Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
We weren’t totally sold on this Baylor squad being the best team in the nation and the Bears have started to come back down to Earth as of late, barely getting past Iowa State and Oklahoma State at home, followed by a tough 68-89 loss on the road against West Virginia in their last outing. To be fair to Baylor, they’ve been way better than anyone was projecting them to be this season, especially with losing their best two players off of last year’s NCAA tournament team. Baylor still stands 15-1 overall with elite resume wins littered throughout their results. Baylor plays off of their tough D as the Bears rank 9th in the nation in total defense and 113th in scoring average.
Kansas State is another Big 12 squad that’s been better than most were expecting coming into the year as the Wildcats stand 13-3 overall and 2-2 in conference. K-State will be hurt by their weaker nonconference strength of schedule, but the Wildcats have looked really strong in Big 12 play coming off recent 2 and 1 point losses on the road against the likes of Kansas and Texas Tech. Kansas State has shown they can compete with anyone in the Big 12 and this group is 2-0 at home in conference with wins coming against Texas and Oklahoma. K-State also leans on their defense as the Wildcats rank 11th in the nation in points allowed compared to 139th in scoring average.
This should be a fun game to watch if you’re a fun of strong defensive squads. K-State has to be a bit frustrated with their inability to come through on the road in close games thus far in league play, but this group can’t dwell as they have to defend their home court. This game means more to the Wildcats and we like K-State to push Baylor as they go on to cover the spread.
Kansas State -2 -110