Iowa State Cyclones vs. Baylor Bears Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/7/14
Baylor Bears (12-1) at Iowa State Cyclones (13-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Hilton Coliseum)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Baylor Bears collide with the Iowa State Cyclones in a top 10 conference showdown Tuesday.
Baylor is 12-1 and ranked 7th in the nation by virtue of having played the country’s 17th toughest schedule to this point, with a 67-62 upset over then #3 Kentucky Dec. 6 and a narrow 74-67 loss to then #8 Syracuse in the title game of the Maui Invitational Nov. 27 being the high points. Opening Big 12 play at #9 Iowa State, however, could be the Bears’ stiffest test yet. Baylor routed Savannah State 80-50 in its last outing Friday for its 12th consecutive home win. The Bears shot 27 of 51 while holding the Tigers to 33 percent from the field and just 6 of 23 from beyond the arc. Sophomore F Taurean Price came off the bench to score a team-high 15 points on 4 of 6 shooting, including 6 of 8 from the line. Baylor hit 7 of 18 from distance and struggled from the foul line, connecting on just 19 of 28. The Bears outrebounded Savannah State 41-31. Led by senior F Cory Jefferson’s 14.2 ppg, Baylor is averaging 78.8 points per contest on a 5th-ranked 50 percent from the field.
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Iowa State, meanwhile, won its Big 12 opener 73-62 over Texas Tech Saturday to improve to 13-0, tying a school record for consecutive wins. The Cyclones were outshot from the field 43 to 42 percent and outrebounded 34-31, but capitalized on second chance baskets with 13 to the Red Raiders’ 9. Sophomore F Georges Niang had a team-high 17 points and 7 rebounds on 7 of 16 shooting, while senior F Melvin Ejim added 16 points and connected on 6 of 6 from the stripe. After leading 44-29 at the half, Iowa State allowed Tech to climb back in with an 11-4 run to start the second half. The Cyclones responded with a run of their own, pushing the lead to as many as 12 points and taking the lead for good by the five minute mark. On the season, Iowa State is averaging 87.0 ppg on 48 percent shooting and Ejim leads the team with 17.7 ppg.
The line in this one is currently set at -6.5 for Iowa State and Baylor’s a team that’s showcased its wares against the best, barely falling to the nation’s #2 team in Syracuse, not to mention taking out Kentucky, while Iowa State’s only faced one ranked team in then #23 Iowa. Baylor’s RPI is the best barometer right now, making the points the play.
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