Baylor at Iowa State
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 19, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)|
Iowa State Cyclones -8 -- Over/Under: 143
The Baylor Bears will travel to Hilton Coliseum to take on the 19th ranked Iowa State Cyclones this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Baylor Bears dropped to 16-9 (7-5 Big 12) on the season after being defeated the 15th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders, 86-61, this past Saturday. Baylor was missing some key players in Makai Mason & King McClure and couldn’t fight back after Texas Tech took a 45-32 lead at halftime. Baylor struggled offensively against the tough Red Raiders defense and shot just 34.7% from the field and 36.0% from beyond the arc. Offensively, Baylor was led by Jared Butler who had 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Baylor is averaging 71.8 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Baylor has been led by Makai Mason (15.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.3 apg), Tristan Clark (14.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg), King McClure (9.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.4 spg), and Mario Kegler (9.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg).
Defensively, Baylor is holding their opponents to an average of 65.2 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 5.9 and a turnover margin of -0.3.
The 19th ranked Iowa State Cyclones improved to 19-6 (8-4 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats, 78-64, this past Saturday. Iowa State was incredible offensively agianst the tough Kansas State defense on the road and pulled away after taking a 72-60 lead with 2:14 left in regulation. Iowa State shot 52.7% from the field and 58.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iowa State has been led by Lindell Wigginton who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Iowa State is averaging 78.9 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field. The Cyclones are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 36.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iowa State has been led by Marial Shayok (19.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Lindell Wigginton (13.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.3 apg), Talen Horton-Tucker (12.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.3 spg), and Nick Babb (9.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.7 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Cyclones have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of 2.5.
The Bears are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Cyclones are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win, however, are just 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 Tuesday games.
Baylor has lost 3 of their last 4 games and come into this game ranked 209th in scoring offense, 36th in scoring defense, and 62nd in defensive FG%.
Iowa Sate has won 5 of their last 6 games and have been outstanding on both sides of the ball as the Cyclones rank 50th in scoring offense, 27th in FG%, and T-57th in scoring defense.
We’re going to have to keep an eye on this match-up as this pick really comes down to whether or not Baylor will have Makai Mason and King McClure back in action as they are both still listed as questionable with injuries that have made them miss the Bears last three games. As of right now, under the assumption that they will be missing this action, I just don’t see how we can go against Iowa State as I think their defense will be able to dominate a Baylor offense that has little weapons at home. Take Iowa State to cover. Good Luck!