the Bears have been led by Taurean Prince (14.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Rico Gathers (12.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.0 spg), and Al Freeman (11.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.8 apg). Offensively, Baylor is averaging 78.4 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field and 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bears average 6.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.57. Defensively, Baylor is allowing their opponents to average 68.0 ppg on 44.1% shooting. The Bears have a rebound margin of 9.5 and average 8.3 steals per game.
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The Kansas State Wildcats improved to 14-9 (3-7 Big 12) on the season after upsetting the number one ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 80-69, this past Saturday. Kansas State was able to get a 38-32 lead at halftime and was able to hang on for the victory after getting up by 58-50 margin midway through the 2nd half. Kansas State was outstanding on the offensive end as they shot 52.9% from the field and 46.2% (6-13) from beyond the arc. The Wildcats held the Sooners to 25.0% (6-24) from three-point range and outrebounded Oklahoma by a 36-29 margin. Leading the way for Kansas State was Wesley Iwundu who had 22 points, 7 assists, 3 steals, and a rebound. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Wesley Iwundu (12.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.1 spg), Justin Edwards (11.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.8 spg), and Dean Wade (10.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.0 spg). Offensively, Kansas State is averaging 72.3 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field and 29.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Wildcats average 5.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.02. Defensively, Kansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.3 ppg on 42.3% shooting. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 3.1 and average 7.5 steals per game.
The Bears are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games however, just 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12 opponents. The Wildcats are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Baylor has struggled offensively as of late as during their two game losing streak the Bears are averaging just 64.5 ppg. Kansas State might be only 3-7 in Big 12 play this season but showed how dangerous a team that can be with their upset of Oklahoma this past weekend. Kansas State is a solid home team (11-2 record) which played Baylor to a tough double OT loss earlier this season, however, I think Baylor will be able to find some success on the offensive end in this one and as I do think the Bears are the better overall team, I’m going to take Baylor in the points in this one.