Iowa State at Baylor: 2/23/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Baylor Bears (17-0) vs Iowa State Cyclones (2-16)
Game Info: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Ferrell Center)
Betting Odds: Baylor Bears -24.5 -- Over/Under: 145 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Iowa State Cyclones will travel to the Ferrell Center to take on the 2nd ranked Baylor Bears this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Iowa State Cyclones lost their 12th straight game and dropped to 2-16 on the season after being defeated by the 9th ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 66-56, this past Saturday. Iowa State fought back from a 41-25 halftime deficit to take a 46-45 lead midway through the 2nd half, however, the Cyclones offense struggled down the stretch and could not fight back after Oklahoma took a 60-50 lead with 5:36 left in regulation. Iowa State shot 38.7% from the field and 21.1% from beyond the arc while Oklahoma shot 40.0% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc. Iowa State was outrebounded by Oklahoma by a 41-36 margin and forced just 8 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Jalen Coleman-Lands who had 13 points, 5 rebounds, & 5 assists.
On the season, Iowa State is averaging 65.6 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Cyclones are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 32.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iowa State has been led by Rasir Bolton (15.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.4 spg), Jalen Coleman-Lands (13.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Solomon Young (11.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg), & Javan Johnson (10.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.5 apg).
Defensively, Iowa State is allowing their opponents to average 77.0 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Cyclones have a rebound margin of -8.2 and a turnover margin of -2.1.
The 2nd ranked Baylor Bears have had their last 5 games postponed due to Covid-19 protocols and come into this game with a perfect 17-0 record after defeating the 6th ranked Texas Longhorns, 83-69, on February 2nd. Baylor had no trouble generating offense against the tough Texas defense and pulled away for the victory after taking a 71-59 lead with 6:30 left in regulation. Baylor shot 58.6% from the field and 52.4% from beyond the arc while Texas shot 54.9% from the field and 45.5% from beyond the arc. Baylor was outrebounded by Texas by a 27-26 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 17-12 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bears was Davion Mitchell who had 27 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Baylor is averaging 87.0 ppg on 50.7% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 10.7 three-pointers per game on 43.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Baylor has been led by Jared Butler (17.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.2 apg, 2.4 spg), MaCio Teague (14.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.5 apg), Davion Mitchell (13.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.8 apg, 2.1 spg), & Adam Flagler (10.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.7 apg).
Defensively, Baylor is holding their opponents to an average of 62.8 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 6.2 and a turnover margin of 6.1.
The Cyclones are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Tuesday games. The Bears are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games and 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games overall.
Baylor has not played in about three weeks, however, I am not too worried about the rust for the Bears as they are arguably the most talented team in all of College Basketball. Iowa State has struggled on both ends of the court as the Cyclones come into this game ranked just 298th in scoring offense & 301st in scoring defense and as the Bears offense, which ranks 3rd in scoring offense, 7th in FG%, & 1st in 3P-FG%, I think Bears has no trouble winning this one by 25+ points and gets us a cover. Good Luck!