The top-ranked Baylor Bears will look to extend their phenomenal 16-game winning streak when they hit the road to take on the Iowa State Cyclones in a mid-week Big 12 battle on Wednesday night. Now, with Iowa State desperate for a win and Baylor looking to cement their status as one of the best national championship contenders in the country, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their college basketball odds in this affair.
Baylor vs Iowa State 2020 College Basketball Odds & Game Prediction
- When: Wednesday January 29, 2020, 9:00 PM ET
- Where: James H. Hilton Coliseum, Ames, IA
- TV: ESPNU
- Radio: Baylor / Iowa State
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- College Basketball Odds: Baylor -4 / Total: 137
Why Bet On Baylor?
There are a ton of good reasons to back the red-hot Bears in this matchup. First, Baylor has won 16 straight games including a 72-61 road win over Florida on Saturday.
“Credit the players for always wanting to represent the Big 12,” said Bears coach Scott Drew on his postgame radio show. “We knew we had to come through. This is a difficult place to play. They had students camping out and tons of energy and excitement. They came out on fire but we responded like a veteran team.”
Then, there’s the fact that the Bears have gone a perfect 9-0 on the road this season, not to mention the fact that Baylor has an elite defense that limits the opposition to just 58.6 points per game to rank fifth nationally in points allowed. While Baylor averages a modest 72.7 points per game offensively, the Bears also force their opponents into some difficult shooting nights by limiting their opponents to just 38.3 percent shooting from the field (19th).
- Average Score For: 72.67
- Field Goals: 42.82%
- Three Points: 35.24%
- Free Throws: 71.30%
- Rebounds: 38.89
- Average Score Against: 58.61
- Field Goals: 38.31%
- Three Points: 31.14%
- Free Throws: 66.18%
- Rebounds: 32.72
Why Bet On Iowa State?
The best reason to back the Cyclones is that they’re completely desperate for a win after dropping three of their last four games including a heartbreaking 80-76 loss against title-hopeful Auburn on Sunday. The bad news is that the Cyclones average a modest 76.2 points per game (65th) and shoot a pitiful 31.3 percent from beyond the arc (281st) while allowing 72.5 points per contest defensively (264th). Iowa State has also dropped three of their 11 home dates this season while going an uninspiring 2-2 in their last four home games.
- Average Score For: 76.21
- Field Goals: 44.64%
- Three Points: 31.34%
- Free Throws: 72.97%
- Rebounds: 36.00
- Average Score Against: 72.47
- Field Goals: 44.14%
- Three Points: 37.12%
- Free Throws: 67.00%
- Rebounds: 36.84
College Basketball Betting Trends for Baylor vs Iowa
- Baylor is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 games
- Baylor is 10-0 SU in the last 10 games
- The total went UNDER in 5 of Baylor’s last 7 games
- Iowa State is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 games played in January
- Iowa State is 2-6 SU in the last 8 games
- The total went UNDER in 4 of Iowa State’s last 6 games
Baylor vs Iowa State Expert Analysis and Prediction
While the home team in this Big 12 rivalry has gone 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings, I just don’t see the Cyclones covering the chalk in this affair against a Baylor team that is clearly better at both ends of the floor and particularly on defense.
Not only have the Bears gone a near-perfect 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games as a road favorite, but Baylor has also posted an insane 35-16-1 ATS mark in their last 52 road games.
With Iowa State going an uninspiring 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games as a home underdog, I think the handwriting is on the wall for an easy Bears win and cover.
Pick: Baylor 77 Iowa State 62