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Baylor vs. Iowa State - 1/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iowa State at Baylor
Date & Time Tuesday January 8, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Ferrell Center
Waco, TX
The Line
The Line: Baylor Bears +3 -- Over/Under 136
TV Channel
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The 20th ranked Iowa State Cyclones will travel to the Ferrell Center to take on the Baylor Bears this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The 20th ranked Iowa State Cyclones won their 5th straight game and improved to 12-2 (2-0 Big 12) on the season after defeating the 5th ranked Kansas Jayhawks, 77-60, this past Saturday. Iowa State led by a 36-32 margin at halftime and had no trouble pulling away for the big home victory after an 8-0 Cyclones run gave Iowa State a 62-47 lead with 7:21 left in regulation. Iowa State shot 45.9% from the field & 52.0% from beyond the arc while forcing Kansas into committing 24 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Marial Shayok who had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.

On the season, Iowa State is averaging 82.1 ppg on 48.3% shooting from the field. The Cyclones are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iowa State has been led by Marial Shayok (20.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Michael Jacobson (14.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.0 apg), Lindell Wigginton (13.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.8 apg), Talen Horton-Tucker (12.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.5 spg).

Defensively, Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.4 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. The Cyclones have a rebound margin of 3.6 and a turnover margin of 4.6.

The Baylor Bears had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 8-5 (0-1 Big-12) on the season after being defeated by the TCU Horned Frogs, 85-81, this past Saturday. Baylor fought back from a 19-point 2nd half deficit to make it a one point game late, however, TCU was able to seal the game after a JD Miller free-throw with :05 seconds left in regulation made it a 4-point game. Baylor allowed TCU to shoot 56.6% from the field & 42.9% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bears was Tristan Clark who had 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Baylor is averaging 71.3 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 28.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Baylor has been led by Tristan Clark (14.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 spg, 2.6 bpg), Makai Manson (14.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.0 apg), King McClure (10.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.8 spg), and Mark Vital (6.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Baylor is holding their opponents to an average of 62.3 ppg on 39.6% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 6.2 and a turnover margin of 0.6.

The Cyclones are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win however, just 5-12 ATS in their last 17 road games. The Bears are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Iowa State showed everyone in College Basketball that they’re for real this season after an impressive showing agianst the Kansas. The Cyclones have been solid on both ends of the court this season and they come into this game ranked 37th in both scoring offense & defense. Baylor has won just 3 of their last 6 games and can struggle on the offensive end, however, this is a team that can keep themselves in games as their defense ranks 21st in scoring defense, 38th in defensive FG%, and 5th in blocks per game.

Iowa State has a very talented roster, however, this team doesn’t play the same way when they are away from Hilton Coliseum as they are just 3-2 in away/neural court games. Baylor’s defense is holding their opponents to just an average of 51.2 ppg over their last 4 home games and as I expect a bit of a let down from the Cyclones here, I’m taking Baylor at home with the points.

Baylor Bears +3

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