Iowa State Cyclones vs. Baylor Bears - 2/25/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baylor Bears (20-7) at Iowa State Cyclones (20-6)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Hilton Coliseum)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Baylor Bears will travel to the Hilton Coliseum to take on the Iowa State Cyclones this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The 19th ranked Baylor Bears improved to 20-7 (8-6 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats, 69-42, this past Saturday. Baylor shot 49.1% from the field and 50.0% (8-16+) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bears was Rico Gathers who had 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals. Baylor is ranked 14th in the RPI Standings and has played the 8th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bears have been led by Taurean Prince (13.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.4 spg) and Kenny Chery (11.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.9 apg). Baylor is averaging 69.2 ppg (ranked 129th) on 43.2% shooting (ranked 191st). The Bears average 15.0 apg (ranked 38th) and are shooting 37.3% from beyond the arc (ranked 65th). Baylor is holding their opponents to an average of 58.8 ppg (ranked 19th on 39.3% shooting (ranked 34th). The Bears are pulling down 40.52 total rpg (ranked 5th) and have a rebound margin of 9.6 (ranked 3rd).
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The 12th ranked Iowa State Cyclones improved to 20-6 (10-4 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Texas Longhorns, 85-77, this past Saturday. Iowa State shot 46.4% from the field and 57.1% (12-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Georges Niang who had 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Iowa State is ranked 9th in the RPI Standings and has played the 20th ranked SOS. On the season, the Cyclones have been led by Georges Niang (14.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.4 apg) and Bryce Dejean-Jones (12.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.5 apg). Iowa State is averaging 79.8 ppg (ranked 8th) on 48.6% shooting (ranked 12th). The Cyclones average 7.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 44th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.49 (ranked 7th). Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 69.0 ppg (ranked 249th) on 41.8% shooting (ranked 123rd). The Cyclones pull down 36.5 total rpg (ranked 76th) and have a rebound margin of 2.3 (ranked 105th).
The Bears are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games. The Cyclones are 6-2 ATS in their last 5 games vs. the Big 12 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Baylor has won two in a row as their defensive has given up only 45.5 ppg in that span. Iowa State has won three in a row and picked up two huge road wins against Oklahoma State and Texas. Although Baylor looked great against KSU, however, they are 3-4 on the road in Big-12 play with 3 of those losses coming by more than 9 points. Iowa State was able to put up 73 points in their initial match-up at Baylor and I think that they'll once again find success at home. I think Iowa State covers this spread.