Kansas State Wildcats vs. Baylor Bears Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/8/14
Baylor Bears (20-10) at Kansas State Wildcats (20-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm (Bramlage Coliseum)
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Baylor and Kansas State close out their regular seasons when they meet at Fred Bramlage Coliseum Saturday.
The Breakdown: The Bears improved to 8-9 in the conference behind their 74-61 upset of #16 Iowa State Tuesday. Senior F Corey Jefferson led all scorers with 21 points to go along with 7 rebounds, senior G Brady Heslip scored 18 points on 5 of 8 from downtown, and junior G Kenny Cherry added 16 points and 6 assists off the bench. Baylor connected on 47.4 percent from the floor and 7 of 19 from outside the arc to the Cyclones’ 40.0 percent from the floor and 12 of 29 from distance. The Bears also converted 13 of 17 from the free throw line and forced 14 turnovers. On the season, Baylor is averaging 75.0 ppg on 45.3 percent shooting. Jefferson leads the team with 13.3 ppg, followed by Heslip at 11.6 ppg.
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Meanwhile, K-State dropped to 10-7 and 4th place in the Big 12 after 77-61 loss at Oklahoma State Monday. The Wildcats were outdone from the floor 47.7 percent to 34.5 percent and from outside the arc 41.2 percent to 20.0 percent. K-State dominated the boards 41-31, but committed 14 turnovers and converted just 18 of 28 from the free throw line. Junior F Thomas Gipson had 10 points and 13 rebounds, freshman F Wesley Iwundu scored 10 points and grabbed 10 boards, and freshman G Marcus Foster added 9 points and 4 assists. Through 30 games, the Wildcats are averaging 69.1 ppg on 43.3 percent shooting. Foster leads the team with 14.9 ppg, followed by Gipson at 11.9 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -4 for K-State. Baylor topped the Tigers 87-73 in double overtime close to a month ago, but despite the score line, it wasn’t a dominant win. Look for the Wildcats to bounce back from getting handled at Ok State and cover.