BIG-12 Tournament Betting Preview: Baylor Bears vs. Iowa State Cyclones – Thursday, March 14, 2019

by | Mar 14, 2019 | NCAA Basketball

Matchup at a Glance

Where: Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri

When: Thursday March 14th at 12:30 PM ET

Spread: Iowa State -3

Total: 143.5

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BookMaker has the Iowa State Cyclones favored by 3 points over the Baylor Bears. The Iowa State Cyclones enter this game with a record of 20-11 and lost four of their last five games including three losses in a row and are coming off a home loss on Saturday against Texas Tech by a score of 73-80.

The Baylor Bears enter this game with a record of 19-12 and have lost three of their last five games including three losses in a row and are coming off a road loss on Saturday against Kansas by a score of 70-78. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Baylor Bears.

Baylor Bears

The Bears are 19-12 overall and 14-13-3 ATS.  The Baylor Bears are in need of one to two more wins in order to secure their bid to the NCAA tournament as they likely need to get to at least 20 wins in order to get it. Baylor is 14-13-3 ATS overall, 7-2-2 ATS after a loss, 8-5-2 ATS as an underdog and 8-7-3 ATS in conference games.

Makai Mason leads the team in scoring with 365 points. Jared Butler leads the team in assists with 86. Mark Vital leads the team in rebounds and steals with 223 rebounds and 33 steals. Tristan Clark leads the team in blocks with 34.

Baylor is averaging 71.84 points per game which ranks 155th in college basketball. They are averaging 13.35 offensive rebounds per game which is above the 10.08 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 13.90 assists per game which is above the 13.38 average for the rest of college basketball.

The Bears are allowing 66.68 points per game which is below the 72.44 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 24.71 defensive rebounds per game which is below the 25.23 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 6.23 steals per game which is below the 6.36 average for the rest of college basketball.

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Iowa State Cyclones

The Cyclones are 20-11 overall and 15-14-2 ATS.  The Iowa State Cyclones are a team that should be in the NCAA tournament but may need one more win to secure their spot in the tournament. Iowa State is 15-14-2 ATS overall, 6-4 ATS after a loss, 11-11-2 ATS as a favorite and 8-10 ATS in conference games.

Marial Shayok leads the team in scoring with 560 points. Nick Weiler-Babb leads the team in assists with 125. Michael Jacobson leads the team in rebounds with 175. Tyrese Haliburton leads the team in steals and blocks with 50 steals and 27 blocks.

Iowa State is averaging 77.71 points per game which ranks 46th in college basketball. They are averaging 9.48 offensive rebounds per game which is below the 10.08 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 15.55 assists per game which is above the 13.38 average for the rest of college basketball.

The Cyclones are allowing 68.77 points per game which is below the 72.44 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 25.58 defensive rebounds per game which is above the 25.23 average for the rest of college basketball. They are averaging 7.06 steals per game which is above the 6.36 average for the rest of college basketball.

Baylor gets the win and cover

Even though Iowa State is favored in this game the Baylor Bears have owned their series as of late winning eight of the previous ten head to head matches. Baylor is 6-4 ATS in their last ten match-ups with Iowa State while outscoring the Cyclones by an average of 77.30 to 73.90 in those games. The Bears are 3-0 ATS in their last three meetings with the Cyclones while outscoring Iowa State by an average of 75.67 to 68.67 in those meetings. I look for those trends to continue with a Baylor win and cover in the game on Thursday. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.

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