College Basketball Picks: Baylor Bears vs. Iowa State Cyclones

Baylor Bears vs. Iowa State Cyclones
Tuesday, 1/7/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Iowa State -6.5
Current Betting Line:  Iowa State -6.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Baylor Bears have never beaten the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames, IA

The Baylor Bears have never beaten the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames, IA

Baylor has won six games in a row, including an 80-50 victory over Savannah State last time out.  The Bears have out-shot all 13 opponents this season and have been out-rebounded only once in 13 games, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks Tuesday night.  It’s important to point out that the program is 0-5 SU all-time when playing in a battle of top-10 teams.  Baylor is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 road games following three or more consecutive home games.

The Bears have nine players averaging 14-plus minutes per game, which has led to their bench scoring 30.9 points a contest.  Baylor has dropped all 11 of its previous trips to Ames, IA—something that can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Three of the team’s five probable starters are averaging in double figures, with junior forward Cory Jefferson leading the way at 14.2 points a contest.  He has scored in double figures in a career-best 11 straight games.

Iowa State is one of just six unbeaten teams remaining in the nation, as its 13-game winning streak matches the longest in school history.  The Cyclones are also one of just seven programs that have three players averaging at least 15 points a contest, with Melvin Ejim leading the charge at 17.7 points a contest.  He’s shooting 51.5 percent from the field and is also grabbing 7.6 boards a game.  Iowa State is 20-7 ATS in its last 27 home games.

The Cyclones have shot better than their opponents from the field in 11 of 13 games, while they’ve won the rebounding battle in all but four contests.  Iowa State is averaging 28.4 free throw attempts per game in the last nine contests—knocking down 72.3 percent of those tries.  The program holds a 15-9 SU edge in this series, including a 4-1 mark under head coach Fred Hoiberg.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cyclones due to their 7-0 ATS mark in their last seven home games in this series.

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