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College Basketball Betting — Baylor Wants to Hold Off Track Meet with Iowa State

The Baylor Bears are a team that looks like it may be fulfilling the promise it was showing earlier in the season. On Saturday night the Bears will be locking horns with the Iowa State Cyclones in the Big 12 title game, which is part of college basketball betting action that is slated to get underway at 9 PM ET at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

Baylor, with a 24-10 straight-up record and wins over Oklahoma and Texas in this conference tourney, finds itself almost assured of a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The bears have also crept over the .500 mark in terms of covering the poinstrpead as well (14-13 ATS). Iowa State, which came into the Big 12 tournament as the #16 team in the Associated Press poll, will wind up with a favorable seed if it wins on Saturday night, due in no small part to a minor upset of Kansas on Friday. The Cyclones are 25-7, with a ledger of 14-15 against the NCAA odds.

In the college basketball betting lines that have been established on this game by the folks at BetDSI, the Cyclones are slightly favored:

Iowa State Cyclones -2
Baylor Bears +2

Over 149.5 points -110
Under 149.5 points -110

Certainly Baylor does not mind getting out and running with the basketball, but they have to be careful of playing into the hands of Iowa State, which averages a little over 83 points per game. The Cyclones have rocked the Sprint Center with totals of 91 points against Kansas State and 94 against Kansas. They have combined to shoot 52% in two tournament games, though basketball bettors know that they caught a bit of a break when they didn’t have to face the Jayhawks’ fantastic freshman shot-blocker, Joel Embiid.

When they take the floor against Baylor, they will have another intimidator to deal with. Isaiah Austin is one of those players who has been known to go to sleep for intermediate stretches, but is quite a force when he is wide awake. Austin blocked seven shots against Texas in Friday’s 86-69 victory, which Bears covered as a 1.5-point favorite in the NCAA betting odds.

When it comes to dealing with 6’7″ Georges Niang and 6’6″ Melvin Ejim, the conference player of the year, Baylor is well-equipped, with two studs on the front line in Austin and Cory Jefferson, the power forward who had 20 points and 13 rebounds against the Longhorns. BetDSI customers know that they can also stretch the defense with Brady Heslip, who made nine of his 14 three-point attempts against ISU in the two encounters during the campaign.

After starting their season off with a 12-1 record, which included a victory over Kentucky and a #7 national ranking, Baylor opened up its Big 12 schedule with an 87-72 loss to Iowa State, as the Bears surrendered 55% from the field, which was one of the highest totals of the season against them. But the rematch, on March 4, turned out somewhat significant, in that Baylor was able to hold Iowa State below 70 points for the only time this season, chalking up a 74-61 victory. Baylor has now won ten of its last eleven games, going 9-1-1 against the college basketball betting lines over that period.

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